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Lack of outdoor time

Discussion in 'Heating, Lighting & UV' started by Amy-Leigh, May 15, 2018.

  1. Amy-Leigh

    Amy-Leigh Juvenile Turtle

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    Hi guys Daniel here, this was typed on a phone so please excuse the grammar and the odd auto ducking correct. :p


    Amy and I are a bit concerned that our two little guys aren't getting enough outdoor time due to the fact that we both leave for work at 7-8 in the morning and before that it is cold and almost dark outside. Same goes for when we get home.

    They get weekend time, but I don't think this is enough.

    We are talking about setting up an indoor tanning salon for them using a MVB bulb as I understand these have heat and UVB . This way they can get their sun time without getting them or me frost bite.

    Does anyone have a similar setup or some guidance on this ? I know that we can't really replicate the sun, but if it can help them I am willing to try.
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    Hi Daniel, use the MVB on a Zoo Med Reptile Lamp stand and a wire cage clamp lamp at a minimum 30cm away from your turtle. A large container that they cannot escape from is important but it must be large enough so as to provide a cool and and the warm basking end. As a substrate for the container you can use an old tea towel or bath towel.

    Zoo Med Reptile Lamp Stand.jpg
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  3. Amy-Leigh

    Amy-Leigh Juvenile Turtle

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    Thanks Craig, any benefit to actually having a substrate of sand or grass ? I don't mind putting in the the work to set this up so any suggestions are welcome. :):swimmingturtle:
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    The sand will get too hot and if your turtle urinates or defacates it will be very messy to clean up. So no, both are unnecessary.