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Posted by Tracey on May 09, 2003 at 09:11:17:
In Reply to: Beardie Heating... Hmm posted by falias on May 09, 2003 at 03:31:11:
:This is absolutly wrong. I am sure you mean that you want to have only one bulb providing both heat and UV. A normal household bulb does not give UV.
:Yes. You can buy a UVA/UVB basking light in order to provide UV and heat in a 20 gal.
:You can use a house bulb and a reflector for heat, but then you also need a UV bulb. I think this way is probably not the best idea.
:No. You can't use just a household bulb.
The question was for heating the tank, not the UVB source......there is no way you should put a MVB on a 20 gallon tank.....they are too shallow and the bulb too strong for that. On smaller tanks you generally use 2 seperate fixtures, one for heat and one for UVB. There is a new 60 MVB out which is not self ballasted....is expensive because of that.....also it may be still too strong for that small of a tank....
Housedhold bulbs are fine for heat, I've been using them for years now.