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New Exo Terra 80w Self Ballasted now available

Discussion in 'Amazing Amazon Product Sales & Discussion' started by AMAZING AMAZON, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. AMAZING AMAZON

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  2. Craig

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    I reckon they would be perfect for turtles too Paul! Especially during Spring and Summer, as well as for above hospital containers when they're undergoing treatment.

    The wire cage clamp lamps are also what I've always used and are highly recommended!
     
  3. Floater

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    I'm looking at upgrading my current UV bulb and Basking bulb above my turtles dock to a single MV bulb. I'll need a new lamp fitting as well.

    Do the 80w MV bulbs produce so much heat that you can't use a lamp fitting such as https://www.amazingamazon.com.au/heat-lamp-reflector.html with a reflector?

    I'd rather have a reflector/shade so that it doesn't light up the whole room.
     
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    I've used that exact reflector with an 80 Watt MVB. On very hot days the self ballast cuts the light out intermittently.
     
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  5. Floater

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    Thanks Craig.

    Does Amazing Amazon cover MV bulbs that break in transit? I want to order a bulb and a reflector but concerned about breakages...
     
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    Yes they do.
     
  7. Aussiepride83

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    You only want the MVB lamp on for about an hour/day anyway, using a programmable timer is the best option to have the lamp come on and off at the same time every day. They're too expensive to run all day every day. In spring and summer, it'd be ideal to have it on for an hour in the morning, say from 9-10am and then again in the evening from 2-3pm. In autumn and winter, just once/day for an hour around midday, 12:30 - 1:30pm

    If you want to have a basking lamp on for longer, use an Exo-Terra Swamp basking heat lamp in the 75 watt size. I use both these lamps over my basking docks but for only a couple of hours/day.

    My basking lamp setup...

    75Watt Exo-Terra Swamp basking lamp.
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    125 watt Exo-Terra Solar Glo MVB.
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    75 watt Exo-Terra Swamp basking spot light inside the Exo-Terra porcelain reflector.
    https://www.amazingamazon.com.au/clamp-lamp-exo-terra.html
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    Notice the 125 watt Exo-Terra Solar-Glo MVB lamp is in a wire cage to allow sufficient air flow and cooling. It's also essential to use the Zoo med adjustable lamp stand pictured here with the MVB lamps as they need to be positioned substantially higher than your average basking lamp.
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    The Zoo med adjustable lamp stand can be found here...
    https://www.amazingamazon.com.au/zoo-med-reptile-lamp-stand.html

    Aim for a basking temperature of 30°-34°C.
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    Turtle tank lighting setup.
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    Amazing Amazon in Melbourne are very good with their packaging and shipping. I've ordered plenty of lighting from them from fluoro tubes right down to replacement UV globes for my Aqua One Nautilus 2700 canister filter. Never had a damaged or broken lamp yet and I live over 1,500km away in QLD.
     
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  8. Floater

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    Thanks for the information, I've decided to make an acrylic above tank basking area (basically a 3 sided box with a ramp). So will re-evaluate the lighting situation when I have it, to make the best use of space etc.
     
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    @Scott, have you created your basking area and what did you decide for your lighting setup?

    @Aussiepride83 , you mentioned you only have your basking spot on for a few hours/day. Is it recommended to only have it on for a few hours? I have a Swamp glo 100w in a Large reflector (I need to get my reflector closer to my dock, current temp avg is 26°C) I also have Zoo Med T5 UV globes running across the whole tank. Both run for about 12 hrs/day. Any suggestions or changes I should make?


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  10. Aussiepride83

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    Hi, in my opinion you have your porcelain clamp lamp positioned wrong. To be using a 100 watt basking lamp and only have a 26° temp on your basking area is like burning $$$. I achieve 30°+ with a 50-75 watt swamp bulb.
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    Clamp it vertically to the tank like this.
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    It only needs to be on for 2 hours mid morning then for another hour late in the evening. Definitely not all day.
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    Thanks Kev, I've changed my setup accordingly.