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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:04 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Look on the bulb -- is it in a dome? The brand and wattage should be on the bulb
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Yes, it is in a dome. The brand is Zoo Med. Its just that on your post, Lighting Help for Newbies, you showed a picture of a dome fixture..?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:11 pm

Is it a 13 watt or 26 watt?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:12 pm

The fixture or bulb? I don't know how to check the fixture
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:15 pm

No the bulb itself it will say what wattage it is it should be by the brand name
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:16 pm

Ohh. Well I use a 75 watt
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:24 pm

Please take a pic of the bulb--- 75 watt sounds like a basking bulb
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:29 pm

Yeah, It is.. I'll take a pic soon
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:52 am

Here it is:
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Its just my luck that the bulb died today :(
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:09 am

Ok so I need to see the bulb- and yes that would be a coil --- take it out look on it and if its the 13 watt like I am thinking it is DO NOT replace it! You need this for your 40+ gallon tank
https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... -hood.html 24" fixture
this bulb https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/arc ... -bulb.html 22" this is a Arcadia which is a great bulb- I was going to recommend the Reptisun but they are out of stock but this one is just as good - Its a T 5 as well - the fixture will come w/ a 5.0 bulb its equivalent to a T 8 hang on to it - it can be used as a back up but distance and placement in the tank would be different and its not as strong as the T 5's --
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:28 am

Hmm... It only says the max amount of wattage it can take(100-120).. Do you think I could find that reptisun or the fixture for it at a petstore when I go to replace the bulb?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:37 am

Most pet stores only carry T 8's --- and the longest for a T 8 is a 20" fixture from a store that I know of some do carry a longer fixture but most do not -- the links I sent you that store is good and they are fast -- your going to need that UVB replaced ASAP- I would go down to a single dome for your basking light make sure you have a digital probe thermometer to get actual basking temps NO stick ons they are inaccurate -- the UVB and basking temps are the most important thing in that tank --- its getting too cold now to get them outside if you live where it does it get cold - summer is great if your in the middle of switching out UVB's cuz then you can get them outside for good UVB - that coil you have is pretty much useless it does not provide adequate UVB if any at all -- you can go look at your stores and see what they carry I do recommend the 24" fixture w/ the Arcadia - it would not need to be changed out for a year -- the T 8's need to be changed out every 6 months and I recommend a month prior to the 6
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:41 am

KarrieRee wrote:Most pet stores only carry T 8's --- and the longest for a T 8 is a 20" fixture from a store that I know of some do carry a longer fixture but most do not -- the links I sent you that store is good and they are fast -- your going to need that UVB replaced ASAP- I would go down to a single dome for your basking light make sure you have a digital probe thermometer to get actual basking temps NO stick ons they are inaccurate -- the UVB and basking temps are the most important thing in that tank --- its getting too cold now to get them outside if you live where it does it get cold - summer is great if your in the middle of switching out UVB's cuz then you can get them outside for good UVB - that coil you have is pretty much useless it does not provide adequate UVB if any at all -- you can go look at your stores and see what they carry I do recommend the 24" fixture w/ the Arcadia - it would not need to be changed out for a year -- the T 8's need to be changed out every 6 months and I recommend a month prior to the 6
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Oh no... Okay. I can try to convince my mom to get me the new fixture and everything else I need but I don't know if it'll work. I can probably get a better fixture for the uvb at the petstore if they have it. Its usually pretty hot where I live but todays a rainy day
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:43 am

How do you put a basking bulb in the fixture you linked? Which fixture is the one you use for your beardie?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby Impawsiblesquad » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:47 am

Also, do you think that 22'' fixture can fit in a 20 gallon without hurting the beardie inside?
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Re: I need help with lights!

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:18 am

Ok so get the 20" fixture if you can and use the bulb that comes w/ it --- if there is one- I dont recommend the 20" because you are going to need to upgrade to a bigger tank like in the next few months -- you will not be able to keep him in a 20 gallon tank - he will out grow it by the time hes 6 months old and thats pushing it --- your going to need to get at the least a 40 gallon and I dont recommend that either -- a full size dragon which is around a year needs a 75-120 gallon tank --- that is why I recommended the 24" fixture it will go into pretty much the norm for a tank of 40+ gallon --- you can look on Craigslist or FB marketplace for a tank - look for one w/ front doors and if you find one make sure you sanitize it really good w/ some Zoo Meds Wipe Out or F 10 or Rescue --- the single dome can be found at your pet store I use Flukers for basking domes-- go look at the links I posted so you know what your looking for when you go to the pet store--- you can get a Zilla fixture w/ a T 8 bulb - those are common at the pet stores but they are usually only 18" and come w/ a crappy bulb - you can replace that bulb for a Reptisun T 8 but then again you will be buying again when you need to upgrade the tank --- so save some money get what you can put into a bigger tank now and I will help you set it up for the bigger fixture for your 20 gallon tank -
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