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    T5 and new viv setup

    Hi folks
    I'm setting up a new viv for our pigmy
    Its 1000x 500x 500
    Looking at getting the T5 hood and 10.0 tube in a 92cm to cover the whole viv
    I can either set it up with or without the screen in between
    My question is
    Without the screen would be my preferance what would the minimum distance my dragon should be from the light
    I will be building multiple ledges on his back wall as well as a basking spot
    Second question is
    For a viv this size would stepping up to a 150 watt basking and 150 watt CHE be advisable planing on mounting inside the screen with dome reflectors
    It drops below 18 degrees here inside hence the CHE
    I will be using a Microclimate prime 2 to run the system
    Thanks for reading and any advice appreciated

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    hello and welcome to the forum,you're right : don't use the screen it reduces the amount of UV.Minimum distance is about 30cm.
    No need for such huge lights,my pygmies only have 60W globes in cold weather (40W in summer)with no reflector domes,the enclosures are 120x60x60 with a divider in the middle so 60x60x60 each with a heat globe at each end.
    This gives me max temps of 43C at the basking spots.
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    I really don't see the need for a CHE unless your Pygmy is young and your trying 2 stop it brumating for its first winter.

    I have 2 CHE's sitting in my cupboard which have never been used

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    Thanks Dragon
    Interesting to hear you use no night heat especially in the Mountians
    We are in Campbelltown and over nights do drop very low
    This winter I will watch to see how low the ambient temps actually get around his enclosure
    We have had our pigmy 2 months now and he is 6 months old so yes I would prefer him not to brumate this winter

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    Thanks alot Dragonlover
    Our current enclosure is 600x450x450 and currently run a 100 watt white basking without a dome and a CHE set to 22 degrees both are on thermostats along with a T8 reptisun 10.0 which covers the whole tank all inside the screen
    It would seem from what your saying 100 watt would be more than enough for my new set up bearing in mind it will be 1 whole enclosure
    Now you have me thinking about split enclosures and a second dragon lol
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samoya View Post
    Now you have me thinking about split enclosures and a second dragon lol
    Cheers
    dragons are very addictive,you can't stop at 1
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