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RE: help! new owner of a uro..

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Posted by: rtl402 at Fri Jan 30 08:00:15 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

Ditto to everything mentioned by ET
The 10 gallon tank will do more harm then you can imagine, try and get a new enclosure ASAP. Check craigslist, people are usually selling used aquariums for a decent price. You can often find a 75 gallon tank (48"x18"x18" which is a good size to use) for $100 or less.
UVB is very important to a Uro, megaray bulbs are great, but unfortunately the SB bulbs that produce heat and UVB are on backorder. You could get the EB bulb, and then an additional basking bulb to get the temps correct. There is no set method to heat for day/night, it takes some messing around with different bulbs and positions to get the temps right.

If your room temperature at night does not drop below 75F, don't worry about nighttime heat. If it does, you can get a ceramic heat emitter, which will produce heat, but no visible light. This is best for Uro's at night, as those red night bulbs will throw off their sleeping patterns.

Change the substrate right away, paper towel is a good option, when you get the larger tank, you can find some natural slate at home depot or lowes very cheap, get 2 pieces and it will cover most of the tank, it holds heat very well and is very easy to clean.

I would also try and get everything setup before you get to the vet, as the medications the Uro may need will not be doing much good in the 10g tank.

Keep us updated. We will give you as much info as you need to help the Uro get setup properly and you will truly see how amazing they can be


   

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