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Re: Lighting Help for Newbies (:

Postby JFR777 » Tue May 19, 2020 7:32 am

Could someone help me. I live in the lower mainland B.C. Canada. I got an exo terra 36'W X 18 ' D X 18' H tank. It was recommended by the breeder I'm getting a dragon from. He recommended a light and fixture from Arcadia which the online store was out of stock in. I called the store reptile's R US for teh guy to tell me I needed a completely different light. He also said that my tank was too deep. This was the only size i could find as I didn't want a small 40 gallon and lots of folks had recommended these ones. He's also telling me to put teh light on the screen due to the height of my tank. Anyone able to be a bit simpler in telling me what lights and bulbs to get for both UVB and basking lights? Thanks so much
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Re: Lighting Help for Newbies (:

Postby Claudiusx » Tue May 19, 2020 8:15 am

Hi there,

Your size tank is fine. Thats a 40g breeder, which is whats considered to be the minimum size you want for an adult. So that's all good.

You have a couple options as far as lighting goes.

Do you have reptisuns available to you in your area or online?
The arcadias are great bulbs too though. If you can find them, they are a great choice. You might have to check out a few website to find them though.

Now what you get, depends largely on your setup.

Do you need to mount your UVB above the mesh, or do you have room to mount it inside the tank? That is really the first thing you need to decide. Because there are multiple ways to do things, and multiple ways to get to the same end point.

I'd opt for the T5 and mounting it outside of the tank ontop of the mesh. Since the mesh can block out up to 30% or so of the UV output, you need your basking site to be slightly closer to it - around 8 inches. If there was no mesh blocking it, you'd need it to be 12 inches away from your basking site.

So that gives you plenty of room to create a basking site that your dragon can climb up onto to bask, and be 8 inches away from the UVB bulb.

If you were to mount that bulb inside of the tank, it would be very difficult to make sure your dragon is 12+ inches away from it.

So, I'd go with the reptisun 10.0 t5 HO, or the arcadia 12%. Use a fixture with a reflector on it, and mount it ontop of the screen. And then make sure your basking site gets within about 8 inches from the bulb.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Lighting Help for Newbies (:

Postby JFR777 » Wed May 20, 2020 4:59 pm

Claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

Your size tank is fine. Thats a 40g breeder, which is whats considered to be the minimum size you want for an adult. So that's all good.

You have a couple options as far as lighting goes.

Do you have reptisuns available to you in your area or online?
The arcadias are great bulbs too though. If you can find them, they are a great choice. You might have to check out a few website to find them though.


Thank you! Super helpful Brandon!

Now what you get, depends largely on your setup.

Do you need to mount your UVB above the mesh, or do you have room to mount it inside the tank? That is really the first thing you need to decide. Because there are multiple ways to do things, and multiple ways to get to the same end point.

I'd opt for the T5 and mounting it outside of the tank ontop of the mesh. Since the mesh can block out up to 30% or so of the UV output, you need your basking site to be slightly closer to it - around 8 inches. If there was no mesh blocking it, you'd need it to be 12 inches away from your basking site.

So that gives you plenty of room to create a basking site that your dragon can climb up onto to bask, and be 8 inches away from the UVB bulb.

If you were to mount that bulb inside of the tank, it would be very difficult to make sure your dragon is 12+ inches away from it.

So, I'd go with the reptisun 10.0 t5 HO, or the arcadia 12%. Use a fixture with a reflector on it, and mount it ontop of the screen. And then make sure your basking site gets within about 8 inches from the bulb.

Hope that helps.

-Brandon
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Re: Lighting Help for Newbies (:

Postby JFR777 » Thu May 21, 2020 10:18 pm

JFR777 wrote:
Claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

Your size tank is fine. Thats a 40g breeder, which is whats considered to be the minimum size you want for an adult. So that's all good.

You have a couple options as far as lighting goes.

Do you have reptisuns available to you in your area or online?
The arcadias are great bulbs too though. If you can find them, they are a great choice. You might have to check out a few website to find them though.


Thank you! Super helpful Brandon!

Now what you get, depends largely on your setup.

Do you need to mount your UVB above the mesh, or do you have room to mount it inside the tank? That is really the first thing you need to decide. Because there are multiple ways to do things, and multiple ways to get to the same end point.

I'd opt for the T5 and mounting it outside of the tank ontop of the mesh. Since the mesh can block out up to 30% or so of the UV output, you need your basking site to be slightly closer to it - around 8 inches. If there was no mesh blocking it, you'd need it to be 12 inches away from your basking site.

So that gives you plenty of room to create a basking site that your dragon can climb up onto to bask, and be 8 inches away from the UVB bulb.

If you were to mount that bulb inside of the tank, it would be very difficult to make sure your dragon is 12+ inches away from it.

So, I'd go with the reptisun 10.0 t5 HO, or the arcadia 12%. Use a fixture with a reflector on it, and mount it ontop of the screen. And then make sure your basking site gets within about 8 inches from the bulb.

Hope that helps.

-Brandon


So today my breeder who is helping me with getting set up before getting me my dragon met me at a pet store. We got all the supplements and calcium and a few terrarium pieces. He told me to buy a bracket and a 8.5 thrived dome lamp and a exo terra solar glo all in one bulb 80 wat. He says I should put it on my tank with no lid on the tank saying fhsf the mesh blocks a lot of the uvb. He says I can use this since the arcadia fixtures are in stock. Is this a good move? Thanks
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