HELP WITH UVB PLACEMENT

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HELP WITH UVB PLACEMENT

Postby rogersdave » Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:44 pm

Hi all i bought the tank pictured below for a rankins dragon, Exo Terra Glass Terrarium Large/Low 90cm wide x45cm deep x30cm high. i have the Arcadia ProT5 UVB, 22in/24w Desert 12% UVb, now the mesh top is very fine so i have cut out a section to the dimensions of the uvb bulb and replaced with chicken wire that has big holes, so now the uvb it sat on top of the mesh on the tank unobstructed as i believe i cannot mount it inside as the tank is only 30cm high is this ok? please see pictures below and i have tried to do a diagram of how i have it at the moment, if anything looks wrong any suggestions/help would be welcome, all temps are fine 104f basking spot taken with temp gun and a digital probe on it cool side sits around 75f/80f, humidity is always arount 35/40,

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Re: HELP WITH UVB PLACEMENT

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:47 pm

With it sitting on top of the screen you can try the 8-10 inches directly above the basking decor piece -- watch the behavior of the dragon- if he starts hiding from the UVB its gonna be too strong -- but you should be able to have it placed like that - the screen will cut down some of the rays but w/ it only being only 12" high it could go into the tank but it would need to get strapped to the top of the screen - so try the top of screen first--
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Re: HELP WITH UVB PLACEMENT

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:34 am

If you don't have any other animals in the house, you could leave the top off of it. That's what I do with mine (although it's the taller version). The mesh does block some of the UVB, but with a T5 you can still build the main basking site up to around 20-25cm below the UVB light and it should still produce plenty of UVB without having to cut the screen. You might also want to set the UVB light at an angle next to the basking light which will allow you to get the strongest UVB a bit closer to the strongest/hottest basking area.

Here is a photo with a T5 24'' fixture at an angle like I mentioned.

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Re: HELP WITH UVB PLACEMENT

Postby Drache613 » Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:35 am

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