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  1. Lizardlover01

    Lizardlover01 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    my bearded dragons T8 UV light just burnt out -because of my cat- and I don’t have the money to order a new one until tomorrow and even then it could be a few days and I know that bearded dragons should only go light 2 days at max without UV. I have a tropical UV light that came with my fixture when I ordered it is a 25W T8 tropical bulb. On the order is says it’s ideal for reptiles too but with bearded dragons being desert reptiles will this tropical one be okay for her until I get a new desert series one? She’s 1 year and 3 months old in a 40 gallon tank with a 75 watt incandescent light right now.
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Is the tropical a 5.0 bulb -- if it is it can be used - the strength wont be as good as the 10.0 but yes it can be used - it should be the same distance in the tank as the T 8 8-10 inches and no cover on the fixture (bulb) exposed-- another option if its warm where you live you can take her outside for 15 minute direct sunlight will = to 4 hrs of UVB
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    Lizardlover01 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    This is the original fixture I bought from amazon a year ago. I already removed the plastic cover when I bought it before I put my desert series bulb in but like I said I won’t be able to get another desert series until later.

    Zilla Slimline Reptile Fluorescent Lighting Fixture with 3-Percent UVB Lamp, 18-Inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002QI86U/?tag=exoticpetnetw-20

    and this is a pic of the bulb attached

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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Ok dont get that bulb ---- its not really good get this one its the best on the market at this time you want a Reptisun 10.0 bulb T 8 they can be found at Petco Petsmart for around $20 or so - inside the tank approx 8-10 inches from basking decor---------- the fixture is fine its the bulb you want
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    Lizardlover01 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    No I know what bulb I need. That’s the bulb that came with the fixture and wanted to know if it could be used temporary until I ordered my new one.

    this is the new one I’m gonna order
    Zilla Reptile Habitat Lighting UVB Fluorescent Desert T8 Bulb, 15W https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QFROMQ/?tag=exoticpetnetw-2

    it’s also the bulb I’ve been using for the last year before it burnt out
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Yes I understand but I am recommending you get the Reptisun bulb instead of the Zilla they are not that good of a bulb - you dont need to order that bulb if you have a petco or petsmart in your area you can go there and get this bulb I am recommending - and yes if you have another T 8 bulb that is the aquarium bulb they are a 5.0 bulb ---- it can be used ----- but the one I am recommending is a 10.0 bulb and the best on the market - the Zilla is very low UVB strength
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    Lizardlover01 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Okay thanks! Do they come in 18inches?
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Yes they come in 18" and that is what most of the pet stores carry ---- I have a Zilla fixture that works well but I use the Reptisun bulbs --- just remember to change that bulb out in 6 months time - the T 5 bulbs require a longer fixture and are a stronger bulb than the T 8's and last a year
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    Lizardlover01 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Alright I’ll grab her a reptisun then. Thanks I just wanted to make sure the tropical one would work until I got a new uv for her. Thank you
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Just make sure its the 10.0 not the 5.0 they are for aquariums
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    Thomas Woosley Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello Kaylynangel, Just wanted to let you know that I got my Zach a Reptisun 10.0 UVB Light today. yay me. lol. I have it on the left side rt bye his Basking Light with Temps at and around 100 to 105 taken with a thermo Gun. It is in a fixture set up on a timer on top of wide mesh metal screen is that good? thankyou in advance. Tom.
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Ok so the fixture has a reflector correct? So being its on top of screen there should be NO cover over that bulb - exposed - and wide screen decor piece should be approx 8-10 inches from that bulb -- let me know how things are going in a few days - you should notice behavior change ----- poops--- eating etc
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    -------------- what bulb I should ask the T 5 or T 8
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    Thomas Woosley Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello Kayly, Yes everything you said is spot on. It is 18 inchs and 10 inches off the top of his hammock where he does his main basking.. It is the 10.0 Reptisun UVB light.
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    kaylynangel Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    Ok so you got the T 8? distance for a T 8 needs to be in the tank ------ and approx 8-10 inches from basking spot --- the T 8 is not as strong as the T 5 and the screen will filter out 30% of those rays -- w/ that being said you need to put it inside the tank w/ NO cover on that fixture and have it 8-10 inches from his basking decor ---- you can use long plastic zip ties --- fishing line ----- 3M velcro hangers --- shoe laces --- boot laces-- picture wire hangers
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    Thomas Woosley Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hey Kayly, is the 10.0 that I got is that called a T8?
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    ok so like I said it needs to go inside the tank for the T 8 ---- follow the distance for the T 8 and watch his behavior the next few days--- 8-10 inches from his basking decor
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    Thomas Woosley Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hey Kayly, ok I got it now. Going to put it inside first thing in the Am since it is almost nite nite time for Zach, lol. Thankyou so very much for your Help Kayly. He is doing Great but he will be doing alot better with this New Light. Tom.
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    Yes he should -- keep me posted on how hes doing
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    Thomas Woosley Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hey Kayly, Thankyou I will.