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Old 28-03-2013, 10:03 AM
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Default Bd light setup help

Help needed.

I am setting up a beards viv is 3,2,2 I understand the heat source but what size UVB light should I use and which fitting would you recommend.

I am going for ceramic and white light bulb the ceramic is more to Maintain the temp and the white light is to make him think it is a nice sunny day. Help on the wat of these would be good?
Will be using a duel stat to control the temp day and night.

I am also going to build my own decorations but what age would you introduce these to the tank as purchasing a hatchling from local breeder.

Using paper towel as substrate and have some floor tiles and cleaned rocks also.

Please help.

Last edited by Needrl; 28-03-2013 at 10:38 AM.. Reason: More information added.
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Old 28-03-2013, 11:00 AM
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Ouchies, 3 foot viv isn't really big enough honey, I know he'll be little when you get him but you need to be able to get the right temperature gradient across the tank, and thats not easy In a 3 footer, so worth considering a larger tank (4x2x2 is the minimum for an adult beardie)

As far as lighting goes, you want your fluorescent tube about a foot shorter than your viv, so 24 inches if you decide to keep the 3 foot for now. I'll get in there before anyone else on the lighting- Arcadia's T5 units come very highly recommended around here, but I personally use the T8. You want a 10-12% UVB output.

Depending on what light bulb you're using, you don't really need the ceramic Hun- a regular halogen spotlight bulb will give enough heat for a basking spot, and that'll provide enough heat for your 'hot end' especially in a viv that small.
Don't forget how cold the dessert gets at night- unless he's living in the garden, he should be plenty warm enough overnight without any extra heat source, they do need a drop.

Sorry to bang on, getting my first very soon as we'll and have spent months researching the best possible set ups ;-)
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