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New to T5 Linear

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:11 am
by Zaphyrus
After years of not having a beardie, two weeks ago I adopted one from a family friend who no longer had time to care for him properly.

I’m a bit new to these T5 bulbs and purchased a 36” fixture + Arcadia 34” 39watt T5 12% bulb for my 40 gallon breeder (36x18x18). The basking spot is approximately 14inchs from the fixture which is sitting on top a mesh. Should I have gone with the 14% or is the 12% suffice?

Thanks I’m advance.

Re: New to T5 Linear

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:34 am
by CooperDragon
Welcome back =). That's an excellent bulb - I use the same one. Since it's going through a mesh top, that will intercept a bit of the output. It might be best to raise the main basking site up to within 10-12'' of the bulb or perhaps mount the fixture inside the enclosure (at around 12-14'' above the basing area) for best results. Alternatively, if you don't have any other pets in the house and the "furniture" isn't set too high up, you could suspend the lighting over the top of the tank with an adjustable stand and leave the top off. I do it that way and it works well.

Re: New to T5 Linear

PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:44 am
by Zaphyrus
Appreciate the quick feedback - and happy to be back!

I’m pretty sure the top mesh is able to have portions of it removed. I’ll have to check when I’m back from work. Otherwise I did order one of those magnetic basking ledges which I could just be sure to have that in the 10-12” range from the bulb. Thanks again for the reassurance.