Lighting for my turtles

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chgojack
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Will the fluorescent light light I have on my 55 gal aqaurium be enough light for my Red Ears?
deesygirl
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Is it a UV bulb? Zoo-med makes a great bulb that fits into the floresent holder in your tanks light fixture. I would check them out.
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Make sure it is UVB and not just UVA. They need the UVB to convert vitamin D.
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UVB lights are crucial and will probably provide enough light for the tank. However, they also do not provide heat, so you need a heat source for your turtles as well for the basking area. It can be a regular lightbulb or a basking light. The heat is necessary both for proper digestion and so the UVB rays from the UVB light can be converted into Vit. D3. If you want to spend more money, you can get a combination UVA/UVB mercury vapor light, which does the work of the two lights. Basking area should be 85-90 degrees F.
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Wow! Thanks for all the good information.
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