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Lighting help please.

Postby daniellesweet » Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:47 pm

Can anyone give me the low down on lighting? I have the reptisun t5 with a fixture from HD. Also a reptile basking bulb. Now I am just reading the t5 needs to be a certain number of inches away from the basking spot? I currently have the uvb inside the tank, which i thought was better than outside of the mesh top. And I've also just learned that I need to remove the plastic cover from the fixture. So I guess my question is what is the best location and spacing for the uvb light?
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Re: Lighting help please.

Postby claudiusx » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:14 pm

The t5 puts out stronger uvb. You should remove the plastic cover on your fixture as that is blocking the uv rays.

How close can your dragon get tonit at his basking spot currently. Inside the tank is ok as long as it's far enough away to not be too intense at the basking site and the rest of the tank. All just depends on your tank. My t5s are mounted inside my tanks but I also have 4x2x2 tanks and the bulb is 12 or so inches from the basking surfaces.

The t5 is strong enough to be mounted outside the tank, while the t8 version should usually go inside.

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Re: Lighting help please.

Postby daniellesweet » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:29 pm

What is too close and what types of problems would be happening if it is too close? I have a small tank, 20L, hes a juvie.
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Postby claudiusx » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:17 pm

Do you know how far your bulb is from the basking surface? I wouldn't have it any closer than 10 inches inside the tank.

You wouldn't really have any problems, its just uv radiation is damaging, and it's good to not expose them to more than they need.
Sometimes if it's too much, they will hide or not bask as much as they should.

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Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:10 pm

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Re: Lighting help please.

Postby daniellesweet » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:25 am

I did notice he was hiding, but what I did was lower his log so his basking bulb is a little farther from the basking spot. i find it a little difficult with just a 20L tank, and my uvb is 22 inches. I have it inside of the tank, so there's only so far it can be away from the basking spot.
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Postby daniellesweet » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:26 am

kingofnobbys wrote:this will give you concrete data to work from in setting the lighting viewtopic.php?f=34&t=235611


That's awesome.
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Postby claudiusx » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:23 am

Well you want it right above the basking spot, not to the side of it. By how far away I meant in height.

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