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    Rescue Beardie

    Hey fellow beardie lovers. Iíve just signed up and am keen to get into sorting out a lovely home for my newly acquired friend. He was a rescue and has come with nothing. Just purchased a Exo Terra Light Dome (Aluminum UV Reflector Lamp) and a Exo Terra 25w UVB200 globe. Originally I got the 13w but figured weíre going to be putting him into a fairly large enclosure so the extra power could work.

    Atm were orginasing a second ceramic fitting to house the basking light (currently using a small halogen and providing sunlight for as long as possible). Iíve been reading up and have come to the assumption that I can use flood lights for the basking light (75W - 100W) most likely.

    My really question is about a done... can a aluminium dome be used with a flood lamp or is it to relfective (cause heat spots, burns etc)? Or can I get away with just hanging the globe? Or is it better with a dome? Or am I completely purchasing the wrong things?

    Been told heís between 1 and 2 years of age.

    Give me input. Thanks

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    Hey Beardieman, welcome to the forum and congrats on taking on a rescue. The dome is a good thing, I use them in some of my glass enclosures. Now depending on the size of your enclosure is what size globe you need ? A lot of us use the Philips spot lamps available from 40-100W. I use 40W in my 60cm pygmy enclosures . Some of my central beardies have a 75W spot in a 120X60x60 and some of my centrals have a 125W MVB in 120X70X60. (These are all wooden) So as you can see there are many variables.It is very hard to make a hard and fast rule as it depends on your enclosure and also your location.I am in Sydney so I hope this gives you some ideas. Please let us know how you go and send us some pics of your setup. Good luck with your adventure.
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    Thanks for the reply’s so quickly. So probably going to creat a wooden enclosure which would be 120 - 150 x 50 - 60 x 50 - 50.

    Is a aluminium reflector on a flood globe safe to use for a basking spot? Or to reflective? It’s a max dome of 25w Fluro or 75w incandescent. Because I will keep the dome and just buy a philips 75w flood to use in the reflector... then return the UVB200 and get a t8 10.0 Fluro.

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    if you're making a wooden enclosure then you don't need a dome
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    So we’ve decided on white melamine and we’re going to be making it 1500 x 500 x 500mm. Got a 18w 10.0uvb tube and still a 75w flood. Thinking maybe we’re going to have to add a second flood to bring the temp up. We also have 2 100mm round vents on either side of the enclosure.

    Just waiting on the glass I’ve ordered which will be sliding at the front and we’re going to add a hinged door into the roof.

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    I have 3x melamine enclosures 1200x600x600 and run a single 60w spot this time of year and 75w when it cools down ,have no problems maintaining temps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardieman View Post
    So we’ve decided on white melamine and we’re going to be making it 1500 x 500 x 500mm. Got a 18w 10.0uvb tube and still a 75w flood. Thinking maybe we’re going to have to add a second flood to bring the temp up. We also have 2 100mm round vents on either side of the enclosure.

    Just waiting on the glass I’ve ordered which will be sliding at the front and we’re going to add a hinged door into the roof.
    the lights sound fine but I wouldn't add a door in the roof, not only will it let out heat but it will scare your dragon as "the big scary hand from the sky" most reptiles are freaked out by this,if you come from the front it is less confronting
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    Awesome. So we will run the lights and check temps etc, hopefully get away with it.

    As for the roof we havnt made a roof yet so we can leave that out of the design. Was thinking for just another access point, but itís fine to leave it. If itís really going to be a issue for him.

    Also the distance the uvb should be away from him? I was going to mount it near the top so roughly 400 - 450mm away from floor and obviously slightly to the center of enclosure.

    Now to find things to deck out the enclosure. What greenery would people recommend? Can we add succulents etc or is that a no no

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    Would also like to keep things as natural as possible inside his enclosure. Sand and logs etc. Is there any specific types of logs and mulch I can use?

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