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Old 01-20-04, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UVB alternatives

Well, as to be expected there a few of these UVB alternative options for reptile owners now. My question is do they actually work. Only 2 items come to mind at the moment, please add any that you can think of. Thank you

Item 1 - TRex Solar Drops
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Item 2 - 20 Watt Super U.V. Coil Lamp
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Old 01-20-04, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about the coil lamps, but I would be a little leary of there beneficial properties.

Here is your best bets

#1 Sun

#2 UVB Buld either flourescent , or the UVB spot bulbs.

The coil ones might be good, but I don't know of anyone using them, so I have no idea

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I recall reading somewhere that the coil lamps put out very low levels of UVB, and have a short life span. They may have improved since then however. Would be worth looking into if that's what you want. Myself, I'll stick with the tried and true flourescent tubes.

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Most UVB bulbs are worthless IMHO. Some of the newer ones, the Powersun Bulbs I think, are actually the equivalent to midday sun in some parts of the world. Most of my stuff is nocturnal so I don't worry about it, but my Iguana and Tortoise spend their summers outside in the natural sun, and are supplemented during the winter months. A good cal/d3 supplement is important, but the liquid d3 supplements (ie- solar drops) have an increased risk of causing d3 poisoning to the animal. If your animal is receiving natural UV rays, or is eating a diet consisting mainly of whole prey items (ie- a monitor fed mainly rats) then you can hold off on additional d3 supplementation. But to answer your question, yes the d3 supplements do work, but some animals cannot process them as well, some do not need them, and some can be raised completely on them. It all depends.

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Myself, I'll stick with the tried and true flourescent tubes.
Those tried and true fluorescent bulbs still put out very low output, and are almsot ineffective when placed on a screen or if they animal is more than a foot or so away. I think it is something like 24 hours of up close, unobstructed exposure is the equivalent to 5 minutes of natural exposure
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