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Postby Silverbullet » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:43 pm

hey guys I just bought a new tank for my little buddy. I went from a 20 gallon tank to a 40gallon tank, would I need to upgrade my bulb wattage for the new tank?
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Re: new tank

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:58 pm

What are you using now for a UVB and wattage of basking bulb? Tell us what you have for taking temps and substrate
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Re: new tank

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:06 pm

Yeah it comes down to surface temps as far as the basking light goes. If your surface temps are the same (roughly 100-105 basking and 75-85 cool side) then the basking light is OK. Changing distance and wattage will affect this.

You will also likely need a new UVB light since the distance from the bulb to the basking area has changed. If you can provide us details about the current setup we will be glad to help advise on what needs to be upgraded.
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Re: new tank

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:06 pm

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Re: new tank

Postby Silverbullet » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:09 pm

right now I have a 100 watt basking light in the tank and the temp is sitting around 85 degrees and im not sure what the UVB light wattage is and, I have the top of the tank covered to maintain heat,any advise would be appreciated
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Re: new tank

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:21 pm

Look on the UVB-- is it a tube or a coil? If it's a coil get rid of it--- they are no good for larger tanks-- the 40 gallon is glass? How are you taking the basking temp? Stick ons are inaccurate--!
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Re: new tank

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:46 pm

If you can provide photos of the UVB light and perhaps any stamps or identifying marks on it, that would help us determine what you have in place so far and we can advise from there.
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