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2angelous7

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Are all these supplies good for a Golden Greek Tortoise? the clamps will plug into the thermostat

For a den/hide out: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=504408
CHE: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=167592
CHE goes with this: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=1441981
UVB and UVA: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=1128450
With the same clamp lamp as the CHE
This as bedding: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=905771
This as a thermostat for the CHE and Mercury bulb: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=401838
This for the thermometer and humidity gauge: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=690481

Am I missing anything except for the food dish, water dish, tank, and tortoise?
 

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Hello, welcome to the forum. Are you getting a hatchling or an adult? Your power son bulb is great. The bedding is just fine too. If you're getting an adult you probably do not need the CHE, if you're getting a hatchling then you will need it. Forget the gauges for the humidity and temperature. I suggest one of these.ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1440131525.955598.jpg
A temperature gun is also very important, this one is good but inexpensive.ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1440131556.637460.jpg
The timer and Power strip are great, but they are not a thermostat. They would work good for the timing of your lights. Somebody else will have to recommend a thermostat for you. I would avoid the clamp lamps because the clamps often fail and they are too small to spread out the heat and UVB. You can get one of these at the feed store or Home Depot for about 10 bucks.ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1440131732.469081.jpg
Those can be used for the mercury vapor bulb and the CHP. The log hide is fine, you can also use a flowerpot turned on its side and filled with dirt. Hatchlings may fall off the log though so if you do use it mound up the substrate around it to make a ramp so your little tortoise doesn't flip. Terra-cotta plant saucers make cheap and easy food and water dishes. Make the water one big enough for your Totis to self soak if you are getting a hatchling a large aquarium is fine but if you're getting an adult then it is not. You will need a much bigger enclosure.
I hope this helps. Check out the Mediterranean tortoise section, there is a Greek care sheet and also a Russian care sheet, the care is basically the same.
 

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Are all these supplies good for a Golden Greek Tortoise? the clamps will plug into the thermostat

For a den/hide out: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=504408
CHE: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=167592
CHE goes with this: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=1441981
UVB and UVA: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=1128450
With the same clamp lamp as the CHE
This as bedding: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=905771
This as a thermostat for the CHE and Mercury bulb: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=401838
This for the thermometer and humidity gauge: http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=690481

Am I missing anything except for the food dish, water dish, tank, and tortoise?

No. Most of those things are not good. Don't go to a pet shop. Go to the hardware store.

1. Half logs are fine for hiding, but you still need a humid hide.
2. CHE is fine, but you don't need one.
3. That dome is too small. Get one from Home Depot or somewhere similar.
4. The power sun is good, but even more important to have a larger dome for your fixture.
5. That bedding is good for hatchling, but too messy for an adult. I prefer orchid bark.
6. That is a timer, not a thermostat. You can't run a MVB like a Powersun on a thermostat.
7. This dial type stick on thermometer and hygrometers are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable.

Also, don't let the pet store numb skulls sell you a tiny 40 gallon tank for your new tortoise. It needs something MUCH bigger than that.

Try this:
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/

And these since care is essentially the same.
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/thread...or-other-herbivorous-tortoise-species.107734/
 

2angelous7

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Hello, welcome to the forum. Are you getting a hatchling or an adult? Your power son bulb is great. The bedding is just fine too. If you're getting an adult you probably do not need the CHE, if you're getting a hatchling then you will need it. Forget the gauges for the humidity and temperature. I suggest one of these.View attachment 144716
A temperature gun is also very important, this one is good but inexpensive.View attachment 144717
The timer and Power strip are great, but they are not a thermostat. They would work good for the timing of your lights. Somebody else will have to recommend a thermostat for you. I would avoid the clamp lamps because the clamps often fail and they are too small to spread out the heat and UVB. You can get one of these at the feed store or Home Depot for about 10 bucks.View attachment 144718
Those can be used for the mercury vapor bulb and the CHP. The log hide is fine, you can also use a flowerpot turned on its side and filled with dirt. Hatchlings may fall off the log though so if you do use it mound up the substrate around it to make a ramp so your little tortoise doesn't flip. Terra-cotta plant saucers make cheap and easy food and water dishes. Make the water one big enough for your Totis to self soak if you are getting a hatchling a large aquarium is fine but if you're getting an adult then it is not. You will need a much bigger enclosure.
I hope this helps. Check out the Mediterranean tortoise section, there is a Greek care sheet and also a Russian care sheet, the care is basically the same.
Ok thanks, I will make sure to check out Home Depot

Is this a good thermostat?? http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/hum...-thermostat-zid36-5037159/cat-36-catid-500012
 
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2angelous7

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No. Most of those things are not good. Don't go to a pet shop. Go to the hardware store.

1. Half logs are fine for hiding, but you still need a humid hide.
2. CHE is fine, but you don't need one.
3. That dome is too small. Get one from Home Depot or somewhere similar.
4. The power sun is good, but even more important to have a larger dome for your fixture.
5. That bedding is good for hatchling, but too messy for an adult. I prefer orchid bark.
6. That is a timer, not a thermostat. You can't run a MVB like a Powersun on a thermostat.
7. This dial type stick on thermometer and hygrometers are notoriously inaccurate and unreliable.

Also, don't let the pet store numb skulls sell you a tiny 40 gallon tank for your new tortoise. It needs something MUCH bigger than that.

Try this:
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/

And these since care is essentially the same.
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/
http://www.tortoiseforum.org/thread...or-other-herbivorous-tortoise-species.107734/
Thank you. I am using either a tortoise table or a large storage bin!
 

2angelous7

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Hello, welcome to the forum. Are you getting a hatchling or an adult? Your power son bulb is great. The bedding is just fine too. If you're getting an adult you probably do not need the CHE, if you're getting a hatchling then you will need it. Forget the gauges for the humidity and temperature. I suggest one of these.View attachment 144716
A temperature gun is also very important, this one is good but inexpensive.View attachment 144717
The timer and Power strip are great, but they are not a thermostat. They would work good for the timing of your lights. Somebody else will have to recommend a thermostat for you. I would avoid the clamp lamps because the clamps often fail and they are too small to spread out the heat and UVB. You can get one of these at the feed store or Home Depot for about 10 bucks.View attachment 144718
Those can be used for the mercury vapor bulb and the CHP. The log hide is fine, you can also use a flowerpot turned on its side and filled with dirt. Hatchlings may fall off the log though so if you do use it mound up the substrate around it to make a ramp so your little tortoise doesn't flip. Terra-cotta plant saucers make cheap and easy food and water dishes. Make the water one big enough for your Totis to self soak if you are getting a hatchling a large aquarium is fine but if you're getting an adult then it is not. You will need a much bigger enclosure.
I hope this helps. Check out the Mediterranean tortoise section, there is a Greek care sheet and also a Russian care sheet, the care is basically the same.
I'll get the same temp gun as you have, is this good for temp and humidity? http://www.lllreptile.com/products/28763-vivarium-electronics-digital-thermometer--hygrometer
 

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Thank you. I am using either a tortoise table or a large storage bin!
This been might be large enough for a while. For a hatchling anyway. You can just cut holes in the lid just big enough for the CHE and mercury vapor bulb to shine through, make the holes only slightly smaller then the fixture and then wrap the edges of the hole with tinfoil. This will help keep your enclosure humid and warm which is important for a hatchling. Your tortoise needs less humidity as an adult. ImageUploadedByTortoise Forum1440199304.311602.jpg I got mine at Home Depot
 

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It took me a while to figure out I can get many things at the hardware store for cheaper than the pet store. Certain things you can't like the mercury vapor bulb and the CH E. If you have a hatchling you need a CHE. If you're getting an adult you don't need one.
 

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I don't think the hatchling Greeks need quite as much humidity as others like leopard or sulcatas. But it is still important for them. And you definitely don't want humidity or a wet or damp substrate and cold temperatures. Don't let it get below 80° 24 hours a day. Hatchlings are fragile so you have to get it right. Have the everything all set up and tested before you get your tortoise.
 

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I don't think the hatchling Greeks need quite as much humidity as others like leopard or sulcatas. But it is still important for them. And you definitely don't want humidity or a wet or damp substrate and cold temperatures. Don't let it get below 80° 24 hours a day. Hatchlings are fragile so you have to get it right. Have the everything all set up and tested before you get your tortoise.
thanks you so much! i'm so excited!
 
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