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PostSubject: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 2:36 pm

Hiya All

This is my 1st post so it a hello nd happy new year to you all

i have a few questions to ask you all
1st been can i keep me emp under a UV lamp and if so for how long ???
i have just gotten her she joins a big family of dogs, ferrets, fish nd snakes
its like Noah's ark in here.

i have read about handling her which i have but only to put her in her viv
so ill be letting her be

also can i keep more than one in the same viv ?????

thanks for your advice and no doubt i'll be writing again soon
cheers all
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 2:51 pm

dont use UVA or UVB

grab an exoterra 15w lamp over them, or 50w on the side of the tank
make sure it is infrared or the blu glow type.

UVA and UVB are apparently dangerous, only use them if you have live plants in the tank, and dont keep it on for more than 8-12 hours.

just repeating what i've read and been told

you can keep more than 1 in the same viv, just make sure they are the same size
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 3:49 pm

You can use a UV light on your scorp, but are servel differnt schools of thougt on it being dangerous for longer periode, i wouldnt keep any scorp under a UV light for very long. I have a small handheld device i use for showing ppl that scorps can "glow" thats abit it..

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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 5:58 pm

thanx for the quick response

i appreciate wot you have said as i was going to buy a UV tube for my viv 2moro i will buy a torch now just to use on a time to time basis

thanx for the advise
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 7:43 pm

An alternative heat source is a heat mat placed on the back side of the tank.
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 7:48 pm

heat mats dont raise the temps much, and a well placed bulb or two for night and day temps will be much cheaper and better, depending on your local prices and such. my mat wasnt doing much for the emps so its with the flat rock
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   1/8/2010, 7:52 pm

Spose it depends on the type of heat mat and the heat desired.
My emps and flat rock do fine with heat mats giving them about 27 celcius
but i've heard that they don't work very well for some people.
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   2/27/2010, 2:14 pm

gromgroms wrote:
dont use UVA or UVB

grab an exoterra 15w lamp over them, or 50w on the side of the tank
make sure it is infrared or the blu glow type.

UVA and UVB are apparently dangerous, only use them if you have live plants in the tank, and dont keep it on for more than 8-12 hours.

just repeating what i've read and been told

you can keep more than 1 in the same viv, just make sure they are the same size


i know that they cant see infrared but would scorpions be able to see the "blu glow" type of light? i have a 50W blu glo night time light... i put it on at night time. but if i put it on in the morning time, would scorpions be able to see the light or no?
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PostSubject: Re: How safe are UV lamps   2/28/2010, 10:11 am

I'm not sure either way. The one's That I have on the blu glow don't seem to mind coming out at night (giant emperor and a baby desert hairy)

All I know is, it is designed especially for scorpions and tarantulas as to not emit the UVA/UVB light that is supposed to be harmful. plus, blu glow are cheaper. signifcantly

its all up to you. infrared is the go-to though.
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