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Discussion in 'Heating, Lighting & UV' started by atory, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. atory

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    Hi guys,

    I'm upgrading the lighting on my tank and trying to decide which products to buy. I'm running a 6ft x 2ft tank.
    I have seen posted previously that people have 2 x UVB fluoro's over their tank. I was wondering if this is a necessity as I am also wanting to run the tropical fluoro therefore I would need to purchase 2 x double reflectors. I have purchased the 125w solar glo sun simulating bulb and cage to suspend over the dock so would it be overkill to run 2 x UVB fluro's over the entire length of the tank or would 1 be sufficient?

    I'm considering the aqua one LED reflectors vs the aqua one fluoro glow double reflectors. The LED reflector fits 13w T8 LED tubes, is this acceptable lighting vs a 10.0 fluoro?

    I hope my questions make sense.
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Aussiepride83

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    My biggest concern is your tank is too small. Could you possibly upgrade to a 3 or 4ft tank?
     
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  3. Craig

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  4. atory

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    Hi Kev,
    My tank is 6ft in length, I think you may have missed that part.
    Any advice on the lighting?
    Ash
     
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    Sorry, for some reason I read that your tank was only 2ft. ROTFL
     
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  6. Craig

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    Hi Ash,

    You should have UVB 10.0 lights running the full length of the tank. In your case the best thing for you to do is to have at least 1 double 4ft reflector and a double 2ft reflector. That way you can run a 4ft 10.0 UVB reptile light and a 4ft full spectrum light in the 6500 Kelvin colour temperature range for your plants as well as a 2ft 10.0 UVB reptile light and a 2ft full spectrum light in the 6500 Kelvin colour temperature range, the full length of your tank.
     
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    Hi Craig, I've read that UVB 10.0 is very strong and the AFT care guide seems to recommend 10.0 strength for turtles. I think I remember Kev mentioning a 15cm distance from dock to light in another post (apologies if I've misinterpreted, feel free to correct if I'm wrong).
    I've read on another website that having a 10.0 globe this close to a docking area may be too much for turtles, but is this actually correct? I had already purchased a 10.0 globe to replace my 5.0 but after reading up on it I'm trying to figure out if I need to switch back. Would appreciate some advice. :)
     
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    Hi @Eleshia, you definitely don't want a UVB 5.0 fluoro tube, it's not strong enough. Turtles bask in the mid-morning and late afternoon sun, therefore, how could a man-made UVB 10.0 fluoro lamp be too strong for turtles?? Whoever told you that; doesn't have a clue what they're talking about, that advice, (to use a UVB 5.0 instead) is ridiculous. AFT recommends using a high quality UVB 10.0 fluorescent tube for turtles such as the following to prevent common captive conditions such as shell-rot, calcium deficiency syndrome, soft-shell and metabolic bone disease.

    Zoomed Reptisun 10.0
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    Exo-Terra Repti-Glo 10.0
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    You must use fluoro type tubes NOT compact fluoro lamps.

    The following is essential reading Quick Reference Guide :arrowright: How To Set Up An Aquarium For Turtles and Feeding Guide
     
  9. Eleshia

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    Thanks very much Kev, I'll let the aquarium shop know I'm keeping the 10.0!
    I have a fluorescent tube Reptiglo one just like the photo.
     
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    That's great, make sure that the surface of the tube is no more than 15cm from the surface of the water.
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    Replace the tube every 6 months. This is easy to remember by sticking a yellow post-it-note with the month of replacement (6 months from the time of purchase) on the note and sticking it on the reflector.
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