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Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby bdc873 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:19 pm

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Hi I have a 55 gallon tank with a reptisun 10.0 bulb in a 18 inch fixture and a 100 watt regular light bulb for basking. Is this enough lighting? How far does this have to be from him for him to get the proper UVB and heat. The tank is about 1 1/2 feet - 2 feet high and 4 feet long.
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby BadCon » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:46 pm

A simlar discussion took place in another thread.
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That may answer your questions. The bottom line is, we can't tell you a distance for basking temps over the internet...as room conditions vary from house to house. What we can tell you is that he needs to be within 8" or so of the reptisun UVB fixture, and you should use a thermometer, preferably a digital one, to check his basking temps. Shoot for 105 degrees F.
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby bdc873 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:52 am

thanks for the great link.

I still have some pressing questions about the tank though.

Assuming I get a MVB can I just use any dome lighting fixture? Because I used to have one for my regular light bulb and I would just place that over the screen lid, but i heard the MVB is too hot so how do you place it on your tank?
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby zebraflavencs » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:54 am

If the dome is has a ceramic (screw in part) that is rated for 150*+ then you are fine.
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby GoFast » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:55 am

bdc873 wrote:thanks for the great link.

I still have some pressing questions about the tank though.

Assuming I get a MVB can I just use any dome lighting fixture? Because I used to have one for my regular light bulb and I would just place that over the screen lid, but i heard the MVB is too hot so how do you place it on your tank?


You do have to make sure that you get a ceramic fixture to handle the extra heat of an MVB. A 100watt MVB will suffice just fine for a 55g with a screen top. Make sure the screen itself is metal mesh though and not fiberglass mesh. The fiberglass one WILL melt.
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby bdc873 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:09 pm

so as long as the fixture of dome is ceramic and the screen is metal not fiberglass i should be fine? How do I know if the screen is metal?
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby bdc873 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:13 pm

my 55 gallon has a division in the middle I guess your supposed to put two screen tops in there? Can anyone link me to some good screen tops?
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby gulfbrzdawn » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:24 pm

Here is a link to various type opening screen tops for 55 gal tanks http://www.strictlypetsupplies.com/_096 ... creen-With

Be very careful also with the plastic lip that goes around the top of the tank and the plastic divider in the center of the tank....they will melt. No, you do not need two separate screens for that particular tank. That divider in the center is actually used for the light hoods you use for fish aquariums. They fit right down inside the plastic lip.
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Re: Question about lighting for 55 gallon tank

Postby bdc873 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:36 pm

perfect answer thank you so much
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