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Old 01-01-2013, 03:43 PM
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I've replied to your PM but to answer your other questions, a low wattage ceramic for night time heat, I don't really do ceramic so don't know what they come in but I'd say anything under 100w will do, preferably 50 or less, it's only to give a very slight temp increase. I can't open the link to the stat you're on about but if its a twin channel one which it is by the looks of it I believe they are both dimmers so that would be fine for the light source and ceramic. You may want to double check that though
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Don't get too concerned about the conflicting advice. The reason is that there's more than one way of setting things up. These are the important requirements:

1 dragon per viv
Floor area at least 4 x 2 ft
Basking temperature around 40C (maybe even a bit more)
Warm end approx 35C
Cool end approx 28C (don't get too uptight about temps - they vary quite a lot in the wild!)
Use an appropriate thermostat for the heat source
Measure the temperatures using a calibrated thermometer (don't rely on the setting on the thermostat - they're rubbish)
Strongest UV you can get 12% arcadia is good - and use a reflector
Night time temp drop can go down to 15C or so, but don't let it drop too low.

You can use a ceramic as the only heat source if you want. Beardies have a parietal eye in the top of their head and are able to locate an IR heat source. The advantage of a ceramic is that you can also use it to maintain a minimum night time temp, but you will need a day/night thermostat for this.
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I've replied to your PM but to answer your other questions, a low wattage ceramic for night time heat, I don't really do ceramic so don't know what they come in but I'd say anything under 100w will do, preferably 50 or less, it's only to give a very slight temp increase. I can't open the link to the stat you're on about but if its a twin channel one which it is by the looks of it I believe they are both dimmers so that would be fine for the light source and ceramic. You may want to double check that though
Ended up with a 250w ceramic! 75.......150 not up for the job of heating 7 deg C
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The high wattage ceramic will be ok as long as it on a stat, just means it will be able to go to higher temps if need be.
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The high wattage ceramic will be ok as long as it on a stat, just means it will be able to go to higher temps if need be.
Agreed!

The stat is the most important thing really to control the temperature. If you didn't use one and just had the 250 ceramic on full you would end up with a beardie kebab!
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