ESU Reptile Super UV Coil Lamp

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shortstack1277
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Sun Dec 07, 2003 2:50 pm

I bought the ESU Reptile Super UV Coil Lamp the other day. It\'s 20 watts and says it gives optimal amounts of UVB and UVA. I haven\'t seen my turtle basking in it yet and it\'s been 4 days now. She acts normal and chows down her food. Does anyone know if this is the right lighting for her? She\'s under a year old.
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Mon Dec 08, 2003 11:05 am

I have the same lamp but I also use a heat lamp along with since it doesn\'t give off enough heat. Are you just using that as the basking lamp? I heard turtles will only bask under a light if it\'s in the 80 degree or higher range..
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Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:14 pm

I was thinking about buying a heat lamp. I had a feeling it was because the light wasn\'t giving enough heat.

Now when I buy the heat lamp, I\'m going to position it above my turtles rock. Is it ok to have the Super UV Coil Lamp positioned above the swimming area?
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Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:17 pm

I read somewhere that UV rays can go through water. I have my basking light and the UV light setup right next to each other. The basking light is above the rock and the UV light hangs over the rock and the water. I always thought it was better to have the light on one end and have it darker in the other in case the turtles want a cool place to hideout.
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Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:03 pm

Hey that\'s a good Idea you got there, setting the two lights next to each other.
Thanks so much for your help. =)
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Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:10 am

no problem. hope your turtles are happy.
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Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:10 am

My turtle sure is happy now. =)
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:41 pm

I have the ESU coil lamp and a regular lightbulb for heat positioned next to each other over the basking area as well. To be effective a conventional UVB light should be no further than 12 inches away from the turtle (and water does filter out UVB rays). Six to eight inches is best. Basking area should be 85-90F. Water temp should be 7-10 degrees cooler.

If it get\'s really cold in the room your turtle is in, you could use a red heat lamp instead of the lightbulb/regular basking lamp. It can be kept on 24/7 without disturbing your turtle\'s sleep cycle.
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