It's reasonable just suggest that porous surfaces like terracotta have more surface area to harbor more bacteria and fungi.
Does anyone on this forum know what strains of bacteria or fungi are harmful to tortoises and would more surface area for those to grow cause a concern?
Slow down your passion is exhausting.
Once again, that's the voice of reason I was looking for and also the reason I asked it on this forum.
And once again, all in the best interest of my leopard. Who has finally settled into a routine and stop pouting in her new enclosure. It's very...
Now that's the voice of reason I was looking for and thank you.
I don't know what I don't know and I'm not afraid to ask reasonable questions not claims.
I only ask the questions in the best interest of my leopard
I understand your passion and contribution to this forum and it's always in the best interest of our animals.
The question? Is it better to use water dishes that aren't as porous and can harbor more bacteria and fungi.
If humans don't use unglazed terracotta is there a better alternative?
They weren't trying to sell me anything.
What they're suggesting is an unglazed terracotta dish being porous is very hard to sanitize compared to a glazed one that you can wipe clean.
It's a fair argument that if we don't eat or drink out of unglazed terracotta why are we using them...
I had very interesting conversation at my local pet store about water dishes and how the terra-cotta ones could pose health issues for our torts. Is it worth looking into to see if there's any merit in the concerns?
Could they be the source of some infections or diseases? I'll agree...
Since you're already familiar with resin, use it as intended and put a layer or two of fiberglass cloth down and wet it out with the resin. The cloth is cheap and you can get it at any of the big box stores. If you make an outer frame you can even free form the pond with the cloth...
If you just lay down a layer of fiberglass cloth before you wet it out with the epoxy resin it will last years if you prepare the surface below it.
The cloth will also add grit for your tortoise when he's getting out of the pond
That's what I was hoping to hear a voice of reason. I have to think there's a reason Shelly wants to be cooler at times and like you said "free to choose where they want to go" and there's always a 95+ zone.
I live in the Chicago-land area and radiant in floor heat in combination with forced air is the way to go. Since the floors are heated the temps remain very constant so the area Shelly chooses to spend most of the day at is a steady 77 degrees. This is when the daytime lighting is on...
I just moved my 4 1/2 year old leopard into her new 12' x 4' winter enclosure. I have the floors set at 77 degrees and have additional heating in the table. After Shelly settled in her favorite spot to chill out at during the day is only 77 degrees??? The temps range from 77 to 95+...
"How's Shelly liking the new tub?"
She's going through the "I HATE CHANGE" syndrome. I'm assuming she's looking for some middle ground between the hide and the basking area so I added some covered structure and I guess it worked as she found it, left to eat and returned to it.
I also took a...
Out of curiosity I looked at the Home Depot website and they actually sell the saw that they use for customers. The saw itself swivels so it can cut length wise by sliding the board on rollers at the bottom.
If your only making one enclosure that saw would be a little to pricey at over $3K...