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#1 JenB

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 11:45 AM

Since I moved Hank to his new home I'm stuffing to get his basking area to 32. I'm using the combined bulb for heat and UV.
Any suggestions?

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 01:57 PM

What have you changed? Basking temps are dependant on the height of the bulb. If you are using a bigger area, you might need a higher wattage bulb. What are you using?

#3 JenB

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 02:45 PM

The bulb is a new one. The watt is 125.
It is a larger area than the vivarium but it's not as high up as it was in the vivarium.i have got one of those metal reflector shade things too.

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 04:59 AM

Hi Jen,

This might sound a little daft, but what are you using to take the temperature, also what on if it's on new topsoil that's damp the reading will be lower at first, have you tried to lower the bulb a little, what temperature are you getting. :)



#5 JenB

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:23 PM

Hi, I have lowered the lamp and the temps are normal now at 32. I had some netting over the top too so the cat wouldn't pester him so have just cut a hole where the lamp is. That's all helped.
He is much more active now too, he even nipped my finger when I was putting a few spider plants in for him! Cheeky bugger lol 😉

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 05:17 AM

Hi, I have lowered the lamp and the temps are normal now at 32. I had some netting over the top too so the cat wouldn't pester him so have just cut a hole where the lamp is. That's all helped.
He is much more active now too, he even nipped my finger when I was putting a few spider plants in for him! Cheeky bugger lol

That's good to hear, a good thing to invest in is an infrared thermometer, you can get these from Amazon etc, and are great for keeping a check on his temperatures,there a lot better than most for been accurate. :)






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