Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

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Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

Postby EHerb » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:02 am

So I live in the uk I got my kit from a reptile company that teach to kids and he had everything you could poss want so I got a 40 tank with all the bits and off we go
Rex was happy for the first week and then he decided to not eat any salad any more so we stopped bugs he’s still a bit hit and miss the basking bulb we were given was Arcadia 75 watt and that has just blown so we got a pro rep 100 watt and he wasn’t happy at all he spent the whole time hiding under the log - it’s all confusing what I read and I’d like to know if people agree on what bulb to use please ?
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Re: Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:08 am

Your basking bulb can be a bit flexible. You want bright white visible light and enough power to create a proper heat gradient. Shoot for surface temperatures of around 38-42 or so, mid 30s around that, and a cool side of around 24-26 or so. You may need to try some different wattages to find what works best in your enclosure. It's important to have accurate surface readings using a digital thermometer with a probe, or an IR temp gun.

Your UVB light is more important. It's well worth getting a high quality setup. Arcadia makes some of the best and that is readily available in the UK. Something like this should do the trick https://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/arcadia-prot5-kit-desert-12/
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Re: Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

Postby EHerb » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:19 am

Thank you for your reply
Currently blinding myself trying to see what we bought to start with and what I can see is it says Arcadia FD3P39T5 850mm ....does that mean anything to you - sorry I’m so new to this and just want him to be happy
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Re: Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:40 am

That's the 34'' Arcadia T5 12%. Excellent bulb. I use the same one.
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Re: Conflicting info on lights and heat - help

Postby EHerb » Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:21 am

That’s a comforting thought then that it’s good so I just need to play around with the bulb then
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