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A complete self cleaning, self maintaining bioactive kit for Red Foot Tortoises. This Bioactive kit is meant for younger tortoises, as adults should be kept outdoors for beneficial heat, UVB and humidity. In the wild, these unique tortoises are commonly seen feasting on carrion, fruits and whatever else they can slowly get their faces into. Providing more fruits and protein is key with proper nutrition when keeping Red Foots. This kit is meant to be utilized with Earthworms or Dubia roaches established into the Terra Firma as a secondary protein source for your tortoise. Not only does they help aerate the Firma but they also work directly with the Dude's proprietary Bio Shot to promote the self cleaning, self maintaining bioactive ecosystem. With their high humidity requirements, it is important to keep the Firma hydrated but not oversaturated. This can easily be accomplished with providing a mix of the Dude's AAA New Zealand Spag moss. Mixing cork within the substrate and on the top level will allow your tortoise to create necessary dens and burrows. Earthworms will also allow your tortoises to naturally hunt and forage for them. The Firma will also allow you to plant live plants that are edible to your tortoise. Plants that are available in the terrarium should have the expectation that they will be destroyed. This not only provides enrichment to your torts, but allows them to naturally forage and graze as they would in the wild. The Dude's Red Foot loved his strawberry plant!
The Dude's Ca+ bones are great to break up, and mix in the soil. Not only will your Red Foots find them during their digging excursions and slowly eat them, but this is a great alternative way to offer necessary Calcium. Calcium is vital for proper shell development and overall muscularskeletal longevity. The magnolia pods are great for making hotspots for bugs and other decomposers. Dubia, Earthworms, springtails and isopods will quickly take these over creating a feeding station and microbial hotspot for your bioactive terrarium and your tortoise. It is important to provide your tortoise the ability to dig, forage and feel secure for their overall well being and health.
With land tortoises in general their environment becoming 100% self cleaning takes slightly longer than it typically would due to the overall size of their environment and their destructive nature. They will take the substrate on the bottom and turn it on the top, they will flip over your cork and attempt to eat and destroy the plants - What you have to remember is that this is what they do as a species and it is important to nurture that. With their diet being mainly organic plant matter with the occasional protein their feces breaks down very quickly. This kit is expected to give your tortoise the ability to dig deep, dense tunnels while giving them the ability to thermoregulate, hydrate and feel secure.
It is very important to provide a large, clean source of water and proper heating and UVB as these turtles require it.
These bioactive kits are done via tank size and base floor footprint size. Do you need a custom tank size? Email us at email@example.com and the Dude can get you a custom kit together.
Available in the following sizes:
40 Breeder - Terra Firma BioActive Kit + 2 6 quart bags of Terra Firma, x 3 Magnolia Pods, x1 Ca+ Bone, x3 cork flats
75 gallon - Terra Firma BioActive Kit + 3 6 quart bags of Terra Firma, x5 Magnolia Pods, x2 Ca+ Bone, x4 cork flats
4' x 4' - x4 Terra Firma 36 quart, 144 qt Bio Shot, x 2 AAA, X 2 Leaf Litter, x8 Magnolia Pods, x 2 Ca+ Bone, x5 cork flats
6' x 4' - x6 Terra Firma 36 quart, 210 qt Bio Shot, x 2 AAA, x 2 Leaf Litter, x10 Magnolia Pods, x3 Ca+ Bone, x6 cork flats