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Old 16-02-2013, 11:55 AM
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Hi,
Can i just double check on my temperatures please?
Basking - 110
hot side, side wall - 90-95
and cold end?? 80?
I wanted to get my dragon this weekend but im just not sure i have the temps stabilised enough yet.
Thanks

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Old 16-02-2013, 12:27 PM
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Hi,
Can i just double check on my temperatures please?
Basking - 110
hot side, side wall - 90-95
and cold end?? 80?
I wanted to get my dragon this weekend but im just not sure i have the temps stabilised enough yet.
Thanks
those temps are ok, I'd prefer the cool end to drop slightly cooler if possible, but will depend on the size of your viv.
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Oh really? well thats good cos the cool end is colder, thats why i was worried.
I just seem to be forever adjusting the stat, the basking temp goes up and down and just doesnt seem to want to stabilise at one temp. Is this normal? The bulb is dimming and lighting constantly.
I suppose the fact that the sun is shining on the viv also complicates things, ill have to close the curtains i think haha.
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Old 16-02-2013, 10:18 PM
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Our set up is 4ft and we get 112 in basking and 94 in the cool end then drops to 82-84 during the night.

We were using 2 x 60 watt basking lamps and we couldn't get the viv past 100f so today we put in 2x 75watt. This will be for the winter only then drop back to the 60's for warmer seasons.
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Our set up is 4ft and we get 112 in basking and 94 in the cool end then drops to 82-84 during the night.

We were using 2 x 60 watt basking lamps and we couldn't get the viv past 100f so today we put in 2x 75watt. This will be for the winter only then drop back to the 60's for warmer seasons.

Your cool end is far too warm. You really shouldn't need 2 bulbs for basking, this is what is warming up your cool end. The cool end is just as, if not more important, than the hot end.
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Going back to the 60 watts tomorrow, the basking is up to 117 which is way to hot and the cool is 94. Timer is about to switch the lights off so I will change them now ready for tomorrow.
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Going back to the 60 watts tomorrow, the basking is up to 117 which is way to hot and the cool is 94. Timer is about to switch the lights off so I will change them now ready for tomorrow.
Try the one bulb. You shouldn't need two for a viv that size and if anything it'll increase your cool side temp too much, which is what your experiencing.
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Oh really? well thats good cos the cool end is colder, thats why i was worried.
I just seem to be forever adjusting the stat, the basking temp goes up and down and just doesnt seem to want to stabilise at one temp. Is this normal? The bulb is dimming and lighting constantly.
I suppose the fact that the sun is shining on the viv also complicates things, ill have to close the curtains i think haha.
Personally I try to allow for a cooler cool end. The gradient is still there, its just larger. If your gradient is 105-80 then you provide all the temps in between in the gradient somewhere. If your gradient is 115-70 then you provide the same temps and more than the first gradient. It simply allows the dragon to choose from a larger range of temps. If your cool side is to cool, it won't be used, you can increase it if you wish but it isn't causing any harm. In my experience they like having the cooler temps to opt for. My cool end is just over 70 at its coolest point and he uses it. This is a 6x2x2 though.
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Temps all sorted, one 75 watt and a 60 watt. Basking temp is now 104 and cool end is 80.
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Temps all sorted, one 75 watt and a 60 watt. Basking temp is now 104 and cool end is 80.
Do you not find they're highly dimmed?
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