outdoor basking/heat light needed? - Crooked Necks - Turtle Forum

Temporary outdoor enclosures and pools can be used to allow your turtle to get some beneficial sunlight. Be advised of the hazards of keeping turtles outside unattended and make sure shade is available to avoid hyperthermia. Putting a tank in direct sunlight will also cause a fast and deadly spike in temperature as well as block the intended UVB rays. If you choose to keep your turtle indoors and outdoors, make sure you have read the section.Fluorescent Bulbs (UVA, UVB)For indoor setups, most turtle keepers provide UVA and UVB through special fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs are specially manufactured to emit UVB rays and have special glass casings that allow the rays to pass through. They come in different sizes and strengths but produce very little heat since they are low-wattage. It is beneficial to have a bulb that produces approximately 5-10% UVB. These bulbs are generally effective for about 6-10 months and will need replacement afterwards. Fluorescent UVB bulbs do not project UVB very far, so it is necessary to have it positioned closely - 10 inches above the basking area would suffice.

What is the optimum height/distance for a turtle's basking light? - Quora

She has a double-dome lighting fixture with a 75 watt Repti-Tuff heat bulb and a 13 watt UVB bulb which sits about 11" above the floor of her basking area. Three weeks ago I replaced the old, crappy turtle ramp (the kind that affixes to the tank with suction cups) with a gorgeous redwood and Plexiglas "house." The basking area is 18" x 18" and has a large hole at the top for the lamp (her previous set-up was using a 90 watt heat bulb that was about 13-14" from the bottom of her basking area before). The reason I made the change was to give her more swimming room. I was able to add roughly 12-15 gallons of water to her tank, which is kept pretty darn clean if I do say so myself. Anyway, she will not bask. She will not go up to her basking area. It is roughly 85-95 degrees inside, depending upon where I point the laser temperature reader thingy (not quite as warm as her previous basking area, which was at 100+ in places). She will however, go up there if I lure her with salmon. So she CAN go up there--she just chooses not to. I read here that turtles can be persnickety about change but it's going on three weeks and I'm concerned that she is not getting the UVB lighting she needs.

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If you do not know what a basking area is, or are looking for the best docks for turtles, please click here. Quick Navigation. Do Turtles Need UVB Light? Another kind of light that many people like to use is called a , or simply a "night light." These usually come in either red or purplish-blue and are designed to allow night viewing without keeping your turtles awake all night and making them grouchy. They can also provide some heat, which can be important for hatchling turtles, who often sleep on the basking area at night. Adult turtles don't need night lights, and most turtles don't care whether they're red or blue as long as they're not too bright. I've noticed that a few turtles seem to be kept awake by red light, but not by blue, so I usually choose blue.

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Another kind of night viewing lamp called an . They're designed to produce heat as well as (usually) red light. Some provide mainly heat and little or no light. Their purpose is to keep your turtle's basking area warm, which is mainly important for hatchlings, who often sleep on the basking area because their lungs are still very small. Once they get a little bigger and can hold their breath for a long enough time, they start sleeping underwater.

I have two deep dome lights over my 75 gallon tank