Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

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Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby Marleine » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:35 am

Hello everyone,
I’m sort of a newbie so please bear with me.
I inherited a 100 gal tank and an 8 month old bearded dragon. The tank dimensions is 60in length and 20” height.

Where do I begin with lights?
Ideally, I wanted to get the hood style lights (flat) instead of the dome lights that I have but from what that’s not good for them?

Please help. I tried to read some other forums but it was hard for me to understand.
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Re: Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:48 am

You need a 24" fixture w/ reflector and a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 bulb this fixture comes w/ a 5.0 bulb its considered a T 8 distance and placement would be different from the T 5 -- keep as a back up tho
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/wholesa ... o-med.html
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/t5-uvb- ... o-med.html
My go to places are out of stock --- these are considered the best on the market at this time
You are going to need a bright white basking bulb that keeps temps 95-110 and it MUST be taken w/ a digital probe thermometer--- stick ons are inaccurate for basking temps - I would start w/ a 100 watt and go from there - if you need more help please ask the T 5 has options of placement but certain things apply before that can happen --
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Re: Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby Marleine » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:29 pm

And this covers my uvb/basking lights?
What for a night time light?

KarrieRee wrote:You need a 24" fixture w/ reflector and a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 bulb this fixture comes w/ a 5.0 bulb its considered a T 8 distance and placement would be different from the T 5 -- keep as a back up tho
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/wholesa ... o-med.html
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/t5-uvb- ... o-med.html
My go to places are out of stock --- these are considered the best on the market at this time
You are going to need a bright white basking bulb that keeps temps 95-110 and it MUST be taken w/ a digital probe thermometer--- stick ons are inaccurate for basking temps - I would start w/ a 100 watt and go from there - if you need more help please ask the T 5 has options of placement but certain things apply before that can happen --
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Re: Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:44 pm

The UVB and basking lights are two different lights --- you need a good one of each--- NO lights on at nite dragons like it cool and dark --- temps in the tank at nite should be no lower than 65 and no higher than 80 - 70's is good ---- if you need heat at nite get a Ceramic Heat Emitter -- CHE they produce heat and no light --- basking lights look like this https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/enviro ... gid=500202 they go in a dome---
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Re: Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby Marleine » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:11 pm

Wow, I’m so glad I came here. Thank you for this information.

Any tips on how to get him to trust us new owners? He is very calm but whenever we pick him up his bottom mouth turns black. (I’ve read that’s a sign of defense) so I want him to trust us.

KarrieRee wrote:The UVB and basking lights are two different lights --- you need a good one of each--- NO lights on at nite dragons like it cool and dark --- temps in the tank at nite should be no lower than 65 and no higher than 80 - 70's is good ---- if you need heat at nite get a Ceramic Heat Emitter -- CHE they produce heat and no light --- basking lights look like this https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/enviro ... gid=500202 they go in a dome---
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Re: Lighting for 100 gallon tank.

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:50 pm

How old is the dragon? He's going thru relocation stress- you can try hand feeding-- if you just got him I would let him acclimate to his surroundings- you can put a fleece blanket or piece of clothing w/ your smell on it--- put it in his hide- approach from the side not from above he will think your a predator- hand feed greens or bsfl or super worms- I don't know his age- the beard turning black is distress- you need to go slow w/ him - you need to get the correct lighting ASAP
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