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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    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?
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Ahhhhhh, Tom... I guess that's what's next, LOL!
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Tom, 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...
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Hi Gut's, 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
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Hi Tom, 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?
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Hi Jan, 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...
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    Terra-Cotta Water Dishes

    Hi All, 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...
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    FLEX SEAL uses for tortoise keeping

    Zeropilot, 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...
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    FLEX SEAL uses for tortoise keeping

    Zeropilot, 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
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    Temperatures?

    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. Phil
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    Temperatures?

    Yes, 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...
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    Temperatures?

    Hi Yossarian, My house has zoned radiant heat and that 600 sq foot utility room has it's own zone so I can heat it independent from the rest of the house. Phil
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    Temperatures?

    Hi All, 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+...
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    Advice from members that have PVC enclosures

    "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...
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    Advice from members that have PVC enclosures

    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...
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    Advice from members that have PVC enclosures

    I didn't, lol. I was asking questions at my local Home Depot about using the boards and they got a kick out of it was being used for a tortoise enclosure. They have a large vertical table saw setup with a vacuum to cut 4 x 8 sheets for customers and cut all the boards for me. Even with the...
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    Advice from members that have PVC enclosures

    Thanks guy's for the kind words. The tables almost finished, just need to add a UV tube and some plants. As far as overall temps, the lower level of my home has radiant heat in 4 separate zones and the table is in a smaller 600 sq ft utility room that has it's own zone so no problem keeping it...
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    Would this be appropriate for a tortoise?

    Thanks Tom, The RHP is attached to the top of the build and the removable roof has a piece of 1" foam board the fits inside the the side boards making it tightly insulated. I didn't run the plywood on the sides and opted to fiberglass the rest of the inside making it completely waterproof and...
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    Would this be appropriate for a tortoise?

    Hi Melissa, Tom has a good point at the end of the day the dog house after modifying it properly is just an outside shell. But if you already have the dog house and like the looks, I converted the exact dog house and it works great holding temps. I replaced the flimsy slat bottom with plywood...
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    Advice from members that have PVC enclosures

    Thought I post an update in case anyone else Is considering using Rust-Oleum countertop paint over PVC board. Mark wasn't kidding. That paint covered in one coat and dried rock-solid to the board. Only drawback Is that paint has a very strong odor. Time to add heating and lighting .
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