Post by thelmuffinman on Aug 16, 2008 5:50:29 GMT -8
So the past couple of weeks I've been slowly but surely working on the new terrarium for my iguanas. The terrarium is coming along well at 6 feet high, 4 feet wide, and a little over 2 feet deep. I've built the cage to accept a removable divider in the middle so the two don't get too overwhelmed. My idea was to get a few corner shelves and put them in both back corners, creating two basking spots, one for each ig. Right now I've got the standard daylight bulb and night time bulb which obviously will not suffice. Distance from the basking spot isn't anything to worry about right yet since I can still position the light(s) and platforms where ever. Now, I guess the question is, one EB 60 watt isn't going to be enough will it? In other words, I'll need one for each backing spot. And aside from running these two (assuming that's what needs to be done) there won't be any other lights to run during the day, correct? Sorry if I seem noobish, I've never done any of this before and am learning fast. Thanks Iguana Zone!
Post by thelmuffinman on Aug 16, 2008 5:58:40 GMT -8
A few more questions, can iguanas have too much uvb, and if so, will two of these lights provide too much? Should I go with two of the "low" version. My iguanas haven't had much uvb due to money problems and obviously that needed to be taken care of. My last question is I have a hood with a fluorescent bulb, I used it for my turtle. Will it hurt or help to even run this thing until my mega rays get here? Should I run to the store and grab a better tube? It's the 17w lol www.aqueonproducts.com/products/fluorescent-lamps-and-starters.htm . Thanks again guys!
I hate to tell you, but that entire cage is only (barely) big enough for one iguana. When you put the divider in, they will only be 2ft square by 6ft high! Not nearly big enough!
And the bulb you listed is nothing but a visually color enhancing bulb and does not produce UVB light. Which, by the way, the turtles need as well.
I know, I haven't made the divider yet and this cage is their new outdoor enclosure, sorry didn't mention that, the indoor is still their primary home which I also plan on replacing when they get bigger.. I was going to put the bas8king spots in and see if my igs would stay across the cage from one another, not that it matters because they are pretty friendly with each other. I don't have the turtle any more and I went and got a UVB tube today, so no need to worry about that. So what do you think about the lighting options, will one MR suffice?
You will definitely need one MR for each spot. I strongly disagree with housing multiple igs. Especially when you don't know what sex they are yet. Even two females WILL have a dominant one. I housed two females successfully. As far as we knew (the person who surrendered them) assured me they were clutch-mates...and they may well have been...and fortunately they were both female...BUT...they need their individual space. Each one having a complete and separate basking area to themselves and having enough room for them to get away from each other. My enclosure was a pre-made one from Cages By Design that was kindly donated - but I would suggest NO SMALLER than that cage at 8'L x 6'T x 4'D.
You can see in the picture they each had one spot. The dominant one had the higher spot...period. If the other one tried for it she was chased off. We affectionately named them "The Psycho Sisters". They certainly lived up to their name... ;D. The girl in the second picture on the bottom rock...she was just chillin' in one of the cooler gradient areas. Her spot is shown in the first pic with the second set of lights - MR EB and the heat lamp.
And on the other hand, I have 3 Igs and Venus the oldest is the most dominant, as well as extremely agressive towards Angus and Iggy therefore have never interacted with them. She could probably bite there heads off . Iggy and Angus tolerate each other for very small periods of time, but in the past Iggy (female) has attacked Angus (male) a few times. So it could go either way. You can try it, but the chances of being successful are very slim.
Post by thelmuffinman on Aug 21, 2008 8:54:26 GMT -8
What beautiful cage Veronica! Thanks to both you and jfogle for all the info on keeping them together. I may go another route and sell or donate the outdoor cage I've just built and just start a larger one. Right now, the two are in seperate homes and I think it would be best if the majority of their time was spent that way. Thanks for the answers on the MR as well. I've got much thinking to do...
Post by prism_wolf on Aug 21, 2008 19:36:35 GMT -8
Think away...and ask when you think of sumpin' more!!
I am grateful for the wonderful people who donated that cage. The iguana who lived there had died 2 weeks vefore they were to recieve his new and improved CBD. His picture sits inside the enclosure now where my male resides. The "Psycho Sisters" now live in a sanctuary happy and healthy...:-)