Lighting cages

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  1. Foozil

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    G'day,

    Right now I'm building a baby ackie enclosure, and I'm just wondering if I need to put cages on my lights? There is a stick going near the light (a UV), and I'm wondering if the monitor jumps on it if it will burn itself. I can remove the stick if necessary. I have one UV light and a halogen spot light, which is further away from the stick. The light reaches aprox. 50˚c on the surface but that may not be very accurate. Attached are some pics of the setup:
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    Thanks for the help,
     
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    I'm not sure what UVB lamps people use for their lizards and dragons but I know those compact (spiral type) are totally useless when it comes to turtles. It's just that thy don't have a big area of coverage and the UVB they emit is next to nothing regardless of what it states on the packaging... The UVB emitted from a fluoro tube type is a lot more beneficial to basking reptiles in my experience.
    I used a combination of all 3 of these in the past. You could suspend one of these tubes into the enclosure.

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    Nowadays I use MVB's for heat over the basking area and UVB 10.0 fluoros over their entire tank for max coverage.
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    To be honest, the UV light isn't really compulsory for monitors, its just that it brightens up the enclosure and I have one laying around. If its too hard to have it in there I can just take it out, but I would like to leave it in.
     
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    OK good to know, I didn't know that. ;)
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    In that case, just get a full spectrum 6500K daylight fluoro bulb and put in there. :)
     
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    Just keep in mind what I have been told may be wrong, so if I am please correct me :)

    Thanks for the help @Aussiepride83 :D
     
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    I've never kept any lizards as pets, I just assumed, them being diurnal and all that they would require an artificial source of UVB at the very minimum unless you're taking them outside daily for that? I even use Reptistar 5.0 UVB for my green tree frogs... It''s never bothered them.
     
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    Well as long as you're supplementing them. Some may argue they need UVB to absorb the calcium, but again, I'm no expert and this is just what I've been told.
     
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    i use just calcium and vitamin powder
     
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    With a UV light or just supplements?
     
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    just supplements some time uv bulbs but very rare my main source is the sun for uv
     
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