UVB readings.

alyssa2704

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Hello, I recently forked out the money to buy a solar meter because i just had a gut feeling Leo wasn’t getting the correct UVB and it shows I was correct.
The only place he gets the correct UVB is if he basks on the log, which sometimes does but if he were to just bask at the bottom of the logs he wouldn’t get any UVB.
I just used the fixtures this viv came with.
How should i position the UVB? This is an Arcadia T5 39W UVB.
I was thinking about positioning it diagonally but wanted advice before I did anything.
Thank you :)
 

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Yes you can put it diagonally. I would aim to get it over the place he bask the most. If you can create an overlap in temp and uvb that is the optimal setup.
 

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I agree, you should probably move the UVB light away from the wall. I typically recommend setting it against the front or back like that when the enclosure is small or the light is strong in order to create a gradient. It sounds like this is the opposite situation so moving it out over the basking light is a good idea. Setting it at an angle to get it closer to the main basking light and over the basking surfaces should help quite a bit.

Since you have a Solarmeter now, you can really fine tune things more easily. Shoot for around 3-6 UVI in the main basking area with some areas around that in the 1-3 UVI range and down to near nothing further away from the basking area.
 

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