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by Nina
18 Jan 2018, 17:51
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Posts deleted in error.
Replies: 0
Views: 4

Posts deleted in error.

Yesterday we were targeted by a spambot and had over 60 spam emails sent to the General Tortoise Care section of this forum. We found the relevant IP address and banned that, and then we deleted all of the posts that had been sent in by the spammer. Unfortunately, in our haste to delete the spammer'...
by Nina
14 Jan 2018, 22:24
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

I have them in an ordinary fridge, rather than a wine or beer cooler type thing. It's a standard under-the-counter fridge (they call it a larder fridge and it has no ice box). I'm not sure if you have them in the States, but it's the most common type of fridge in the UK. It's almost as tall as a kit...
by Nina
13 Jan 2018, 22:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Welcome back Steve! Doris and Dolly still have about six weeks to go, so it will be quite a while until I see their happy little faces again :(

Nina
by Nina
11 Jan 2018, 19:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new enclosure
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Tiny's new enclosure

That looks great! I love all of the textures you've put in for Tiny to walk on -- it will keep up his interest and help build muscle too!

Nina
by Nina
08 Jan 2018, 19:59
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

What a pretty little flower. The centre of the flower is quite different from many of the Campanula that we grow here. I think this looks like one of the upright campanula. I have some of those - particularly a really beautiful one called Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth', which has beautiful long be...
by Nina
05 Jan 2018, 09:33
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

The problem with plants that they can eat is that they eat them in two seconds and then they are gone. Mine do nibble on the Spider plants, and sometimes they eat them in two minutes and other times they leave them for several weeks. I find they do grow well in the soil. My substrate is a mixture of...
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 20:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Ooh, that's good then -- thanks for looking that up, Lin! I think you have another candidate for your table, Mekie and you can get fresh supplies from plants growing in your garden.


Nina
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 17:17
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Campanulas are great plants, and I agree that they are very hardy, but I'm not sure if they can survive a Michigan winter. I looked at the temps from last week and it got down to -12F (-26C) in parts of Michigan on the 27th, and I think it can often go down to -20F or lower. Mekie will know whether ...
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 13:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 80

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Hi and many Happy New Year wishes to you and Steve too! I think Coleus and Viola should grow well in less light. I've always had good luck with spider plans and ornamental grasses (they do especially well as they cope with the drier conditions). I often have a spider plant in a pot just outside the ...
by Nina
01 Jan 2018, 21:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Feed, safe, moderation, sparingly, not
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Feed, safe, moderation, sparingly, not

Hi Will,

I've just looked at your Kapidolo Farm FB page -- really interesting. I can see that you are very concerned with appropriate reptile diets, and I'd love to hear more about your work.

Nina
by Nina
24 Dec 2017, 13:48
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal

Hi Bhav and welcome to The Tortoise Table! How exciting to get your Horsefield (I keep Horsfields and they are a great species with lots of personality!). I'm so glad that you got a tortoise table for him too, and not a vivarium -- he's off to a good start. The cuttlefish in his table is fine, altho...
by Nina
21 Dec 2017, 18:22
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: oxalic acid
Replies: 4
Views: 47

Re: oxalic acid

Hi Will, and welcome to the forum, and thanks for raising an nteresting question! My understanding of oxalic acid is that it binds with calcium in the diet and prevents the tortoise from utilising that calcium, resulting in calcium deficiency (see our section on harmful properties, under 'Diet' on o...
by Nina
10 Dec 2017, 20:41
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Warning -- Sub-Zero Temperatures
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Warning -- Sub-Zero Temperatures

Tonight is expected to be the coldest night in two years in the UK, with temperatures dropping to -7C in the south, -9C in N. Ireland and -12C in some areas of Scotland. If your tortoise is hibernating in a shed or garage, make sure you monitor temperatures and add supplemental heating if necessary....
by Nina
06 Dec 2017, 17:44
Forum: Guidelines
Topic: Booklets orders paid for by cheque -- December changes
Replies: 0
Views: 44

Booklets orders paid for by cheque -- December changes

Please note that due to holiday commitments, booklet orders paid for by cheque and received between 9th -- 28th December will not be dispatched until 29th December. We apologise for any inconvenience. There will be no delays to orders for booklets paid for online, so if you are ordering a booklet or...
by Nina
02 Dec 2017, 17:48
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Mysterious Plant in Backyard
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Mysterious Plant in Backyard

Burlap should be fine -- just something to keep the frost at bay. Fingers crossed it survives and I hope you all have a really wonderful Christmas!

Nina xx
by Nina
29 Nov 2017, 22:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Orchid Growing Tips?
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Orchid Growing Tips?

Well, actually it might well not be phalaenopsis, as the leaves on phalaenopsis are a bit broader than the ones I can see on what is left of your little plant. Dendrobium is another commonly sold orchid. Maybe you could google those two species and look at images to see if the leaves of yours look a...
by Nina
29 Nov 2017, 07:33
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Orchid Growing Tips?
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: Orchid Growing Tips?

Ha, ha -- you don't pose easy questions, do you? I have no idea what it is, but one of the most common orchid houseplants here is the Phalaenopsis (sometimes called Moth Orchid). I have several of them and it looks a bit like that -- but not sure. I don't know if there are tips that apply to all orc...
by Nina
29 Nov 2017, 07:19
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Mysterious Plant in Backyard
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Mysterious Plant in Backyard

Hi Meckie, Aha! I did say that the young leaf was unfurling like a banana leaf, didn't I? Glad you've ID'd it. My sister in St. Louis said last night that it was 70C there yesterday, so don't know what it was like in Michigan. We're having a cold spell here, with frosts most nights. Can you get hort...
by Nina
20 Nov 2017, 19:08
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED - tried to delete post!
Replies: 15
Views: 321

Re: 2 hermanns tortoise need rehoming (liverpool)

Hi and thanks for posting, but I'm so sorry to hear that your circumstances mean that you are having to rehome your lovely tortoises. They are absolutely gorgeous and look so healthy, so you have obviously done really well by them. If there is no one else in your house who could help, and you will b...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 18:48
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New enclosure.
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: New enclosure.

Aww, Shelly sounds lovely, and she's lucky to have found a home with someone who wants the best for her! At 4 years old she might still be too young to sex, but if you send us a photo of her underside, clearly showing the tail, we can have a guess for you. Sex in tortoises is temperature dependent (...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 17:04
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New enclosure.
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: New enclosure.

The 10 hours a day sounds fine, and if you're not hibernating and your tortoise seems sleepy, then you could try having them on for 12hrs a day. The height you hang a lamp at depends on what the temperature is underneath it. Getting the right temperature is really important for tortoises, so you wan...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 16:00
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New enclosure.
Replies: 6
Views: 214

Re: New enclosure.

Hi Andy, and many thanks for contacting us! It's really good that you are going to get your tortoise a proper table -- it will be much better for her and I think you'll see a noticeable improvement. One of the reasons she is pacing back and forth in front of the glass will be size, but the other is ...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 15:26
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Peperomia pullicida?
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: Peperomia pullicida?

Oh dear, we are really, really sorry, but something went wrong in our notification system and we were never notified of your post and the posts of several other people in this section of the forum.' It has been such a long time, but I hope that you will see this answer and accept our apologies! Our ...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 15:07
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Dead Nettle/Stinging Nettle?
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: Dead Nettle/Stinging Nettles

Hi and many, many apologies for not answering your message when it came in! For some reason our notification system on this section of the forum got turned off and we have only just seen your post this morning. The answer is, I'm not sure what you can do. Stinging nettle leaves do look a bit differe...
by Nina
19 Nov 2017, 14:55
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Turtles diet
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Turtles diet

Hi Karim and many apologies for the late reply. For some reason the notification facility for this section of the forum was turned off and we never got notified of your post! The information on our website in general applies to tortoises and turtles, but only in general. For example, if we say that ...