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    Dr. Drake's New Crib.

    Hello!

    I recently purchased a large wooden enclosure (1.8900900) that I want to setup for the doctor. My thoughts so far:

    After a thorough clean with a bleach solution.

    Mostly sand floor with a few concrete pavers up one end.

    Close off under the platform to create a hide.

    Widen the ramp and surface it (and the platform) with something??

    Right side hot with a 100w mercury vapour UVA/B lamp

    Left side cold standard daytime reptile bulb.

    I'll get a hammock or structure of some sort for him to climb.

    Small basking light on top of platform (that won't heat the cold side up too much would it?)

    For winter I'll probably have to add a ceramic heater on a thermostat for those cooler nights.

    Any input appreciated 😁
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    If it's that big I'd suggest the opposite, Put a 125-150W MVB over the left shelf and a 4' (120cm) flouro in the centre.So basically make the shelf end the hot spot
    Yes widen the ramp, and you could try something like pond tite or just put glue and sand on the ramp for grip.I'd make little steps covered in glue and sand or use grout. Make it look like natural rocky steps would be great
    Forget about winter heat, beardies like to sleep (brumate) in winter.
    Hammocks seem popular with many people ( and their lizards)
    Good luck with your project and keep us updated, there is nothing like a custom made enclosure because you made it and nobody else has one like yours
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    I thought about putting the MVB on top of the platform but there's only 380mm of head space. Once I hang a fixture plus the bulb won't it be too close?

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    I solved that problem by building a wooden pyramid on 2 of my smaller enclosures and mounting the MVB inside that
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    You could get around the smaller distance by using a simple heat bulb and a uvb tube. I have an enclosure 900 tall too and have an Arcadia T5 14% uvb suspended from the roof of it so it sits at the right distance. I like the thought of MVB but don't like that the heat isn't dimmable, I'm a lazy keeper lol. Dimming thermostats control my temps and I just check them

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