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    Lightbulb Lighting difficulties

    Hi everyone!

    I got a HID light with my terrarium and itís UVB output is great, but narrow.
    I would like to add a linear t5 light.
    I live in the Netherlands, so the voltage of the Reptisun and Arcadia are not suitable.
    They have 110V and we have 240V.

    I saw that Australia has 230V. What kind of lights do you use? And if they are American, how did you modify them?

    Thank you!

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    I'm in Australia and use Arcadia ProT5. Comes with the reflector and the first bulb in a kit, will just depend on if you can get it in your plug.
    I couldn't find the particular one I wanted here in QLD so ended up shipping two kits up from Victoria, you might need to do the same with contacting some of the bigger reptile places and seeing if they will (or can) order.
    Another option is to research the T5 bulbs you have access to and then look at generic T5 reflectors in your area, as long as they match in length and watts you don't need to use the branded fitting.
    I did because after a day of chasing something locally I cracked the shits with our small city/non-reptile friendly stock and decided it wasn't worth the hassle to save a few bucks lol.

    Let us know how you go, and share some pics. We love pics.

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    Hi Daphne, yes we have the same voltage as you (240V) so we can't use American products either. All the lights used in Australia have to be 240V. As Rendalyn says you can order from Australian stores if you can't find anything locally but you should be able . I know there is a frill neck dragon group on FB that are European based, so they must be able to source quality products.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/295073164021967/ Kraaghagedis (chlamydosaurus kingii ) . 1 of the admin is Dutch so I think she can point you in the right direction
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    Hi Daphne, it's pretty hard to see anything in those tiny pics,did you upload pics using the tree symbol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Hi Daphne, it's pretty hard to see anything in those tiny pics,did you upload pics using the tree symbol?
    I did actually. I downloaden the thumbnails, very clever.
    I'll try again.

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    that's better ,I can see now. Your dragon looks much healthier, keep up the good work. Do you use calcium powder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    that's better ,I can see now. Your dragon looks much healthier, keep up the good work. Do you use calcium powder?
    Thank you! I hope that she will make a full recovery.
    I do use calciumpowder on weekdays and multivitamin on the weekends.
    She eats like a champ, bugs that is, she gives salad the stink eye.
    I try every day, but I don't skip bugs, because she was so skinny.

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    Don't give up on the veg, if she wasn't fed from a young age it might take some time to learn. Here's a useful site http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
    Try using calcium and vitamins on alternate days instead, there is such a thing as calcium overload where the body starts to reject it and then there isn't enough in the system. For instance I use calcium MWF and vitamins TTS and 1 day with no additives at all.
    I don't know if you have them in Holland but Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) are a really good food source as are silkworms, next are superworms (zophobas morio) not to be confused with mealworms or giant mealworms (tenebrio molitor) which are good as a snack but not a regular feed as they are high in fat and chitin.
    If you need any more info don't be afraid to ask, there is always someone here to help.
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    Those are some great suggestions! I'l modify my dusting schedule.
    I will update in a while

    What do you use for greens?

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