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  1. Alex Harkins

    Alex Harkins Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Doug is now 3 1/2 months old and growing like crazy! I purchased a 4x2x2 DIYcage.com enclosure and it included two bulb fixtures, but I wanted to use a tube for his UVB. Which fixture is best to order for this? I thought about getting the reptisun terrarium hood at my petsmart, but I saw mixed answers when people asked if it could be mounted inside. Also, for this size, which tube and bulb wattage should I try? We keep the house at a constant 70degrees, if that helps. Thanks!

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    this is the best bulbs and what is recommended on a forum I belong to --
    Which UVB light should I use?

    The best UVB light is a ReptiSun 10.0 fluorescent tube HO (Or Arcardia 12% in the UK). Compact or coil bulbs do not emit the proper amount of UVB light for a bearded dragon, and should not be used. Other brands, such as the Zilla Desert Series and ReptiGlo have been known to cause eye problems and other health issues with bearded dragons, and should be avoided. The reason that some UVB lights (Zilla, ReptiGlo, coils/compacts, ect.) are considered dangerous is because the wavelength of UVB that they emit is shorter and more intense than the wavelength of the "safe" lights (ReptiSun, Arcadia). UVB lights should be replaced every 6 months. The T5’s are a strong bulb and only need to be replaced once a year – the T 8 every 6 months--- where as the T 8 are not as strong—they need to be placed inside the tank the T 5 10.0 bulb approx 10-11 inches from basking spot – the T 8 approx 8-10 inches from basking spot—the cover needs to be off the bulb for full effect of the UVB rays-- the UVB has nothing to do w/ heat---- that would be a good basking bulb- it sometimes depends on the temp of the room you have them in at least mine does - I have a 4x2x2 Zen Habitat and I use a 150 watt Exo Terro bulb - added in winter a CHE --- my UVB is a Zoo Med hood flat fixture for a 14 % Arcadia bulb--- basking temps should be 100-110 for a baby and 95-105 for a adult ---
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