return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
 
click here for  Animal Specialties
Professional Cages & Rack Systems
Made in the USA - Freedom Breeder
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Lizard . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Rattlesnake Friday! . . . . . . . . . .  The Reptile Expo - Nov. 30, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  The Reptile Expo - Dec. 12, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - Dec. 12, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  DFW Herpetolocial Society Meeting - Dec. 19, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Dec. 19, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  York County Reptile Show - Dec. 20, 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show - Jan. 02-03 2020 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Jan. 09, 2021 . . . . . . . . . .  Reptiles At The York Expo Center - Jan. 16, 2021 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Feb. 06, 2021 . . . . . . . . . . 

full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
click here for  Animal Specialties
pool banner - $50 year

Can't use a MVB . . .

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Lizards - General Forum ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: Rosebuds at Thu Aug 23 17:31:11 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Rosebuds ]  
   

They get way too hot for a cage that small and deep unless it is a 40gallon breeder, which has the same width and length, but the height is 18 inches, I think. The only MVB that you could use in that cage would be a Megaray EB with a 60watt, and you would want to talk to Bob Mac About his thoughts on whether a low UVB in that set up would be better.

MVBs are the best UVB on the market. Nothing but natural sunlight is better if you have a bulb that is not flawed in some way. I understand that the Powersuns are now good bulbs. But as I said, they are made to be both a basking spot and UVB in one, and only for heat loving, sun loving reptiles. I used a MVB for a BTS when I had one here, but he was in a 4x1.5 foot tank and the height was 21 inches, so his basking spot was a good 10 inches to a foot from his basking surface and the tank had no top, so the ambient heat created by that bulb dissipated well. He loved it, but he also spent lots of time hiding.

As for covering the whole tank with UVB, that is not really necessary or wise. Animals can get too much uvb exposure and can burn. What I do when I use a tube (reptisun 10 or arcadia 12) is make sure the basking area is covered so that they get uvb in the most natural way possible in an indoor set up: when they bask. If you have a bulb that runs the full length of your enclosure, then make sure he has plenty of hides so that he can get out from under it if he needs to.

One more note on UVB bulbs: linear fluorescent tube bulbs can be great, but the animal needs to be able to get withing 7-8 inches of the bulb to benefit from it but no closer, so you will want to create your basking spot to accommodate that distance.


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Show Entire Thread ]


>> Next Message:  RE: Can't use a MVB . . . - bakeaway, Thu Aug 23 19:01:57 2012

<< Previous Message:  RE: UVB...strip or spot is better... - bakeaway, Thu Aug 23 15:15:02 2012