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UVB Wattage?

Postby izanagi » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:34 pm

hello! im changing my beardie’s light and my tank is 36 and a quarter inches in length, 18 and a quarter inches in width and 13 and an eighth inches high. i know the tank is a bit small but im working on another tank! i just really need a bulb right now for him and i’ll adjust it accordingly when i get him another one :)

having the measurements in mind, im not sure which wattage i should go with when i go to buy the reptisun 10.0? please help!
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Re: UVB Wattage?

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:38 pm

Wattage doesn't matter really, because the wattage is based purely on the size of the bulb. For example, you can't get the 22inch reptisun t5 in anything but 24w as it takes 24w to power a fluorescent that long.

So you base your decision on the length of the bulb instead.

For your tank, I'd go with either the 22inch T5 reptisun, or the 24 inch T8.
However since your tank is so short at only 13 inches tall, the T8 bulb might be the best bet. The T5 needs to be 12-15 inches away from the basking site.

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Re: UVB Wattage?

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:32 am

I'd buy ahead, sizing the UVB fixture and bulb for the new enclosure. That way, you won't have to replace the UVB again, and it may double as an incentive to get that larger enclosure. Adjustments can still be made, raising the bulb, lowering the basking site, etc.
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