I need help with lights!

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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:21 am

How much is on the screen? If most of it is unobstructed she should be fine - and the distance is ?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:29 am

The lamp hangs off of the tank but the part on the tank only has 2-3 inches obstructed and 9 inches unobstructed. The log is 7-8 inches away from the reptisun and the hammock is 6 inches away but not directly under it. She basked under it for like 15 minutes and then went to her water bowl on the cool side and laid down with her tail in it. Why is that?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:35 am

Actually 12 inches unobstructed
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:38 am

Ok so half of it is unobstructed work on getting more of it unobstructed if you can --- the tail in the water is " no idea" --- she may just like the coolness on the tail its like having your feet in the water like sitting on a dock --- I am thinking ---
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:47 am

I don't think I can get more of it to be unobstructed without risking my lizard and the lamp... She also just settled more of her lower body into the water(its now at her hip). I think the idea of her just liking the coolness is a really cute idea! I'm confused about the dimmer because even if I dim it down the temp goes down for a bit but eventually returns to 112.. Maybe she thinks its too hot in her basking area?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:50 am

112 is pretty high older dragons dont like real hot temps try lowering it to 100 and see what she does --- work on getting the UVB more of it unobstructed can you take the screen off and put it so it sits half way on w/ the UVB on the very end and the basking bulb on the screen itself - you may haft to adjust some of your decor
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:56 am

Should I try putting the 50 watt bulb in? I don't have any other decor available that could do the job correctly; only some rocks.
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:31 am

What are you using for wattage now? If you haft to put the UVB width wise-- on one end butt the screen up to the UVB and put the basking lamp next to it--- the distance for UVB 12-15 inches directly underneath-- use you logs and whatever your using now-- if you you use the rocks make sure they are not getting too hot
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:45 am

I'm currently using a 75 watt bulb. The reptisun is 7 and a half inches away from the log. Is that too close?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:51 am

Yes for a T 5 you want it 12-15 inches unobstructed- is your screen really fine mesh or a wider hole screen ? Fine mesh would be like a screen door
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:58 am

It is a fine mesh screen I believe
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:00 am

Ok so the T5 needs to be unobstructed and 12-15 inches --- try setting it up in my last post w/ the UVB at the very end of tank screen butted up to it and basking light on the screen ---
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:03 am

Okay I'll try that. Getting rid of the log will bump it up to 12 inches away from the lamp but she'll have nothing to sit on and I just feel bad about that... But if you say so, I'll do it.
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:11 am

Take your stick log the one w/ the branch on it and lay it down in the tank so the long piece is laying on the floor of the tank - place it under the UVB and the basking lamp and see what kind of temp your getting and how far from UVB -- moving decor pieces is easier than the lights --- if you haft to get some more decor pieces for her Petsmart has nice pieces for dragons
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:14 am

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Here is a picture of the screen btw. I can try making something that'll hold the lamp up higher with things around my house but I don't really have any ideas. If I move the stick there it'll still be less than 12 inches, if she likes it would that be just fine?
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