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Empty Cage Syndrome


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Posted by ETChipotle on May 15, 2003 at 00:03:03:

Hello, Newbie here...
I've been preparing a 90 gallon aquarium for habitation by collared lizards.

I built an odd steel frame top that supports a dropped flourescent fixture, and has widely varying door sizes. The fixture will have two Reptisun 5.0 36" bulbs in it, and will probably be raised a little higher than it shows in the picture.

I put in some sand and bricks that will hold up basking rocks (to prevent collapses) which I don't have yet. I also don't have basking lights and fixtures. My plan is to use one X10 module to turn on and off the UVB lights on a schedule, a second one to turn on and off the basking lights on a slightly different schedule, and perhaps a third module to run night heat lamps if necessary.

I found X10 modules to be much more reliable at turning on and off lights for animals that I am myself.

I'm experimenting with posting pictures, so just in case, the URL's are below. The pictures at the following links show a little bit of the goofy top and flourescent fixture (hanging a little too low, I need to shorten the chain), along with sand up to the top of the bricks.

http://members.tripod.com/ETChipotle/reptile/cage1.jpg
http://members.tripod.com/ETChipotle/reptile/cage2a.jpg

My shipment of UVB bulbs and high range thermometers should be here soon so I can start testing and tweaking.

I'm impressed by the pictures I'm seeing of all the beautiful Collared Lizards. It probably won't be long and I'll be ready to get some of my own...

I've appreciated being able to read your posts and learn about this stuff before I go out and get one. Thanks Y'all!



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