A new keeper's guide to the Pogona Rankini / Henrylawsoni Dragon

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 Post subject: Heating /Lights
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:19 am 
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We have just got our new Rankin Mushu a few days ago. The shop that sold her to us sent her home with a 25w Zoo Med Basking Spot lamp and a 40w Daylight Blue Zoo Med Reptile bulb to use if the first one wasn't warm enough (vivarium size= 610 x 470 x 380mm). We started off with the 25w spot bulb which she would sit under with her head tilted upwards towards it but the temperature in the vivarium was only about 29c so we tried the 40w daylight bulb which raised the temperature to about 34c and she now lies flat underneath it.

question 1: what are your thoughts on her change in posture relating to the bulb - is one type of bulb preferable to the other?

question 2: moving forward we want to buy a thermostat controller to help keep the temperature in the correct range and to make sure it doesn't drop too low at night in the winter. I'm thinking of buying a habistat controller and a 100w ceramic heat bulb to use at the same time as the basking spot bulb. I'm thinking that the spot bulb will give her the conditions of basking in the sun while the ceramic heat bulb with thermostat will boost the temperature to 34c and help keep it regulated. At night we would switch off the spot lamp and turn down the heat lamp thermostat. Does this sound like a good approach? Is there any benefit to using a high wattage spot lamp with a thermostat to dim it over a ceramic heat lamp?

Many thanks
Simon


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 Post subject: Re: Heating /Lights
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:16 am 
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Hi there,

Sounds like she's definitely feeling the benefit of the warmer light. The temp still seems a little low though. You should be looking for around 38 C, unless the cool zone gets too hot at this temp.

Definitely get a thermostat and when you do try a ZooMed 50W bulb. I'm a big fan of ZooMed basking spots. They have a solid output across the spectrum and all my lizards do well with them. A ceramic and a basking spot sounds a bit much for your viv size though. A 50W with a thermostat should do the job. If your budget will stretch to it look for a Spider Robotics or Helix thermostat. They are incredibly robust and Helix in particular have fantastic after sales service (they will fix stuff for you even after you warranty expires and they really know their hardware).

Lizards tend to prefer an environment that simulates day and night, so something that emits visible light like a basking spot is much better for them than a ceramic, which doesn't emit anything other than heat. If you put your lights on timers you can simulate seasons by having more hours of light in the summer and fewer in the winter.

Hope this helps.

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Mark



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