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Changing UVB Tube

Postby DragonPete » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:09 pm

Hi all. I want to replace Petey's uvb light tube, the one he has is Reptiglo 10.0 15W 18 inch T8. I know this is not optimal but wondered which tube I can get that is a better uvb tube without having to replace the fixture itself.
Any suggestions? Yes, in the U.S.
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:14 pm

Good thing your changing that out Reptiglos are not any good - you need to get a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 - they are one of the best on the market now - it needs to be 8-10 inches from basking spot -- and no cover on the fixture
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby DragonPete » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:51 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Good thing your changing that out Reptiglos are not any good - you need to get a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 - they are one of the best on the market now - it needs to be 8-10 inches from basking spot -- and no cover on the fixture
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So it's the brand not the model so to speak? Yeah I know it's not a good tube but have it under the steel mesh lid, no cover on it and foil to reflect. It's about 8 inches away from his fave spot, 6-8 depending. We went thru all that when we first got here. You told me what to do with the tube, under lid etc. I figure it was best I could do for short term since he came with it and is adult. Just wanted to know what to replace it with and should it stay in same place etc? Thanks for being so helpful!
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:57 pm

Here is a website for a reflector
http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/arcadi ... eflector/#
http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/miscel ... s-new-hot/
You can order a reflector for your fixture
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby DragonPete » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:02 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Here is a website for a reflector
http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/arcadi ... eflector/#
http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/miscel ... s-new-hot/
You can order a reflector for your fixture
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Thank you. Interesting. Looks very similar to chimney flashing. My DIY juices are bubbling! LOL! 😆 Dang it Karrie!
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby claudiusx » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:06 pm

Yup you can use the reptisun 10.0 in your fixture as it's also a t8 sized bulb.

You can make a reflector out of aluminum foil. I have a rough guide on how to do it in my announcement post at the top of the forums.

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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby DragonPete » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:25 pm

claudiusx wrote:Yup you can use the reptisun 10.0 in your fixture as it's also a t8 sized bulb.

You can make a reflector out of aluminum foil. I have a rough guide on how to do it in my announcement post at the top of the forums.

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I did the foil to help till I could get a new tube. Should continue to use it after replacing the tube? And keep it inside the lid?
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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby claudiusx » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:28 pm

If you dont have a reflector, definitely keep using the foil. Without a reflector, the t8 reptisun needs to be 4 or 5 inches away, and that's too close. With the reflector you can be at a much better 6-8 inch distance. Those numbers are assuming it's not being blocked by a mesh lid.

If you're tank is tall enough you might want to consider just switching to the t5 version and buying a fixture with reflector.

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Re: Changing UVB Tube

Postby DragonPete » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:36 pm

claudiusx wrote:If you dont have a reflector, definitely keep using the foil. Without a reflector, the t8 reptisun needs to be 4 or 5 inches away, and that's too close. With the reflector you can be at a much better 6-8 inch distance. Those numbers are assuming it's not being blocked by a mesh lid.

If you're tank is tall enough you might want to consider just switching to the t5 version and buying a fixture with reflector.

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He's in a 40 br for now. Hope to change that this summer with a newly built viv or a Zen or something similar. Haven't decided yet, but leaning towards buying the appropriate enclosure for adult. Def needs more space. Expect to go T5 with new 'house'.
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