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    EWD Lighting UVA/UVB/Basking etc

    Hey guys,
    Im sure this question has been answered a multitude of times, but I cant find it on the forum -
    so apologies for asking again!
    This might seem like a stupid question - so please bear with me, Im still a newbie
    Please can someone break down for me the difference between UVA & UVB, and do EWD need both, or is a simple tropical fluro UVB tube ok for them?
    Also the basking light.....is that the same as the UVA/UVB thing?

    I have asked Totally Reptiles, Amazing Amazon, Pet Barn & Best Friends Pets, and all of them are lovely but direct me to a product - which is great, but I would like to understand what Im looking for so I can make an informed decision, if I need to buy a tube and theres no one to ask.

    Appreciate your time and patience, and knowledge

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    Hi Katy, there are multiple versions of UV. There is UVA,UVB and UVC. But you only need to worry about the first 2 and both are available in 1 lamp. So what you want is a 10UV flouro tube.
    No, heat lamps do not provide UV so you need 2 fittings to supply your water dragons with what they need.
    Unfortunately there is no cheap option with UV, you pretty much need to buy them from pet shops BUT heat lamps you can get cheap from Bunnings. We use Philips spot lamps which cost about $7 for 2 globes, depending on the size of your enclosure you might need to experiment with wattages. I would suggest getting 40W,60W and maybe 75W if your enclosure is large.Here are some pics of lamps,20190216_170833.jpg of course if your enclosure is large enough you can use UV flouro tubes instead of compacts
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    Thats everything I was looking for!
    Thank you so much, its so hard to know exactly whats what!
    I have a ceramic heat bulb and a 24 in fluro tube - the Arcadia 6% UVB - D3 Reptile Lamp, and its over 6 months old, so I was going to replace it
    Today we bought the Exo Terra 18w UVB 100, and there are charts and graphs but they dont make that much sense.
    Its apparently the Tropical lamp, which is great......and well expensive!

    My Dragons are about a year old now, and they are indoors in a 1200 x 50 x 60 tank - they will be going outdoors eventually, just wanting to ensure they aren't either char-coaled or porridge-boned in the meantime!

    thank you so much

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    Good move replacing the old UV as they only last about 6 months.
    The ceramic heat (CHE) is good for night time heat ,especially winter if needed but you really need a heat lamp which looks like the sun ( a bright white light) for natural behaviour.
    If you're happy with a lower output UV you could get your local tradie outlet to order in "Sylvania Reptistar" these only come in about 5UV but are half the price of petshops.
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    ok cool, so is the fluro tube UVB and the bright white light is for basking?
    So essentially there should be 3 bulbs? - the heat, the fluro tube (for UVb) and a white light (for basking?)? Just clarifying for my own brain lol
    thank you as well - this info is GOLD
    even in the little handbook for Keeping EWD and the two husbandry guides online - it still doesn't lay it out clear enough!

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    You only need 2 lights;1 for heat/light and 1 for UV.
    The ceramic isn't necessary unless you have really cold temps,I'm not sure what Melbourne gets to on winter nights but we had a forum a few years back where it was decided that unless it gets to less than 13C INSIDE your house night heat wasn't necessary.
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    I'm in the process of setting up something for an EWD and having the same issues with lighting.
    So these bulbs that say UVb also produce UVa?
    What's the diff between a 10.0 and 5.0 UVb. I've read I need 5 for an EWD?
    Is a black light ok for nights?
    I'm thinking of making it 1500 x 600 x 1500. With this height would heating/ UV be an issue for the lower parts. If so would a vertical UV flouro down a side assist?

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    Yes UV globes produce UVA and UVB
    10 UV is basically for desert creatures and 5 UV is for tropical creatures, so yes 5UV for your EWD.
    Night light is not needed, dragons should have a natural photoperiod which means normal night and day.
    That sounds like a good size for a young EWD, are you planning on a pond at the bottom? Also think of how big it will be at full grown? Maybe a 1600x600x1600 would be a better size in the long run ( I have frillies in this size)
    I think a heat lamp and UV at the top should be fine, you might have to experiment with different globes to get your heat right but vertical flouro's don't work as they burn out at the bottom very quick.
    Hope this helps , don't be afraid to come back for more discussion and sharing ideas. We love all dragons ( and other reptiles ) here
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    Hey mate,
    You'll find with the correct vent placement, heating the enclosure won't be a problem.

    My enclosure was 1200 x 900 x 900, I had one larger vent in the roof, 3 smaller ones on the opposite side lower down.
    This drew fresh air in from the side vents, and vented out the top of the enclosure, made for a nice temp gradient, so they could choose where they wanted to situate themselves to control their body temp.
    Having your UVB near the basking spot means they're getting both UVB and heat, which is fine. I only ran the 1 UVB for the enclosure, rarely found they were down the bottom other than to go for a bit of a swim.

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