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Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:32 am
by stac06
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Just got my baby his new home. Unfortunately though I had to put him back in his old one. The temp was reading 92 but Sage was not warm at all. I have a 150w bulb. I was reading about mercury vapor bulbs and how they get very hot.. would that work better? Was also thinking since it is a mesh cage about lining the back and sides with pvc, plexiglass, or acrylic boards to retain heat better? Im new to all this and i want to get him back in his new home asap cause he was loving it

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:26 am
by KarrieRee
You need to get a piece of decor that sits closer up to the basking bulb -- your tank looks really high also the UVB looks like a T 8? Am I correct? If it is please get it inside the tank w/ NO plastic cover over the bulb --- distance should be 6-8 inches directly over the basking decor piece -- what size is this tank -- it looks like a 30 gallon?
Petsmart has good decor pieces
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these is a nice piece it lets them bask at different heat temps also known as a heat gradient
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these make nice places for them to sleep on the cool side of the tank
Karrie

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:38 am
by stac06
The dimensions of it are 47×24×24. It is a reptisun 10.0. And yes I will be getting it on the inside soon as possible. Just spent so much on him have to wait till I get paid again


KarrieRee wrote:You need to get a piece of decor that sits closer up to the basking bulb -- your tank looks really high also the UVB looks like a T 8? Am I correct? If it is please get it inside the tank w/ NO plastic cover over the bulb --- distance should be 6-8 inches directly over the basking decor piece -- what size is this tank -- it looks like a 30 gallon?
Petsmart has good decor pieces
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these is a nice piece it lets them bask at different heat temps also known as a heat gradient
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these make nice places for them to sleep on the cool side of the tank
Karrie

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:53 am
by KarrieRee
So the tank is a 120 gallon-- boy was I off -- ok so the UVB should be a T5 for a 24" tank --- that T 8 is not going to be adequate for a 120 gallon tank -- just make due w/ the T 8 for now but you are going to want to upgrade to the T 5 bulb --- it would still need to go into the tank and distance for that would be 12-15 inches --- here are some things you can hang w/
3 M command Velcro fasteners- picture hanging wire –long plastic zip ties-- potted plant wire hangers-- fishing line-- shoe laces long ones -- you will need to buy another fixture for a T 5 bulb
Karrie

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:36 am
by stac06
Thank you. I figured I was going to have to change sizes

KarrieRee wrote:So the tank is a 120 gallon-- boy was I off -- ok so the UVB should be a T5 for a 24" tank --- that T 8 is not going to be adequate for a 120 gallon tank -- just make due w/ the T 8 for now but you are going to want to upgrade to the T 5 bulb --- it would still need to go into the tank and distance for that would be 12-15 inches --- here are some things you can hang w/
3 M command Velcro fasteners- picture hanging wire –long plastic zip ties-- potted plant wire hangers-- fishing line-- shoe laces long ones -- you will need to buy another fixture for a T 5 bulb
Karrie

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:32 pm
by stac06
I just flipped his branch around also so its now higher for him to bask😊

KarrieRee wrote:You need to get a piece of decor that sits closer up to the basking bulb -- your tank looks really high also the UVB looks like a T 8? Am I correct? If it is please get it inside the tank w/ NO plastic cover over the bulb --- distance should be 6-8 inches directly over the basking decor piece -- what size is this tank -- it looks like a 30 gallon?
Petsmart has good decor pieces
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these is a nice piece it lets them bask at different heat temps also known as a heat gradient
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 these make nice places for them to sleep on the cool side of the tank
Karrie

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:11 pm
by AHBD
If it's all mesh then lots of heat is escaping so your idea of putting plexiglass or something around at least 3 sides is correct. Where did you get a mesh cage ?

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:19 pm
by stac06
I found it on ebay. I kind of rigged it right now till I can get the pvc or something. One of the beardie groups I am in one of the admins. suggested wrapping the three sides with foil... it works!🤣 I ordered a heat emitter that is coming tomorrow


AHBD wrote:If it's all mesh then lots of heat is escaping so your idea of putting plexiglass or something around at least 3 sides is correct. Where did you get a mesh cage ?

Re: Need help with enclosure

PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:25 pm
by AHBD
Yeah, anything will work and foil is a good idea as long as it doesn't reflect the light too much from all directions in to his eyes. Otherwise plastic, paneling, linoleum, etc could be used.