We've had Freddy for a month now, and he seems to be doing great! I've rearranged his (or her, we don't know yet) viv a few times and added a few things, but I think I've finally got a good setup. I just want to make sure.
There is an ExoTerra 50 W ("intense basking spot") bulb on the left. The t-rex and the log are his basking perches. The log is 8 inches from the bulb. The t-rex's back is also about 8 inches from the bulb and his neck/head are about 5.5 to 6 inches away from the bulb. Both basking spots are about 110-115F right now according to my Zoo Med ReptiTemp digital infrared thermometer (admittedly, I'm not sure how close I should hold it to the surface, so I hope these temps are accurate).
I've got a T5 HO 5.0 UVB bulb on the right where Freddy is sitting. Previously, I didn't have the magnetic rock that he is sitting on, and since the bulb is only a 5.0 (instead of a 10.0) and the light has to go through the screen, I was concerned that maybe he wasn't getting enough UVB. So I got him this new magnetic rock that I was able to stick up closer to the bulb, which he loves. It's about 95F up there. I just hope he doesn't love it so much that he stops going to his basking spot. He'll bask when he needs to though, right?
He has a hide in the bottom right corner that he sleeps in sometimes, and two food bowls (one for worms and one for salad). It's about 85F over there right now. All the lights go off at night and since it's summer here in Chicago, the night temps have stayed in the 70s. I will definitely have to add some warmth to his viv during the wintertime, though, as our "vintage" apartment does not stay very warm in the winter.
What do you think??