Post by greenfixed on Aug 22, 2006 20:23:02 GMT -8
I am a little worried about this upcoming winter(my first with Tiriki) Will heat lamps be enough UVA/UVB for her? I am using T-REX Active and am waiting for new Mega-Ray bulb but I currently take her out as the weather is warm..I just don't want her to develop problems as she is doing so well right now..Any advice is appreciated...grrenfixed
Last winter I moved from southern California to Northern Ohio. I had switched to the MegaRays the previous year and already knew how well my iguanas were doing and how much more they enjooyed basking under those lights. But when I decided I was going to move North, I also bought a SolarMeter 6.2 to be sure that all my bulbs were emitting UVB since I was going to have to depend on them totally during the winter. The MegaRays did excellent all winter and still going strong. I love the peace of mind I have now with the meter.
Depending on how warm you keep your house and how insulated your enclosure is, you may need to add supplemental heat. You don't need to buy expensive heat bulbs though. You can use regular incandescent bulbs or flood lights in the day and/or CHE for both day and night. The wattage will depend on the above conditions. Invest in some quality digital thermometers and place them in key spots so you know if you need to increase or decrease it. And you can also invest in some quality rheostats or thermostats to help control heat. Another handy device is a non-contact thermometer like the TempGun Reptile UV sells. You can double check your temps and also check the temperature of your iguana.
Post by greenfixed on Aug 23, 2006 15:43:29 GMT -8
Thank you so much for the peace of mind! Her cage is pretty easily kept at 88-95 on the hot end and 79-85 on the cool side. I do have two heat lamps, one a red heat bulb and a ceramic for back up on cool nights. This has worked wonderfully so far and I plan on adding some insulation(styrofoam) walls to the outside when it gets really cold. She is going to be so mad when I can't take her out though!! Usually the room she is kept in is warm in winter and I have free heat in our apartment. Thanks again for the advice!
Post by greenfixed on Aug 23, 2006 15:47:39 GMT -8
Marie -sorry I forgot to tell you that I have a digital thermometer on hot and cold sides as well as two little stick on themometers on the hot and cool sides (back) And I have already been scoping out that UVB meter, but the reptile shelter I volunteer at said they will check my bulbs for me too..Thanks again