Post by nathanieldodge on Jul 30, 2008 6:01:52 GMT -8
Hey everyone, first post to Iguana Zone - although I've been reading for quite some time. I'm a reef and former iguana junkie. I just moved from a home in GA to a small apartment in Tampa, FL. As a poor college guy, my dream 120 gallon reef has been postponed and my girlfriend talked me into getting an iguana. I started out with a 2 month old, and just procured a tame (well mostly ) male iguana (Riko/Apollo - not sure which to go with) about 1.5yrs old.
Up until this point I have been using a 150 watt 10,000k Metal Halide for warmth and light. Now that I have gotten Riko/Apollo, I have upgraded both to a much larger cage, but based on the igs appetite, I don't think this bulb is cutting it for heat anymore. My plan is to order a 400w metal halide, as this lamp will radiate much more heat.
My question is, will the metal halide bulbs give off enough UVA and UVB rays for my igs. I want them to be happy and healthy, and money is not a question here. Are metal halides an acceptable source for uva and uvb radiation?
Metal halides, while great for growing plants (and aquatic algaes), do not emit UVB radiation which is what you need. What you need is a MegaRay from www.ReptileUV.com. State of the art in UVB lamps. Am I understanding that you are keeping the two igs together? Thats a really bad idea particularly considering the age difference.