Ok, I heard thay are really effective, and sometimes even in southern california its get really cloudy....I've seen sites that show info about em...so where do I buy em, and which one?
Also, I have seen at pet stores large metal cages with white rubber coating that have holes smal enough so he can't get out, and more then big enough. Granted I can just go outside with him on my shoulder like I normally do, but he is quite a handfull, and I would not want him getting hurt.
Post by prism_wolf on Sept 2, 2007 17:05:42 GMT -8
Southern CA has strong UVB even on overcast days. More than many UVB sources can provide at their best. However - merc vapors are an excellent addition when you have your cooler winters and the days you just don't want to go outside with him. He should be pretty big by now. How big has he gotten svl and stl?
There are differences in the merc vapors, so before you decide which one to go with you need to know the differences. There are the UV/heat combos and the low heat high UVB choices. The heat combos are not my favorite choices, but here is a sight that lists the most common brands and how they rate as far as UVB emissions go: www.uvguide.co.uk .
The problems with the UV/heat combos is that when the temps get too hot you have to move the bulb also moving the UVB farther away. This defeats the purpose of the higher UVB output. these bulbs are only under warranty for 6 months, as well. The Mega Ray EB...though more expensive initially...puts out better UVB emissions and is under warranty for a year. It will actually pay for itself in the long run. The UV/heat combo needs replacing every 6 months while the EB needs replacing after a year...often longer if you have a UVB meter.
Go to the UK link listed and look over the bulbs. If you have more questions...definitely post them...:-)
What are the conditions you'll be using it in? Free-roam shelf or enclosure? How big is the enclosure? Any vents nearby? Is he near a window?
The cage is 40" tall 40" wide and 20" Deep, but I wqill be makig na much bigger enclosure, Raz sometimes walks out of his cage for recreation (headbobbing at the covered mirror) So right now the enclosure acts more as a spot ot eat, warm up, and sleep. The log he is on reaches about midway, the cage does have one vent, but that is on the back towards the wall, glass doors.
I'm pretty sure buildign a age will be a better option since the ones avalable for indoors locally are crappy. For outdoors I have considered a large white cage with holes small enough so he cannot escape, metal and coated, normally used for dogs.....not sure just yet, making em out of soft netting could allow him ot escape.
Post by prism_wolf on Sept 13, 2007 15:24:38 GMT -8
Took your time coming back... .
You're right...you need a much larger enclosure...even if he is in it only part of his day and at night.
For an outdoor enclosure...you should have one every bit as big as you would make an indoor enclosure. It would be like you sitting in a wire covered phone booth with no room to move comfortably. Have you looked at the sticky thread in this section of the forum?
How big has he gotten?
If you build the enclosure right you will have very little to worry about. Just check your zipties every time you place him outside. Personal experience on that one!
If you already have an additional heat source you can go for the Mega Ray EB, better uv output. If you only want one bulb to worry about...go with the SB. It's got excellent UV...just not as good as the EB. It's really up to you... ;D.