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  1. niraj

    Good online source for Orchid Bark substrate

    Thank you all for your kind responses. Just to clarify that I am requesting a link from US site only (not India) Which of the two links is better - Reptibark or Tropical plants (not considering price) ? When I search for Fir Bark on Google , there are lot of sites offering it but i dont know...
  2. niraj

    Good online source for Orchid Bark substrate

    Can anybody share link of an online store (preferrably Amazon) from where good quality Orchid Bark can be ordered for making substrate for Aldabra? Thank you.
  3. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    @wellington @Tom Thank you very much for your kind responses and advice. There is an article published in the Journal of Zoo and Aquarium research written by Frances Baines and others. The UV requirement for Aldabras is shown in the chart at Page 19, the details of which are reproduced...
  4. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    Thank you very much.
  5. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    Thank you very much for your prompt response. Is there a risk of any eye damage or burns at 12 inches inasmuch as this is the highest intensity light made by the company? Thank you once again and sorry to bother you.
  6. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    @Wellington @Bee62 I have bought Exoterra Reptile UVB 200 as per your kind advice. Its box shows different charts with regard to distance and UV intensity. I am attaching photos of the same. Please advise at what height would you recommend placing this light. I would also request @Tom to share...
  7. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    @bee62 Please find attached photos as desired by you. Its weight is about 267 grams and shell length is about 4.5 inches. Shell diameter is about 5 inches. Its hatch date is not known. Please share your opinion about what could be its approximate age and also the overall condition of the...
  8. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    @wellington @Bee62 Thank you very much for your kind responses and advice. Exoterra is providing this light in three versions - UVB100, UVB150 and UVB200. http://www.exo-terra.com/en/explore/new_uvb_rating_system.php May I request your advice on which of the three would be most suitable for...
  9. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    Thank you. The second listing on Amazon appears to be a tube. Is it safe in your valuable opinion? I am reposting the link below as it appears that the earlier one is broken. https://www.amazon.in/dp/B077FTRGY9/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_FxalDbRPTQPAH
  10. niraj

    Safe UVA UVB for young Aldabra

    Many experienced tortoise keepers have observed that CFL and Mercury UVA UVB Lamps cause eye problems for the tortoises. A few have recommended usage of Florescent lights as an alternative to CFL and mercury. Please advise which of the two Amazon listings ( links given below) are advisable and...
  11. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Thank you for the suggestion. I am unable to find Orchard Bark on it. It is mostly pine bark and other mixes. If you see a specific product listing, please share. I will be highly obliged.
  12. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Can you please share a link of the source from where you buy Fine Grade Orchid Bark so that I may try to import it. Thank you.
  13. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Thank you for the response. My concern with Coir Peat is that the tortoise may eat it and it may be detrimental to its health. As regards, coir fibre, it wont be able to eat it. Please share your views on the same.
  14. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Thank you. I am posting a video of the Aldabra walking on Coir Fibre. Please advice whether in your valuable opinion, it could damage its foot or cause walking disorders and if so would you recommend changing the existing coir fibre substrate to coir peat?
  15. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Thank you once again. Did you use coir fiber or coir peat?
  16. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Thank you for the response. Orchid Bark and Cypress mulch are not readily available in India. Is coir harmful for Aldabras? I am curious because you mentioned coir as one of the recommended substrates in your Sulcata care sheet.
  17. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    I am posting photos of the tortoise. Its hatch date is not known but its weight is 225 grams and its shell length is over 4 inches (shell diameter is about 5 inches) . In fact, I read your Sulcata Care Sheet which recommended coir as one of the recommended substrates. Please advise a...
  18. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Photos of Coir Fibre and Coir Peat
  19. niraj

    Better Substrate - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?

    Many experienced Aldabra keepers have recommended Coconut Coir as a very good substrate. But which is better of the two forms - Coir Fibre or Coir Peat?
  20. niraj

    Can this be considered balanced diet for baby Aldabra?

    https://aldabratortoisehusbandry.wordpress.com/home/nutrition/
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