New Owner | New Enclosure

Rivermoore

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I'm wanting some feedback on the enclosure we put together for Puddles (Sulcata). After reading a TON on this forum I think we have a decent home for him.

  • 116 Qt Sterilite container (made a split lid)
  • Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp (on a day/night timer)
    • 100w ReptiSun Powersun UV (day)
    • 100w Ceramic heater (night)
  • Coco substrate
  • Ceramic pot hide and water dish
  • Rectangle stepping stone for food area
  • Cooler corner for growing grazing grass in the enclosure
  • Rose bush, aloe vera, Prickly Pear cactus, edible weeds, and grazing grass are already growing in pots on the porch

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Aluminum foil is secured over the opening where the lamp hangs down.

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Peak inside. Smells like a little garden!

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Left - Warm side
Right - Cool side
Basking - 95 degrees
Inside hide - 73 degrees

These temps were taken with the windows open in the apartment, so might be a little higher once the overall room temp is higher.

Any suggestions? Thanks!!
 
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Jodie

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Nice job. 73 is pretty low. Adjust so your low is 80 for babies. I am assuming since it is covered that the humidity is around 80%.
 

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Do you have night heat? I would put a CHE over by the hide on a thermostat with the probe inside the hide. Set it at 80F
 

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Yes, for babies they need day and night temps no lower then 80 with a humidity of 80%. I would bury the water dish so it's level with the top of the substrate. Otherwise you did good.
 

Rivermoore

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Thanks for the suggestions! I sunk the water dish in a little deeper.

We were messing around with the enclosure a bit before I took those first temp readings. It's now had a few hours to be completely enclosed. Here are the new readings:

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Left - Warm side - Humidity around 60%
Right - Cool side - Humidity around 80%

I have a CHE on at night and temp right underneath is holding at 105 degrees.
Inside the hide is now 81 degrees.
 
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