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    Mounting MVB (Newbie)

    Hello all! My first dragon arrives on Thursday so I'm currently setting up the enclosure. It's a 1200x600x600 ReptileOne - annoyingly the distance between floor and ceiling inside the enclosure is only 500mm.

    Pictured is how the MVB (125W SolarGlo) will hang if I use the cable outlets provided. Is this too low? It's just under 30cm from the floor of the cage. Am I better to cut a new hole in the mesh to fit the ceramic socket so it sits higher?

    Also! Am I right to have the bottom vents on the warm side of the vivarium, and the top vents on the cool side?

    Thanks so much!

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    Hi Lilly, your dragon is growing nicely. Has that mesh top have notched circles in it? Even if it doesn't you can cut asmall circle out of it, unscrew the top part of the light fitting from the bottom half and poke the bottom part up through the hole in the mesh and screw the top part from above to the bottom bit

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    hello Lilly, I think your MVB should sit higher than the 60cm roof. I built some of my enclosures 70cm high to fit the MVB because they are so powerful.
    I would put them above the mesh with a hole cut out so all the heat etc. gets through
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    Almost done! So happy with it and can't wait to have our new buddy in there. Just checking temps right now.

    Thanks for your help you two. I decided to buy a dome and put the globe on top of the mesh, but still need to cut a bigger hole. Will do that tomorrow.

    Let me know if anything looks amiss! He/she will be able to hide under the overhang on the rock whilst small, and there's also a half log in there too to hide in :-)

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    A small (to start with) cave of some sort would be nice, as he/she grows you will need a bigger one so don't buy expensive ones, you can make cheap ones from ready meal dishes or pot plant bases, just cut a hole for a doorway
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    Thanks dragonlover, I do have a half log hide in there which is nice and dark inside - so I hope that should give him somewhere to rest?

    I'm struggling with temperatures. Barely getting 30C on the logs. Even sitting my thermometer 15cm from the globe it's only reading 34C. Will be covering the mesh in ply tonight to see if that helps, otherwise will look at mounting the globe back in the tank?

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    As long as the log is long enough and a snug fit it should be good, as they like to feel like they fill their hide so they are safe
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    Settling in :-)

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    9 Days in and our little miss is still very shy. She was out basking fairly regularly until she discovered the greatness of her hide. She now spends all day in it and doesn't come out unless it's for a couple of minutes to poo! I'm feeding her by hand (holding crickets and woodies in tweezers in front of her) as she won't come out to eat.

    I'm wondering if I should stop hand feeding her? I'm a little concerned she could have trouble digesting if she isn't coming out to bask? Thanks guys!

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    I'd remove the hide and force her into the big world. She has had time to work out where everything is and hoomans wont hurt.
    How are the temps now? if it's not hot enough she wont come out to bask
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