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Old 01-07-2009, 10:05 AM
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Hi People

I have a 3x2x2 Viv bought from a very helpful forum dweller. (I have now forgotten the advice he gave me!!)

I have a ceramic heating unit installed in the viv, in a cage and have the starter unit for a UVB strip.

Can someone guide me on what i need to get to give my dragon the best start? Im gonna get a beardie from the W.Mids show methinks.
  • What size/watt, uvb would you recommend?
  • Do i need to get a spot bulb as well as a ceramic? (or can i put a spot bulb in the place of the ceramic bulb??)
  • What Stat would you recommend (would i need a double for ceramic and spot?)?
thanks for your help peeps, this is a great forum btw.
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:00 PM
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anyone??
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30" arcadia d3+ 12% uv tube & matching reflector (make sure your starter is powerfull enough for the tube).

Depends on how warm your house is, i've got a 75w bulb in mine. Maybe start with a 40w and see what temps you get and move to a bigger wattage if needed. Ditch the ceramic and just go for a spot.

Either a microclimate (£34ish) or habistat - dimmer stat (£43ish). I've got a microclimate one.

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Great thanks! Just what i wanted to know.

One more question....what would i use to heat the viv at night??
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dont need heat at night unless temps in your house drop low
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Ah ok....cool - will do some searching for the best prices on the net now!
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as long as the uv is lower than half way u can go 4 a 5% tube, ceramic would be best and a thermostat is a must!!! dont cut corners 2 bring the price down mate!!!!!!!!!! pulse stat is best, theres a guy in classifieds sellin them for 35
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as long as the uv is lower than half way u can go 4 a 5% tube, ceramic would be best and a thermostat is a must!!! dont cut corners 2 bring the price down mate!!!!!!!!!! pulse stat is best, theres a guy in classifieds sellin them for 35
every word of that is going to get frowned upon.

get a 10% uv or stronger

a spotlight bulb will be better than ceramic as they live in hot sunny conditions so the bulb simulates the sunshine

get a dimming thermostat as they work better with a spot bulb
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every word of that is going to get frowned upon.

get a 10% uv or stronger

a spotlight bulb will be better than ceramic as they live in hot sunny conditions so the bulb simulates the sunshine

get a dimming thermostat as they work better with a spot bulb
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same here, agreed. we frown upon u!!!!
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