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Warming area

Postby raphvet » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:12 pm

Hi Everyone .
I have to rehomed marginated tortoises. In preparation for my cooler Scottish summer I am always open to new ideas on making the most of what sun we have . I notice that e bay have a specialist polycarbonate shelter which claims to let through 80% of UVB light ( 280-315nm) . They are expensive so I wondered if anyone knows if these claims are correct and that they would be a good investment? If so can the same substance be bought in sheets for self construction purposes. Thanks again in anticipation. :D
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Re: Warming area

Postby Stuart » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:11 am

I don't know about polycarbonate, but have you read the thread about polytunnels and lumisol/sunmaster plastic sheeting, which claim 87%/91% UV transmission respectively?
You will have to make some kind of frames to use the sheet material, which obviously doesn't have the rigidity of polycarbonate, but it might be cheaper?

I opted for a mini polytunnel from Robinsons, and it certainly adds several degrees to outside conditions...eg at this very moment, on what is a sunny but still chilly morning in North Northumberland, ground temperature is 8-10*C outside, but 12-15*C in the polytunnel. If the sun continues to shine, I'd expect to be able to put the leopard tortoise out for a short while this afternoon.
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