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Old 02-11-18, 03:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Want to build adult bioactive vivarium for brb

Originally Posted by Roman View Post
I use only metal halide lights or halogen lights as heat sources for my enclosures, from 25 W to 70 W depending on the size of the enclosure. The reasoning behind this is that they create a bright hot spot. Your snake associates warmth with light, so it will look for heat at the brightest spot in your enclosure.

For your enclosure I would use a LED light as long as your enclosure (4 ft) for the ambient light and for your plants. You need enough light in the blue and red spectrum for your plants, so look for a light with 6500k. For heat and UVB place a 70W UV emitting metal halide lamp on top of your enclosure over some mesh. This lamp will provide a heat spot of ca. 30°C/86°F and creates a thermal gradient to the other end of your enclosure where the temperature will be room temperature (or slightly higher). Here in Germany we have a brand of lights which also offers a “flood” version with a wider focus, so the heat and UVB are not tightly focused but a bit wider spread.

Whether you need any additional heating depending on your ambient room temperatures (especially during winter). If your temperatures doesn’t drop below ca. 21°C/70°F you shouldn’t need any additional heating, the warm substrate and the walls of the enclosure should prevent any drastic drop of your temperature during nighttime. Otherwise I would use a small RHP as backup heating.

Originally Posted by Jim Smith View Post
I highly recommend RHP with a good thermostat for your enclosure. It will heat your enclosure evenly and are much safer than most heating systems. I also recommend ProProducts heat panels (here's a link to their website) Pro Products – Specialized Habitat Control Products They will discuss your needs based on the enclosure size, reptile intended to he housed etc., and custom make the RHP for your enclosure. It takes about 15 minutes to install an RHP with four small bolts to the ceiling of your enclosure. You might also want to consider using HDPE for your enclosure. Super easy to work and you can use regular woodworking tools. Completely waterproof and MUCH lighter than plywood, especially 3/4 birch plywood. If you want a wood look to the front of your enclosure, you can easily add 3/8" wood flooring pieces in whichever wood/finish you want. You can get the wood flooring anywhere, even on Craig's list for cheap. Just some thoughts...
Thank you to you both you definitely have given me something to think about I appreciate the help.
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