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    Default Basking lights


    My juvie Cuban False Chameleon (which is really an anole) is in an 18x18x24 Exo Terra tank. I have a 5.0 UVB tube light for him; he is very active during the daytime.

    I know they like to bask. I have a 100W CHE in a wire fixture about 8" from the top of his tank for warmth. Should I have a basking light for him as well, or in place of? If so, what wattage for that size tank? I looked over the weekend, and they come in 50W, 75W, 100W and 150W. Since they also put out heat, I would probably replace the CHE, which I only run during the day anyway.

    Can anyone tell me what wattage you think I should use for that size tank? These guys like temps in the 80's range and 90's for basking. He does like to hang out on his vines, most of the time he is about 1/3 of the way from the top of the tank. Also, does anyone know anything about the Zoo Med Powersun Mercury Vapor bulbs? Those come in 80W and 160W, and emit heat as well as UVA/UVB. Would that be an option for my little guy, or would those be too strong, in addition to the tube light I already have on the tank? I'm reading that too much UVB is not good for them either.
    Last edited by GeckoLeen; 10-14-2018 at 10:58 AM.
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