How can I improve this set-up?

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How can I improve this set-up?

Postby SydneyGaia » Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:59 am

Hey all. I know that I posted this pic in a thread below, but I have a new question this time -- How can I improve this set-up?

It is a 120 gallon front access tank (Zen Habitats - free shipping and cost effective, check them out). I have two basking spots - 1 with a 150 watt, one with 100 watt. The flourescent is a 24" Arcadia HO 12% T5 and a Carolina Custom reflecting fixture (also a HO T5). I also have a dimming thermostat and temps across it are perfect (double checked with an infrared temp gun daily).

Should I buy a second Arcadia and reflective fixture (same one) for the rest of the cage, or is just being by his main basking spot good enough?

This beardie is just shy of a year right now so I am not hesitant to spend more money to make this enclosure perfect, knowing that I will not need another and it will be a 10+ year investment. I want to get something for him to climb on, but can not find what I am looking for at any shops? Maybe I need to go to the next reptile expo near me??

Thank you!

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Re: How can I improve this set-up?

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:02 am

That seems pretty good to me as it is. I wouldn't get another UVB light. One over the main basking area is enough. It's good to provide them with areas that have little to no UVB as well as high UVB areas so they can choose. They don't always want to bask under high temps or UVB.
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Re: How can I improve this set-up?

Postby SydneyGaia » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:56 pm

Just got a $60 piece of linoleum for $5, sooo... new set-up!! :-)

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Re: How can I improve this set-up?

Postby Gormagon » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:24 pm

The only thing I would change would be the UVB distance. It seems a little close. An Arcadia 12% is a strong light, it should be between no closer than 12" to the basking area, no more than 18".
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Re: How can I improve this set-up?

Postby SydneyGaia » Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:25 pm

Gormagon wrote:The only thing I would change would be the UVB distance. It seems a little close. An Arcadia 12% is a strong light, it should be between no closer than 12" to the basking area, no more than 18".

Yes it's at 12". Its also not a direct shot on the masking area, but diagonal
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