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Old 08-07-2012, 09:51 PM
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Default do water dragons need uv?

as the title says
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:27 PM
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yes they do 5% + depending on your set-up , mine have a 5% on the back wall and a 5% on the top as the viv 6 feet high this should be on a 12 hour cycle
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:49 AM
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It is actually recommended to use a 10% or higher for a CWD, far better spread and penetration in an ideally arboreal / jungle based environment.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:58 AM
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Yes 100% they need it to live a long healthy life,

No can say this % for that animal!! It does not work like that!!

The only way to work out what lamp is required is to look at the wild animal. Look at the average wild uv index and match that with a lamp but keep in mind the limitations of the lamp! Uv cannot travel far from the lamp so the bigger the species, the bigger the viv! The bigger the viv the more uv power is needed to push the energy down far enough.

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:02 AM
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Yes they need UV. Just get a 10%, barely any difference in price and it can't do any harm. 5% for a diurnal reptile seems too weak to me.
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