The Best Way To Raise A Sulcata, Leopard, Or Star Tortoise

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That is a good one. You could do the 22" one if you wanted to.

We can only guess the distance. Every bulb, fixture, and enclosure is different. Somewhere around 18-20 inches is probably a good distance, but you need a UV meter to check it.
What should the uv level be
 

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What should the uv level be
I like to run a level of or 3-5 UVI for 1-3 hours mid day only.

Other people prefer to run lower level for long periods of time. Either way can work. My way more closely simulates what happens outside with a mid day spike of high UV, and it also makes your expensive bulb last a lot longer.

Only with a meter will you be able to set the height correctly and know what's going on and know when to replace the bulb.
 

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I like to run a level of or 3-5 UVI for 1-3 hours mid day only.

Other people prefer to run lower level for long periods of time. Either way can work. My way more closely simulates what happens outside with a mid day spike of high UV, and it also makes your expensive bulb last a lot longer.

Only with a meter will you be able to set the height correctly and know what's going on and know when to replace the bulb.
To keep the humidity high in my tortoise enclosure could I spray the enclosure occassionally with tap water? Or do I need to do something to the water? Also can he drink the tap water.
 

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To keep the humidity high in my tortoise enclosure could I spray the enclosure occassionally with tap water? Or do I need to do something to the water? Also can he drink the tap water.
Spraying the surface of the substrate does very little. You need to dump water Ito the substrate to keep it damp enough. How much water and how often varies with each enclosure and with the seasons too in some cases.

If the tap water is safe for you to drink and shower in, then it is safe for a tortoise too.
 

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As long as you can drink the water that it is ok for tortoise. Use a dish they can easily walk in and out of and sit in if they wish to drink. For humidity I use tap water in a plant water sprayer or empty the water dish over the substrate and rocks.
 

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Spraying the surface of the substrate does very little. You need to dump water Ito the substrate to keep it damp enough.

If the tap water is safe for you to drink and shower in, then it is safe for a tortoise too.
Dump water? What do you mean?
 

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Dump water? What do you mean?
If there is no poop in the water dish, I will often dump it into the substrate. Usually under the humid hide, but also anywhere else that needs it. I then rinse it, wipe it out, and rinse it some more into the substrate. If the substrate is already damp enough, I don't do this. You can also get a large tub or pitcher and do it that way.
 

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If there is no poop in the water dish, I will often dump it into the substrate. Usually under the humid hide, but also anywhere else that needs it. I then rinse it, wipe it out, and rinse it some more into the substrate. If the substrate is already damp enough, I don't do this. You can also get a large tub or pitcher and do it that way.
Gotcha thanks
 

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As long as you can drink the water that it is ok for tortoise. Use a dish they can easily walk in and out of and sit in if they wish to drink. For humidity I use tap water in a plant water sprayer or empty the water dish over the substrate and rocks.
I see ty
 

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If there is no poop in the water dish, I will often dump it into the substrate. Usually under the humid hide, but also anywhere else that needs it. I then rinse it, wipe it out, and rinse it some more into the substrate. If the substrate is already damp enough, I don't do this. You can also get a large tub or pitcher and do it that way.
So my enclosure is 19 inches tall and I need to put substrate in it so the furthest I can get the light from the substrate is 15 inches, I'm housing a sulcata turtle what light would you reccomend. Enclosure length and width is 46 inches by 26
 

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So my enclosure is 19 inches tall and I need to put substrate in it so the furthest I can get the light from the substrate is 15 inches, I'm housing a sulcata turtle what light would you reccomend. Enclosure length and width is 46 inches by 26
First, I would suggest a bigger enclosure.

The ZooMed HO UV tubes should work for that height, but you really need a meter to check it.
 
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