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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:55 pm 
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From practical experience they can see red, for a short while I had red heat lamps operating when breeding beardies but found that, at night, the babies were still awake at all hours with the lights going. As soon as I changed to ceramic heating they would settle and sleep once the main lighting systems went off. I also know a number of other breeders who have had the same experience so one way or another they do register red light. As to books I'm afraid I can't recommend any basically all my knowledge has been gained by observation, help from a couple of really good forums (now no longer operating) and a close relationship with our local vet who is a rep. specialist. I have also found that the books tend to become outdated almost as soon as they're published due to the fairly steep learning curve occurring in this hobby. I would suggest you try using Google Scholar for technical papers on dragons and searches using the Latin name Pogona vitticeps will probably be more effective. You may also try Googling Melissa Kaplan her site is really good.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Hi Rick,
Thank you, will do that.
Off to make mince pies now mincemeat,brandy and dates, umm yummy.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:38 pm 
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i have experiance with red bulbs allso, used them for about two years day and night, night time i had no problems with either of my adults,i only changed them as i think they blew more often and are more costly to replace so changed to spotlight ones which look nicer, but as far as ive heard and have read they cant see red, but there is no way of prooveing this really so again its personal prefference.But saying this i have whitnessed a beardie chaseing a lazer pen (which is red) so i find it hard to believe :D

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:07 pm 
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Really Danny,so many different points of view.
Was the beardie looking for a torch :wink:
I would think a lazer pen would blind it ,so not clever really.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:20 pm 
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no not really but thats youtube for you i supose :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:53 am 
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just so i am clear as want the best for my dragon...................
i have a pulse thermo the probe wants to be at the cool end and that end wants to be around 86f...............
and the basking area wamest end wants to be around 110f will use stones to lift up to get to this temp.
is this right

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:50 am 
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Probe at cool end, cool side temps mid 20's, basking spot 39~42C and you're OK.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:32 am 
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cool area easy to get that right would think, heat side yeah just lift wood or stone up so when laid there should be at right temp got it.and just buy a timer for uv light so turns off at nite, but leave pulse on so stays warm during the nite

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:34 pm 
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No - don't leave the thermostat on at night. They must have a cool down period overnight and as long as your home doesn't drop below around 16C you turn ALL heating off in the viv. so connect both UV and thermostat to the timer.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:53 pm 
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timer for both right how long should it be off for

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:15 am 
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Lights and heating off for 10~12 hours in summer and 12~14 hours in winter.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:48 pm 
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must get cold in Australia at nite then,if you have to turn off for 12hrs would have thought would be still mid 20s at nite in Australia,as cool area would be anyhow in tank................... just googled it it does as well drop well cold thought it was always hot in auz.
http://www.outback-australia-travel-sec ... tures.html

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:38 am 
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Where I live in Victoria we get frosts at times and even snow in the hills very occasionally - so no - it isn't warm all the time :)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:40 pm 
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rick hope you can help out here or anyone else bought a 75 WATT CERAMIC HEAT BULB but it does not feel very warm and its taking ages/slow to warm tank up as never had before nor used before do these thing take a while to warm up or do you think i have a dodgy one,or should have bought bigger wattage one eg 150w or 250w thought 75w would be fine

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:03 am 
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They should get hot enough to burn you pretty quickly. First test your system by putting a spotlight in the fitting. If that comes on full power then it's the CHE if the light comes on dim, then there's a problem somewhere else - possibly the thermostat.

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