Hello everybody! Thanks for all of your guys' previous help and knowledge. You all definitely know your stuff!
I have a few questions for ya:
For my ig's (Zero is his name) heating requirements, does it matter which kind of bulb I use? (i.e., flood lamps, 80 watt lamps, etc.) I currently have been using a 100 watt flood lamp that keeps one side of his aquarium at a solid 95 degrees (the other half settles at the low 80's).
I also use a heating pad. My heating pad has a little pad in it to help give out a little humidity. Would this be problem for the ig?
I do use a UVB lamp, which says Desert 7% UVB. How long should it be on during the day?
And lastly, the summers in my poorily insulated apartment can get quite hot. Besides turning on the AC unit for the whole place, is there any way to keep one part of the aquarium cool for the ig to rest?
Post by prism_wolf on Sept 23, 2007 15:24:41 GMT -8
Glad we could help!
Nope...doesn't matter what you use to provide overheat heat...as long as it produces light, too. I use regular house bulbs for the most part. For the big enclosure I have to use floods. It would get to hot in an aquarium for something of flood caliber, however.
Leave off the heat pad. This is great for winter supplementation, but not necessary for summer. You can offer moisture/humidity other ways. Misting, baths, some even like showers.
All lights should be on a set schedule. Using timers is the best way to do that. I would go crazy without mine. You can set them an a 10/14, 11/13, 12/12. No less than 10 on - no more than 12. I keep mine on a 12/12 all year, but a lot of folks also follow the light cycles a little closer than that and go to the 10/14 during winter. If I did that I would never be able to interact with anyone...
Since the cooler end should be somewhere in the 70-75 degree range...you may just need to hurry up and upgrade to something larger that allows more distance between the basking end and the cool end. There's not many other options. Aquariums hold in heat too well.
Thanks a lot, prism! I plan on updating my tank this upcoming december, so I'm sure I will be ready for the summer. Oh, do you, by chance, know of a website that gives great idea for building an iguana cage? I am way too poor to afford pre-built ones of the magnitude that my iguana will need.
Post by prism_wolf on Sept 23, 2007 16:22:25 GMT -8
Have you looked in the housing section here? There's some really good ideas from some of our members. I've got a few more to add to the thread I just got permission to use earlier today. Imageshack is being awful tonight, though. Can hardly upload anything!