New UV light

Daesie11

Chameleon Enthusiast
You may want to add a basking branch up a little higher. It should be about 7-8 inches below the light. And like mentioned above, you'll need more leaf cover anyway so might as well start there!
 

Daesie11

Chameleon Enthusiast
Yes I’m getting more leaves and a dripper today. But is the light in the right position/ is it the right light?
Usually people suggest a T5 not T8 but I'm not sure the difference. @Beman may be able to help when she wakes up.
But the positioning is right but like I said you may need to add a basking branch 7-8 inches below the light, if that's not already the distance you have.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
That light isnt going to cut it if the cage is over 2ft tall.

That light is basically a reptisun T8 5.0.

If you are stuck with that brand, you need "desert" vs "tropical". That will give you a T8 12%/10.0 equivalent, which should be good for a 3ft tall cage, or a very well setup repibreeze XL.
 

Gabriellehernandezxxx

Established Member
That light isnt going to cut it if the cage is over 2ft tall.

That light is basically a reptisun T8 5.0.

If you are stuck with that brand, you need "desert" vs "tropical". That will give you a T8 12%/10.0 equivalent, which should be good for a 3ft tall cage, or a very well setup repibreeze XL.
They do have a desert one, should I return the tropical & get the desert?
 
That light isnt going to cut it if the cage is over 2ft tall.

That light is basically a reptisun T8 5.0.

If you are stuck with that brand, you need "desert" vs "tropical". That will give you a T8 12%/10.0 equivalent, which should be good for a 3ft tall cage, or a very well setup repibreeze XL.
I bought the 10.0 version of that light for my small veiled cage. Also, it had clear plastic over the bulb which I removed (I had read that it can block UVB). I will probably get an Arcadia bulb as a replacement in six months.
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Okay thank you! I’ll be returning mine today and hopefully switching it out for the desert T5HO 6% 5.0 is that correct?

Uhhh, T5 HO 6%/5.0 or T8 12%/10/desert. "zilla" doesnt have T5 HO, they only have T8, in desert and tropical. If you could get a T5 HO Hood that would be awsome, as that is what most are switching to. A T5HO 6% single bulb would give at least 2ft of usable UVB, so they are great for 4ft tall cages.



http://www.lightyourreptiles.com/22-t-5-ho-fixture-high-output-with-arcadia-d3-6-ho-bulb/

https://zoomed.com/t5-reptisun-led-uvb-terrarium-hood/


Or you can buy a arcadia/reptisun 6%/5.0 and pop it into a T5 HO hood:

https://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-Agrobrite-FLT22-Fluorescent-System/dp/B0031CA3OM/
https://www.amazon.com/Sunblaster-904296-NanoTech-Fixture-Reflector/dp/B00AKKUBDQ
 
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Rst_Cham

Chameleon Enthusiast
I think you'd be happier with a T5HO light. I have that exact light on my anole and it's so weak compared to my T5HOs that i have on my chameleon and frogs. I'm going to replace it eventually.
 
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