Best heat bulb for 55-65 gallon tank (temporary)

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Best heat bulb for 55-65 gallon tank (temporary)

Postby NewbieLizard43 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:26 am

My heating lamp burned out today. Fortunately we found a shop near us that is open and sells exo terra heatbulbs.
My question is: what heatbulb is the best for a 55 to 65ish gallon tank? Exo terra intense basking spot 100w or Exo terra intense basking spot 75w?
Also, I plan on replacing the current tank with a 75 gallon tank when I get the money to buy one. Are ceramic tiles good for the floor of the tank? The current tank uses them, so I figured I would use them as well.
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Re: Best heat bulb for 55-65 gallon tank (temporary)

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:54 am

Yes on the tiles --- as far as basking bulbs you need to have a digital probe to get an accurate temp and it is trial and error------------- for basking for babies 105-110 for adult / juvies 95-110--- its good to offer a gradient heat for them - like a nice log decor piece that has different places for them to sit lay or lay under would offer that - that way they can pick where they want to sit for temps
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Re: Best heat bulb for 55-65 gallon tank (temporary)

Postby SandP » Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:14 am

As Karrie said it really is a trial and error thing. Everyone's tanks are different just like everyone's house temps are different and they both play roles into how a bulb will warm up a tank. I personally don't like spot bulbs, they are good at getting the basking spot the correct temp but often drop off too quickly around that spot and the rest of the tank may be too cool. I use regular halogen house bulbs.
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