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heating help

Postby thetruechina » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:38 pm

OK timer and thermostats came in doing a test run basking spot has gotten up to 115 cool side is at 73 any suggestions to balance the two sides out. It's 71 degrees in my apartment. What should my humidity be?

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Re: heating help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:26 am

115 is a *little high but not too bad. There is a nice gradient through the tank so I wouldn't worry about it if there are some good sized areas in the 100-105 range. I don't worry about humidity much unless your room feels humid to you. They survive in a wide range so humidity varies. Anything between about 20-60% is fine in general.
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Re: heating help

Postby thetruechina » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:32 am

CooperDragon wrote:115 is a *little high but not too bad. There is a nice gradient through the tank so I wouldn't worry about it if there are some good sized areas in the 100-105 range. I don't worry about humidity much unless your room feels humid to you. They survive in a wide range so humidity varies. Anything between about 20-60% is fine in general.


What should the temp be on the cooler side?
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Re: heating help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:14 am

Usually about 75-80 but that's just a general guide and the temps will fluctuate. My tank is at 103 and 74 right now but sometimes the cool side will drop to 70. I try to keep it between 70-73 overnight but above 65 is fine. The more important thing is to provide a good gradient so your dragon has options available. They're good at self regulating temperature and UVB exposure as they need it.
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Re: heating help

Postby thetruechina » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:56 am

CooperDragon wrote:Usually about 75-80 but that's just a general guide and the temps will fluctuate. My tank is at 103 and 74 right now but sometimes the cool side will drop to 70. I try to keep it between 70-73 overnight but above 65 is fine. The more important thing is to provide a good gradient so your dragon has options available. They're good at self regulating temperature and UVB exposure as they need it.



my basking bulb is 75w would trying a 65w be better to try?
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Re: heating help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:17 pm

Maybe. but that much of a cut may make the basking spot too low. You might try a lamp dimmer if you can't adjust the height of the basking bulb.
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Re: heating help

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Re: heating help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:32 pm

That's a good UVB fixture and a T5 bulb has an optimal output at around 12'' above the basking area. Very much appropriate for that enclosure.
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Re: heating help

Postby thetruechina » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:36 pm

CooperDragon wrote:That's a good UVB fixture and a T5 bulb has an optimal output at around 12'' above the basking area. Very much appropriate for that enclosure.


I'll play around with the height of the hammock see if that helps bring the temp down just a bit.
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Re: heating help

Postby thetruechina » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:37 am

I moved the hammock down and did a short test run, the temp got to 109. I'm going to fully test it this weekend so I know what I should do. I so can't wait to get the baby but I want everything perfect before I do.
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Re: heating help

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:20 pm

109 is just right for a basking area. Keep in mind the temps will vary across the basking area so as long as you have a good gradient throughout the tank and you have an area of 100-110 or so that is large enough for your dragon to bask under evenly, you should be in good shape.
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Re: heating help

Postby thetruechina » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:30 pm

thanks Cooper I just want everything to be perfect.
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