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RE: RE : SEPERATE them

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Posted by: Carlton at Thu Jun 19 13:09:50 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

Blush Thanks for the vote of confidence!

I don't know who said it might take 2-3 weeks for them to "settle in", but that isn't a given standard event. So much depends on how they were cared for before you got them. For their sake I hope the seller didn't have them long. To tell you they could co-exist in a glass tank was inhumane and completely wrong. But, you are asking all the right questions and they are lucky to have someone who does their own research. I'm afraid you are faced with separation for the long term. The only time you'll want to put them together is for breeding...and that will be some time off after they are established, eating, maintaining their weight, etc. No guarrantee they will breed, but the first thing to do is get them both established and healthy. By then you will know their color patterns and moods. Many folks with a pair of chams put 2 similar screen cages side by side on a table or shelf with a visual barrier between them. You can use one longer UV fluorescent for both sides that way, spray all at once, use a humidifier aimed at both when it's needed (when the house is dry due to AC or heat in winter). Makes it a bit easier. You'll need more than one basking spot unless you use a light placed right at the divider that lights a spot in both sides. I don't know the UV bulb brand you mentioned. There are quite a few "UVB" bulbs out there but most are not very effective. Some have been independently tested and their output isn't great. I do know that the one that consistently tests out best is the ReptiSun 5.0. It's been around for years and many of us use them. UV fluorescents don't last forever. The bulb may light, but after about 6 months of daily 12 hour use the UV radiation drops off a lot. Time to replace them. I use double hoods and get more life out of an "old" bulb by pairing it with a new one.


   

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