Oh jeez! Wish I’d seen this before today. I set up my hatchling house a little over a month ago. And after a TON of research this is exactly what I came up with also. I have a 2’ x 3’ bin that I think is about 1.5’ tall. Then I mounted T5-HO tube on one end and used a 60 watt CHE. I have 4” of eco earth for substrate that my baby cherryhead redfoot loves to burrow into.This is how I do it . This small setup will keep a few hatchlings for the first year or so . I paid a little over one hundred dollars for everything .
One t5 5.0 uvb/ uva fixture.
One ceramic Dome fixture.
Two terracotta bowls.
One digital thermometer.
One 50 watt ceramic heat emitter.
I love this idea and plan to do the same when my cherryhead redfoot has babies. My sister really wants one! But I worry because she already has a Sulcata with some serious pyramids. So I was thinking that if I give her one of my hatchlings I will make a good humid setup to go with it and help the shell baby grow more smoothly.The others I've built went with hatchlings as I rehomed them . When you build them this enclosure it ensures the hatchlings to be healthy for the first year or until they out grow the setup . I sell this ,but give away the tortioses to people I know . Or I make them buy everything and help them setup the enclosure .