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Basking Spot Temp - Bulb Wattage?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:56 pm
by ComicBookMama
Ok, my new 40B tank has been given a tiled floor and a hammock; a friend is giving me his extra hides and some driftwood tomorrow. My thoughts are now centered on the basking spot.

I bought a 100watt bulb for my ceramic dome fixture, but I didn't realize until I pulled it out of storage that it's a deep dome... the surface of the bulb is several inches inside the dome. When I checked the floor temp a few minutes ago, the temp was 92... since I'll be providing a branch for basking, the prime basking spot will be closer to the lamp. But should the basking spot temp be measured from floor level? Do I need a wider/lower dome, a higher wattage bulb, or both?

I'm trying to make sure the whole tank has the right heating gradient. Please advise?

Re: Basking Spot Temp - Bulb Wattage?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:24 pm
by Claudiusx
You wont know until you get your basking surface in and measure the temps. Your floor temp in the hot side is fine, so hopefully once you place a basking surface in there it will be within range.

But, no sense changing bulbs or fixtures until you know whether or not you need to.

-Brandon

Re: Basking Spot Temp - Bulb Wattage?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:24 am
by ComicBookMama
claudiusx wrote:You wont know until you get your basking surface in and measure the temps. Your floor temp in the hot side is fine, so hopefully once you place a basking surface in there it will be within range.

But, no sense changing bulbs or fixtures until you know whether or not you need to.


Thank you, Brandon! You are fast becoming my Beardie guardian angel... I'll keep an eye on the temps and see how they work out.

~Chris

Re: Basking Spot Temp - Bulb Wattage?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:39 pm
by Claudiusx
Ha! :mrgreen:
Well let us know how they turn out and we will help you out from there :D

-Brandon