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What is a CHE?

Discussion in 'Tortoise FAQs - New and need help?' started by ZEROPILOT, Dec 6, 2018.

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  1. Stig060

    Stig060 New Member

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    Hi is this CHE ok? I can select it without the guard as well

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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. It's the first time I've seen a CHE fixture/guard like that. I'm thinking that's overkill for a tortoise, unless there's something about your setup that makes it necessary. If there's a risk of small children being around, the enclosed cage could protect little fingers from getting burned.
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    Is that particular CHE adequate? (With or without guard)
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    The 100W CHE should be fine. Remember the thermostat to control it (by automatically turning it on/off based in the current temperature in the enclosure).

    Check the basking light fixture you already have and see if it's labeled for use with a CHE, and if so, whether it's labeled for 100W CHE. If it can accept a 100W CHE, you only need to buy the CHE (bulb) itself.
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  5. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I agree you don't need a guard as long as the CHE is out of reach.
    And that you must have a fixture rated at at least 100 Watts for the CHE.
    Those usually have a ceramic socket/holder.
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    Hello,

    Is the CHE a good enough heat source for hatchlings?
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    Toddrickfl1 Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

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    Yes, it's the most recommended.
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    Absolutely. I have one in every single hatchling enclosure. I've placed them near their humid hides and use them during the night so the hides stay warm and humid all night. My hatchlings like to sleep in their humid hides. The hides are near the basking spot and stay warm from that source during the day.
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    Great, thank you!! Just wanted to make sure for hatchlings. Better safe than sorry!
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    Make sure the CHE is controlled by a thermostat, and that the temperature probe is either fairly close to where the turtles are, or do some temperature readings and take that (temperature difference) into account when you set the thermostat.

    You want to make sure they're warm enough, but overheating can kill a small turtle very quickly.
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    Is the CHE only to be used at night? And then a fluorescent in the morning?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    No, you use it any time you need the enclosure to be warmer than the light makes it. I sometimes run my 25watt che day and night.
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    That's where the thermostat comes in. If the temperature is warm enough without needing help from the CHE, the thermostat keeps the CHE off. If the temperature is NOT warm enough, even with another light turned on (a light NOT controlled by the thermostat) during the daytime or whatever, the thermostat will keep the CHE turned on until it reaches the target temperature.

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