Tortoise Vivarium Setup

Step 1

Choose your housing colour

Select between Black, Oak or Grey.
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Black Vivarium
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Oak Vivarium
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Grey Vivarium

Step 2

Select your level of setup

Select between Silver, Gold or Platinum. Hover over products for a closer look.
Silver
Gold
Platinum

Silver Setup

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Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Black
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Black
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Total £305.23
Total --
Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Oak
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Clear
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Total £305.23
Total --
Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Grey
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Grey
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Total £305.23
 

Gold Setup

Total --
Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Black
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Cabinet - Large 115x49x64.5cm  - Black
£114.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Black
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £431.61
Total --
Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Oak
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Cabinet - Large 115x49x64.5cm  - Oak
£114.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Clear
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £431.61
Total --
Vivexotic Repti-Home Vivarium - Maxi Large 115x49x56cm  - Grey
£169.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Cabinet - Large 115x49x64.5cm  - Grey
£114.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Thermostat 300w Dimming/Pulse Proportional
£40.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Dial Thermometer
£5.59 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Grey
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £431.61
 

Platinum Setup

Total --
Vivexotic AAL Vivarium - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x62.5cm  - Black
£189.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic AAL Cabinet - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x64.5cm  - Black
£149.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Microclimate EVO Connected 2
£158.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Lucky Reptile Thermometer Deluxe
£16.39 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Black
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £615.41
Total --
Vivexotic AAL Vivarium - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x62.5cm  - Oak
£189.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic AAL Cabinet - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x64.5cm  - Oak
£149.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Microclimate EVO Connected 2
£158.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Lucky Reptile Thermometer Deluxe
£16.39 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Clear
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £615.41
Total --
Vivexotic AAL Vivarium - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x62.5cm  - Grey
£189.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic AAL Cabinet - Bearded Dragon 120x62.5x64.5cm  - Grey
£149.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Basking Spot Bulb ES (Screw)  - 100w
£3.99 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Ceramic Lamp Holder With Bracket
£16.79 tick-green In Stock
Microclimate EVO Connected 2
£158.49 tick-green In Stock
Reptile Systems Eco T5 Unit Ferguson Zone 3 - 12%  - 870mm 39w
£49.90 tick-green In Stock
Lucky Reptile Thermometer Deluxe
£16.39 tick-green In Stock
Sealant 310ml Gun
£8.49 tick-green In Stock
Bondit HA6 Aquarium & Vivarium Sealant 310ml  - Grey
£9.99 tick-green In Stock
Vivexotic Sliding Glass Door Lock
£11.39 tick-green In Stock
Total £615.41

Step 3

Select your optional extras

Want to spruce up the place with an extra plant or two?

Optional Extras

ProRep Beech Chips Coarse  - 25 Litres
£16.49 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Tortoise Life Substrate  - 10 Litres
£10.69 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Tortoise Life Bio Substrate  - 10 Litres
£11.49 tick-green In Stock
ProRep New Tortoise Pool  - Large
£25.59 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Tortoise Feed Dish  - Large
£11.19 tick-green In Stock
F10 Reptile Ready to Use Disinfectant 1 Litre  - Trigger
£19.49 tick-green In Stock
Zoo Med Habba Hut  - Giant
£20.69 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Tortoise Cave
£34.59 tick-green In Stock
Exo Terra Boston Fern  - Medium
£13.19 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Calci Dust 200g  - 200g
£3.59 tick-green In Stock
Vetark Nutrobal  - 100g
£11.19 tick-green In Stock
ProRep Tortoise Botanical Flower Mix 60g
£4.49 tick-green In Stock
Building your Tortoise Setup

It's very easy to construct this mediterranean tortoise setup. The vivarium and cabinet come with instructions and should take around 20 minutes per unit to construct. They mostly use locking screws so don't worry if you make a mistake, they can be taken apart and re-built. Once the vivarium is constructed you should seal the joints inside with aquarium sealant. This will extend the life of your vivarium and keep the joints water resistant. Make sure the panels are all clean and dry as possible before applying. Once applied you will want to leave the enclosure for at least 6 hours so the silicone can set and the fumes can disperse.

For the following sections cables for each piece of equipment will be fed through the vents at the top of your enclosure's back wall. The Vivexotic range now include removable vents large enough to fit the entire plug through so you should not need to re-wire any plugs.

Creating the Basking Area

This enclosure is designed to get to 90 Fahrenheit on the hot end but still leave the other side cool. To do this you will want to choose one end of the enclosure to be your hot end and one end to be the cool end. All of your heating equipment needs to be placed in the hot end.

We provide our daytime basking temperatures using a single intense basking spot lamp a in screw fit holder. This should be fixed to the centre of the ceiling close to the warm side. Ideally we want 1/3 of the enlcoure to be hot so we would usually space the bulbs out 3 inches from the side wall.

Once fixed in place the lamp can be plugged into your dimming thermostat outside of the enclosure. The dial on the thermostat should be set to 90f and its sensor is placed 1/3 of the way from the warm end inside the enclosure. We normally attach the sensor to the back wall about 2-3 inches above the floor.

Controlling Temperatures

We control the day time basking temperature using a simple dimming thermostat. Setting the thermostat up is very easy. Your thermostat will have 3 wires attached to a central box, on the central box is a dial with a list of temperatures around it's face. One of the wires ends in a plug, this is plugged into your power source. The second wire will end in a socket, you plug your ceramic heat emitter into this. The third wire ends in a sensor, this can be fed into the enclosure through one of the bottom vents and should be fixed in place around 1/3 of the way from the hot end and a few inches off the floor.

Setting up the UVB

UVB is very important for reptiles as it allows them to produce their own vitamin D and use the calcium in their diet. Without the correct UVB levels some reptiles can become very poorly. All of the UVB in this setup is provided by a UV tube and reflector. To set this up you will need to open up your UV controller. Inside you should fine that it has one plug and two wires ending in connectors. Feed the connectors into the enclosure using the top vents and leave them dangling inside. Once they are in the enclosure you can fix the reflector to the ceiling. Simply screw the reflector into the ceiling as far back as possible leaving an inch on either end. The reflector is in a J shape, you want to fix it so the longest side (top of the J) is at the closest to the ceiling and facing toward the front of the enclosure.

Once this is in place you can attach the connectors to the tube and clip the tube into your reflector. T5 lamps are a little more difficult so you will need to remove the waterproof cap on the connector, place it onto the tube leaving yourself a few inches of space. You then line up the pins on the tube and connector then press in until you hear a small click. When you hear this click bring the cap down the tube making sure not to relieve pressure on the fitting and screw it in place. It needs to be very tight to ensure the connection is made.

The tube will deteriorate over time and need replacing. T8 lamps should be changed every 6 months while T5 lamps last 12 months.

Running the Enclosure

This setup is designed to provide an intense basking area and UV throughout the day and switch to complete darkness with some warmth at night. The basking lamps and UV tube should be on for 10-12 hours per day and off all night. When the basking lamps and UV tube have been turned off the vivarium will begin to cool down, when it gets below the set temperature your thermostat will turn on the ceramic and keep one side warm for you.

If you have any concerns or need any further advise please let us know.