LianneHenry

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I have never used the excavator clay -- or any loose substrate in my tanks - I am using a rubber mat that comes from Zen Habitats and their tanks w/ 2 pieces of slated ceramic tile to keep the nails down -please get rid of the heat mat --- you want a ceramic heat emitter that goes in a dome- also known as a CHE -- if your tank is dropping below 65 F at night you want the CHE - I would start w/ the wattage of a basking bulb of the Solar Glo and make sure your using the digital probes to monitor the surface basking temp
What kind of dome is compatible with a CHE? Name/brand? Here a wire light is advised on the Dutch websites I visited so far.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
What kind of dome is compatible with a CHE? Name/brand? Here a wire light is advised on the Dutch websites I visited so far.
Your basking dome you have for your basking lamp- it has to have a ceramic socket- flukers makes them --
here is one but you can shop Amazon or your websites you have for reptile supplies etc
what is a wire light?
this one will work - I use the mini domes
 

LianneHenry

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Henry
Your basking dome you have for your basking lamp- it has to have a ceramic socket- flukers makes them --
here is one but you can shop Amazon or your websites you have for reptile supplies etc
what is a wire light?
this one will work - I use the mini domes
 

LianneHenry

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Got some wood made to size at the buildingstore, the Zoo med T5 will arrive tomorrow so let’s see if it works on top. Thanks for all the advice to far, it really helps :)
 

LianneHenry

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I have never used the excavator clay -- or any loose substrate in my tanks - I am using a rubber mat that comes from Zen Habitats and their tanks w/ 2 pieces of slated ceramic tile to keep the nails down -please get rid of the heat mat --- you want a ceramic heat emitter that goes in a dome- also known as a CHE -- if your tank is dropping below 65 F at night you want the CHE - I would start w/ the wattage of a basking bulb of the Solar Glo and make sure your using the digital probes to monitor the surface basking temp
For substrate I will make a decision later. When I got Henry he was on sand...... When I changed this for the paper towels he kept pooping sand for 5 days so I am leaning towards something else than a loose substrate. Just like the look of the clay and some people seem to have good experiences with it. But I really don't want him to eat any substrate anymore. A mat combined with rocks sounds like a good plan! I still have a big slate tile from his old enclosure which already covers a big part of the tank.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 5 and Blaze is 3
For substrate I will make a decision later. When I got Henry he was on sand...... When I changed this for the paper towels he kept pooping sand for 5 days so I am leaning towards something else than a loose substrate. Just like the look of the clay and some people seem to have good experiences with it. But I really don't want him to eat any substrate anymore. A mat combined with rocks sounds like a good plan! I still have a big slate tile from his old enclosure which already covers a big part of the tank.
If hes eating his substrate I would recommend some textured NON adhesive shelf liner -- you can order it on line or get it at your local home improvement store --- I would not be using any type of loose substrate -- I would not get the mat w/ rocks -- if he eats the rocks they are going to cause impaction -- like the sand its good he was pooping it out and it did not plug him up
 

LianneHenry

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Henry
If hes eating his substrate I would recommend some textured NON adhesive shelf liner -- you can order it on line or get it at your local home improvement store --- I would not be using any type of loose substrate -- I would not get the mat w/ rocks -- if he eats the rocks they are going to cause impaction -- like the sand its good he was pooping it out and it did not plug him up
Thanks for the advice! Yes I meant a mat like that and I will put some big rocks on top for grip. Nothing that he can eat ;)
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby ,Snicker Doodles, Sweet Pea, Sinatra
The uvb don't get all that hot, if you want to put it inside just get a couple heavy zipties, poke a hole on either side of the light(setting on top of the screen for reference) then movevit inside and secure it with the zipties. I have 2 of mine that way, it works fine.
I used excavator clay, i gets gard and cracks and is miserable to keep sanitized. I took it out and went back to tile.
 

LianneHenry

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The uvb don't get all that hot, if you want to put it inside just get a couple heavy zipties, poke a hole on either side of the light(setting on top of the screen for reference) then movevit inside and secure it with the zipties. I have 2 of mine that way, it works fine.
I used excavator clay, i gets gard and cracks and is miserable to keep sanitized. I took it out and went back to tile.
Can I also just put it on top without the wood you think? Then the actual tube is about 0,5cm away from the plastic.
 

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