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Posted by Tenor Goddess on April 28, 2003 at 12:46:34:
In Reply to: Reptarium posted by kermitslair on April 21, 2003 at 16:48:09:
Generally the consensus on UVB and mesh is that anything under 1/4" thick mesh usually restricts the animal(s) from receiving proper UV radiation. They do get light but like the below post, I'd stick my head in there to get a perspective of how they see from their side of the fence. As far as the actual UV though, many chameleon and iguana keepers will tell you that the apogee reptariums don't let enough UV through to benefit the animal at hand. If you want more details I suggest posting to the iguana forum, the yahoo iguanamail list group and checking the following sites:
www.anapsid.org (you'll have to look around for the specific articles....she has a BUNCH of articles)
Hope this helps.
Oh,and if your concern is getting enough UVB, then just do what I did or something similar. I attached the UV light inside the apogee (I had a 260 apogee model) and cover the outside of the light fixture with the 1/4" mesh wire guage stuff from Home Depot (I recommend the green coated stuff...no problems using that and you don't have to worry about zinc, cadmium or any other of that coated crud coming off). Basically make a shell around the entire light fixture and this keeps the animals from touching the light(s) to get burned but gives them great UV output.
Amanda & the Menagerie - http://amandas_menagerie.tripod.com
:I've heard that the Apogee Reptariums block UVB if the light fixture is set directly on top of the cage. It is mesh, why won't it allow the UVB to come through, or have I been given bad information. HELP! I wouldn't want my baby beardies to perish because they weren't getting enough UVB.