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Posted by Jenskot1 on May 12, 2003 at 15:32:16:
In Reply to: UVB Fixtures posted by Alli on May 12, 2003 at 11:51:07:
Well, what are the dimensions of your tank? I have my bulb set into a 30" "All-Glass Aquarium" brand hood, which just lays over the width of my 30" tank, including the basking area. As for the heat lamp, I removed the extra flip-top part, so the whole apparatus only covers half the length - that's where I stick in the heat lamp (aimed toward the whole basking area), plus it provides easier access to turtles. I wouldn't recommend putting it exclusively over the water, since they say UVB doesn't penetrate through water or glass, and is only effective up to a foot radius - plus, turtles like to bask in the "sun", so I'd rather have all my "sun" components (UVB and heat) in one spot. I'm sure they make fluoro bulb fixtures for all dimensions... just make sure it doesn't fall into the tank! :)
:In my set up, I have the basking area an the side of the tank, with a basking lamp clamped to the side. I don't have any cover over the tank. I've been looking into the UVB bulbs, since I'm not sure if my basking bulb contains that...since it's not a long flourescent bulb. Anyway, I see that all of these UVB bulb fixtures look as if they need to be laying on top of something over the tank, rather than clamping to the sides of it...so my question is: Does the UVB bulb need to be over the basking area, or can I have it on the other side of the tank over the water, so that I can lay the cover over half of the tank and so I don't need to rethink how to attach the basking light clamp to the tank?