Post by MasterYoda on Mar 27, 2007 21:12:08 GMT -8
is he able to climb to the branch OK just wondering if it is hanging how he climbs to it. What I would do if i were you is put the UV lamp at the back side of the cage and then build a shelf about 8 inches below the top of the cage It doesn't have to be an elaborate shelf just a plank on some El cheepo shelf brackets or something and then use his branch as a way for him to climb to it
Here just like this if you set it up this way he can be closer to the UVB and have a way to get away from the heat if need be and get plenty of exercise
Good diagram - and easy to follow. Placement of the lights is really important. You have to have the temp gradients and where the lights are in the pictures doesn't allow for that. As for your temps...you need to get a thermometer before 2 weeks is up. This is one of the critical aspects of keeping an ig. There are 3 critical areas: diet, UVB and temperatures. If any one of these is missing, or not optimal, then the other two critical areas also suffer. They all work in conjunction with each other. Is there any way you can swing $20?
Post by prism_wolf on Mar 28, 2007 10:57:20 GMT -8
Iguanaman...if you can't swing it...you can't swing it. You're doing really good with what you have so far. Those things are critical...but I don't want you stressing over getting that thermometer. That's not what we want to do here. Just as soon as you get the cash...put this on the top of your list...:-)
Post by MasterYoda on Mar 28, 2007 11:32:03 GMT -8
I dont use the digital thermometers I would like to but I havent been able to spare the money for one yet, I went to wal mart and bought two good ol trusty analog thermometers with the red stuff in them for 95 cents each and they work fine maybe not as acurate as the digital by a half a degree or so and they dont give me humidity readings but they do the job to make sure i am in or arround the right range.
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Post by iguanaman23 on Mar 28, 2007 13:35:24 GMT -8
yoda thats a nice view on how to do it im going to make it like that in a while but for now i got a 7 inch tall block of wood and a i have a little 3 inch tall piece of carbored box filled with newspapers for supports and it cant fall its real sturdy
Post by MasterYoda on Mar 28, 2007 13:51:12 GMT -8
That sounds good I know how it is when your on a bit of a budget. Hell when incomtaxes come in i feel like i have won the lottory. And sometimes you have to work with what you have available. This is the same reason that I havent got a digital thermometer yet lol
Post by prism_wolf on Mar 28, 2007 15:09:23 GMT -8
How do you know the other thermometers are good within 1/2 a degree or so? I may have to do some CSI stuff on those...;-) Just "being around the right range" could mean you really have readings of say only 89. This is the difference between what's needed and what's almost there. Give me a few days to pick one up and test it. I'm working another 12 hour day today so the lights will be out when I get home.
Post by MasterYoda on Mar 28, 2007 17:57:05 GMT -8
well Veronica I cant guarantee that they are actually off by a half a degree but I worked at the feed store we sold chicken incubators and we also incubated in store the sales reps and the guys that came arround to chech our scales and equipment told us that the most accurate way to tell temps were by using analog thermometers instead of digital because digital thermometers have a tendancy to come out of calibration too easily and the bad thing about that is that many of the digital thermometers that you purchase have no way to recalibrate or even tell if they have come out of calibration, without using an analog thermometer to test it. And they used analog thermometers to test our digital thermometers that we did use to to make sure they were reading correctly. Now when i say analog I dont mean the ones that have a spring in them they suck. I am talking about the ones that use mercury or the red fluid.
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Go outside get a nice thick branch, clean it up good, screw it to both ends of the cage, make a ramp and there you go for now. Or actually when you get the cash look into "Wire Closet Shelving". I use it its great stuff iguana's can climb it very easily.