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Supplies for New Enclosure

Discussion in 'Tortoise FAQs - New and need help?' started by Tortle101, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Tortle101

    Tortle101 New Member

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    I'm currently building a enclosure for a Russian Tortoise (That I have not gotten yet) and I am in need of some recommendations for lighting/heating, type of substrate etc.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Take a look at the Russian tortoise care sheet pinned at the top of our Russian section. I'm pretty sure it tells you what you'll need.
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    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

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    A very warm warm welcome to the forum.

    As was mentined, the care sheets will help you here. Please do not forget to post pics, once the enclosure is ready AND once you get the tort.
    Good luck.
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    People generally recommend a mercury vapour bulb that gives you light, heat and uvb requirements in one.
    Don't use the coiled/compact types as they are sometimes bad for your torts eyes or don't produce enough UVB.
    Some people use strip uvb lights as their choice.
    Coco coir is a very popular substrate but orchid bark and cypress mulch are also often used as is safe non herbicide treated top soil or garden earth, if you're completely sure it's safe and it doesn't contain too much sand.
    Have a look at the care sheet http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/russian-tortoise-care-sheet.80698/ for lots more useful advice.
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    I purchased a Powersun MVB bulb in January and it has been great. They are pricey but it has been worth it to me.
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