Tank heating

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Hi there so im a newish beardie owner and have her in a 40 gallon right now but I have a newly built albeit slightly wonky 120 gallon tank and I have 75 watt basking bulb in it problem being is the basking bulb is only getting the temps up to around 79.0 f on the heated side according to the fitted digital thermometers that I have mounted to the cage how would I increase the temperatures inside this black PVC monstrosity so I can move my beautiful toast in to it [/url]http://imgur.com/a/i2XZlEm[/url]
 

kingofnobbys

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What are dimensions of the (2) tank(s) , length x width x height ?

Personally , I don't think PVC tanks are a good option for reptiles like bearded dragons. Better off with with a timber tank , even one of those laminated MDF flatpacks sold online by some petshops.
 

AHBD

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Hi there, your pics didn't show up, here's how to post pics :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them

The tank sounds like a nice big one but the temp. at 79 is for the cool side, so consider that you have te cool side taken care of. You will 100 % need a HOTTER bulb ob the other side to get the temp. up to about 105. Try a few different bulbs, just get the incandescent bulbs at Walmart/Home Depot. You can buy a 4 pack of 100 watt bulbs for less than 1 pet store bulb. Or go with one of these, they produce heat AND uvb at the same time.

https://www.amazon.com/Mega-Ray-Mercury-Vapor-Bulb-Watts/dp/B00TRI4NPY

You can get a large aluminum dome fixture at Walmart or Home Depot as well, check on the rating to see that it can handle the higher wattage bulb.
 

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kingofnobbys":vr6x62qd said:
What are dimensions of the (2) tank(s) , length x width x height ?

Personally , I don't think PVC tanks are a good option for reptiles like bearded dragons. Better off with with a timber tank , even one of those laminated MDF flatpacks sold online by some petshops.
It's 4x2x2 and yeah the PVC is going to be temporary as im going to save up for a decent one this is but a stop gap so I can figure out the heating and such
 

BubbleBuddy

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AHBD":66fcft21 said:
Hi there, your pics didn't show up, here's how to post pics :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them

The tank sounds like a nice big one but the temp. at 79 is for the cool side, so consider that you have te cool side taken care of. You will 100 % need a HOTTER bulb ob the other side to get the temp. up to about 105. Try a few different bulbs, just get the incandescent bulbs at Walmart/Home Depot. You can buy a 4 pack of 100 watt bulbs for less than 1 pet store bulb. Or go with one of these, they produce heat AND uvb at the same time.

https://www.amazon.com/Mega-Ray-Mercury-Vapor-Bulb-Watts/dp/B00TRI4NPY

You can get a large aluminum dome fixture at Walmart or Home Depot as well, check on the rating to see that it can handle the higher wattage bulb.
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this is the tank currently I have the lights and such turned off and yes ...it's wonky I blame my disability for that
 

Taterbug

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I love my PVC enclosures in every regard except the look. You might find you need more than one light bulb. several smaller bulbs are a better choice than one large one, you get a larger and more even basking area. Just upping the wattage you'll run the risk of hot spots that can cause burns.

As an aside, where are the temp probes located?
 

BubbleBuddy

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Taterbug":3jp3e3ce said:
I love my PVC enclosures in every regard except the look. You might find you need more than one light bulb. several smaller bulbs are a better choice than one large one, you get a larger and more even basking area. Just upping the wattage you'll run the risk of hot spots that can cause burns.

As an aside, where are the temp probes located?
The probe is located on the right wall about half way down as close to the bulb as I can get it mainly so I can get the temperatures in the middle as it gives me a good indicator wether or not Its hot enough I still need to decorate and such but until I can get this temp right I'm not going to bother
 

Taterbug

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You want to set up something as a place holder to the basking site to make sure you are measuring the basking temps. You might be closer than you think to the right temps.
 

BubbleBuddy

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Taterbug":c5t8p33w said:
You want to set up something as a place holder to the basking site to make sure you are measuring the basking temps. You might be closer than you think to the right temps.
I'll try that today when I get back from work
 

kingofnobbys

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AHBD":2nvdr7v0 said:
Looks good, just get the heat + right right. BTW, what is wrong with PVC ?

Outgasing when heated of toxic fumes and gases. (consider the enclosure a "CONFINED SPACE" ==> fumes will tend to accumulate and the reptile has no escape from these and will be breathing contaminated air).

Apply caution with use of very hot globe and the ceramic high temperature rated fittings that are attached the surfaces of or very close to the surfaces of the PVC.

Old post that's relevant
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:19 am
Gormagon wrote:
I work with a lot of PVC products and when heated up does emmit gasses, maybe not very toxic to us but who knows what it might do to a bearded dragon.
If you can keep the ceramic fixture far enough off of it, it might be OK to use. With a 75watt basking bulb in a ceramic fixture it reaches 200.6° on the fixture (just checked it with an infrared thermometer) in my vivarium. I mounted them to a wood block with washers for spacers to help with the heat dispersement. Wood block only reaches 98° on the back side. So it is possible to mount it to the PVC with the use of some washers and a 1x4 as long as you use desperate screws for fastening the wood to the PVC and the fixture to the wood block. I hope this helps.
A 20watt bulb will not put out the heat needed for basking.
 

BubbleBuddy

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So I sorted out the heating problem had to make a experimental basking platform and basically use my 150 watt bulb by nailing it to the ceiling now I just need to get something for the floor as stupid me has tiles that are too big
 

Taterbug

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Fumes from melting PVC are nasty business. You don’t want have your heat sources close enough to the enclosure, regardless of material, to warm it up that much. Fire hazard and all.
 
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