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purplem3pursuit
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Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:12 pm

what kind of basking lamp do you guys use.. right now i have a 60w standard bulb and lamp.. just curious to see if thats enough or i should go after something else..
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Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:52 am

I used to have a regular bulb at first, then I got a red heat basking bulb (three times actually), I now have a basking ceramic heater, so far it has outlasted any of the bulbs, it is supposed to be good for 5 years, also, I don't have to worry about it popping like a few of the bulbs I had did when they got splashed, the way I see it, it pays for itself in bulb purchases :D, I keep mine on all the time, and I have my UV light on a timer, on at 6 and off at 10. :D
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Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:41 am

natural sunlight :D
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Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:51 am

^^^^dido
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Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:19 pm

Should your basking light be on all the time or on at certain times???I want to turn mine off at night cuase i can't stand light when i'm going to bed..lol
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Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:21 pm

they need night too :) make it 12/12
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Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:26 pm

On at---6:00 Am
Off at---10:00 Pm

That's what I do, I have the UV bulb on a timer. :D
I don't like light when I go to sleep either. :D :D
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Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:45 pm

that would be a good thing toget is a timer for your light. that way your turtle has some sense of night and day

also you can even use one of them computer lamps that move around and just stick a 60-100watt light bulb in there...eventually they will bask on there own..

hope it helps.
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Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:13 pm

I have a ceramic and agree that it's best because it doesn't pop like the other bulbs do, I leave mine on day and night, because it doesn't put out any light.
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Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:51 pm

I have a question. I have a critter light, it's good for turtles, lizards, etc. I keep it on during the day to keep the water warmer, it's naturally about 73 degrees room temp, the light keeps it around 79-82 degrees. My room is very sunny, lots of windows, is this enough 'sunlight' for him? at night, I turn it off..so the only lumination in the room is my tv which I keep on all night. Is this ok or should I be doing anything differently? I will be getting a ceramic basking rock as soon as I can afford it....once I do this..will a regular lightbulb suffice? thanks
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Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:25 pm

What rays does your critter light emit? Turtles need UVA and B. If that is what you are providing, that's good! If not, seek out lights that have this.

And they also need a dry basking space, where they can completely dry out. Usually this has a light, too, to entice them into its warmth -- your water is warm enough, but there should also be a warmer basking area.

As for leaving the TV on all night, unless you do this for some other reason, it isn't necessary for the turtle. They sleep, too! Might keep it awake, besides running up your electric bill and wearing out your TV screen.
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Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:53 pm

whichever does not emulate natural sunlight, that's the one I have. He has a basking rock, surrounded a bit by acq rocks sloping up out of the water...he walks around alot, basks, and swims..he's also started eating tuna and critter grass, I snip off bite size peices, and they just float around until he eats them. I was wondering if the natural 'sunniness' in my room was enough..or if I need another bulb. in other words...do I need two lamps and two bulbs, or will what I have now suffice..or is there a bulb I can get that has both? thanks
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:19 am

Unless the glass in the windows are specifically designed to allow UV rays to pass through, I seriously doubt that they do, nowadays, most, if not all, window glass is made to block UV rays, so you would need to have a UV bulb for your turtle. :? :D
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:31 am

You are right, Stray. I have been reading so many of your past posts...and have gotten tons of good advice and things I need to be doing. I don't know which bulb I have, the box just says 'critter bulb', and it keeps his basking rock around 85 degrees. What I am going to do is get a ceramic heated basking rock, so it can be warm 24/7, and a bulb that emits uva and b rays. My question....what is the power source for the rock? is it batteries or a cord?..I'd be concerned with a cord for obvious reasons....Please forgive any ignorant questions..I am new at this, and I love to gather all info possible before going to buy things I need, and this seems the best place to do that, you all seem very knowledgeable. Thanks
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:31 pm

I believe the heated rocks are intended fpr non-aquatic reptiles -- I would not use them near water! Your current basking setup sounds okay, no need to fix it if it isn't broken!
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:41 pm

I think you are right. Also, when I keep the light shining on the water, it keeps the water and the rock around 81-83 degrees. Is this ok or should the basking rock always be warmer than the water? Maybe I could get a uva/b bulb to keep on the water and to give him the rays he needs..and get one of those red bulbs that only heats the rock in a second lamp?
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:28 pm

That sounds workable, but it's up to you -- the important thing is that the basking area be warmer than the water so the turtle is enticed onto it. If your water is 75, your basking temp should be 85 or so.

Don't know about a red bulb -- I used a plain ol' 75-watter in a clip-on in one setup where the UV was in a hood. It raised the temp and sure was cheap.

If you want heat without light, there are ceramic things, as STK has described, I think.
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Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:28 pm

There are infrared red light bulbs i believe which can be used during the night time, it shouldn't disturb their sleeping pattern...and it generates heat as well. I just use a standard 100 watt light bulb and it seems to work fine...I use to buy the UVA Basking tight spot lamps, but they last about just as long, and they cost 7 bucks. But I do have a UVB/UVA flurescet to provide the UV.
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Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:31 pm

Oh, I see what you mean about red bulbs. I just used a regular one and turned it off when I turned off the UV one, for bedtime.

I think in the wild it gets cooler when the sun goes down, so that's how it works in my tanks, too. I just hope I don't have to get more heaters when it really gets to be winter around here.
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:01 am

i have a 60watt regular bulb and a water heater... but not a uv light... anyone know where i can get one and how much they run for??? :?:
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