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Tortoise Nursery Room

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by theguy67, May 14, 2017.

  1. theguy67

    theguy67 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I added an irrigation system yesterday! Works very well. I just need to hook it up to my electric valve. Right now it’s just on the faucet. After I have the valve wired to the controller, I’ll be-able to have it spray the enclosure down everyday. I’m not always there (due to school) so my father takes care of them. This means the enclosure dries out some between watering, although the babies always have water available. I will be very curious to see how the grass responds.
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    Grass growth after a few weeks.
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    Can't wait to see! :)
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    theguy67 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well It has been a while. I have not made much progress on the "nursery room", as I have been occupied with the outdoor pen, and related things. Now that it is summer, I've turned my focus back on renovating the room.

    As far as the "grass experiment" goes...I Lost most of my Bermuda over the winter. I honestly do not know what happened, but this time I have tried transplanting from the yard. Seems to be working much better this time.


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    Enjoyed reading you progress I'm going to be starting on my own tortoise nursery room soon!
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    theguy67 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks. Hopefully I will be moving on to the "room" part of the tortoise nursery room. I'm going to be making doors for cabinets and floating shelves. Once that is done I can organize everything (code for hiding the junk) and start on the enclosure above this one.
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    So it has been a while since I have updated the nursery room. Quick summary....

    The grass experiment finally failed. Both attempts lead to the grass eventually turning brown and dying. I’m not sure if it’s too much water, or not enough nutrients. Either way, grass is much more demanding than I had originally thought. I’m taking a different approach. As I did in the beginning, I’m going to constantly seed the bottom enclosure from my tortoise plant mix. Larger juveniles will decimate the plants but my hatchlings are small enough to allow the vegetation to grow. This will give them something to graze on.

    On another note. I FINALLY finished the top enclosure. I also filled and sanded the fronts of the unit to give it a cleaner look. There are currently 4 hatchlings in the bottom and 2 juveniles in the top. Please excuse my messy wiring.

    I also added a counter top and shelves to the room. I’m currently working on staining the floors, so there's still much more to come. As I progress further, I will take some better shots of the cages and the room.
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    I too am having trouble growing tortoise plants indoors. The grass is likely full-sun; maybe it's not getting enough light? This seems to be the issue for my indoor plants but I'm also looking into some nutrient options for them.
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