My Turtles' Home

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My Turtles' Home

Post by Gilly Woo » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:42 pm

Cuthbert and Dibble's house:

The tank is 6 foot long x 1.5 foot wide x 2 foot high with an MVB 13 inches above the over tank basking area giving a temperature of 31 degrees.

The water temperature sits naturally at 21 degrees.

I have an external filter, an Eheim Classic 2217, and a small internal filter to disrupt the water's surface.

I can't think of anything else to mention... so on to the photos.

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The two wires coming from the bottom of the tank in the first photo aren't tank related. I was charging my phone and laptop! The two blocks of wood are carefully positioned to stop turtle escapes!

And a question.... how more superior are MVB's compared to a UVB and a heat source, if at all? Do you use them and do you find them reliable?

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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Julie » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:01 am

Your set up looks beautiful. I'll leave lamp discussion to others ~trttle
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Neil » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:09 pm

Gilly Woo wrote:And a question.... how more superior are MVB's compared to a UVB and a heat source, if at all? Do you use them and do you find them reliable?
Even for 10% tubes, think dull English day vs. summer's day in Spain ~thmbu

I've found that good MVB's are very reliable, lasting even beyond the 2 years they are deemed most useful for, the only down-side being that if they do get turned off for any reason (power cut, tank maintainance, etc...), they do require a "reset" period of 10-15 mins before you can turn them back on again.
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Gilly Woo » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:55 am

Thank you.

I think I might have just been put off MVB's of late. I had my first MVB in use for just over two years and never had a problem with it. I then attempted to purchase another. What a nightmare.

I ordered online and heard nothing and received no correspondence or bulb after three weeks so I chased up the order by telephone. I was told that they couldn't understand why it hadn't been sent and it would be sent straight away. I received a bulb just over a week later. Unfortunately, it was faulty. Good enough, when I contacted the supplier they said they'd send a replacement straight out. Excellent service? Not quite. Two weeks later I was still waiting. After several phone calls I finally received a "working" bulb a good two months after my original order. I'm still not happy with it. It goes off several times a day for a few minutes before coming back on, flickering and then sorting itself out again.

If it was a cheap bulb I'd just chuck it and buy another but not at those prices! They seem so hard to find, unless I'm missing something, there seems to be VERY few stockists and therefore no competitiveness for price... and maybe service. Although I have bought from the supplier I refer to above before and got a good service, not sure what happened this time but don't really want to go back and risk it again.

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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Maria » Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:07 pm

I have never used them myself, but at the rescue centre I worked at it was normal for them to go off sometimes too. I'm not sure why.
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Blakemattyb » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:27 am

maybe its an in built effect to be more realistic and fake cloud cover lol
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Neil » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:23 pm

It's a thermal cut-out so that they don't over-heat, designed to extend life of the bulb. If it's happening a lot though, it usually means either the light fitting isn't up the job of powering these high wattage and high temperature bulbs, or it can also happen when the fitting or the screw on the bulb is dirty and needs a clean. It usually sorts itself out once the bulb has had a couple of weeks of use though :)

As for availability, there are a few places to get the bulbs from, but some brands (by which I mean T-Rex / MegaRay) have the price set by the manufacturer, rather than them just offering a recommended price.
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Gilly Woo » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:53 am

Fake cloud! ~lgh-smil

Dirty fitting/screw? I'll give that a good clean then. With any luck that will sort it. The bulb has been in use since about March and goes off approximately seven or eight times a day that I actually see. Its a tad annoying!

The bulb is in a three/four year old ZooMed clamp lamp. It was recommended at the time so I presume its good enough for the bulb and hope it wouldn't have passed ots life expectancy yet.

Also, I didn't even realise you could get MVB's other than the MegaRay brand. How naive! Again, MegaRay was recommended to me and I've never looked for anything else. Is it wise to stick to MegaRay or is there a worthy competitor?

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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by Sandra » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:00 am

I have t rex active MVB. never had a problem with it and it has never switched itself off.
I bought mine from a local reptile specialist shop.
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Re: My Turtles' Home

Post by sdmtate » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:55 pm

something else to check out,what wattage rating is your clamp lamp to the wattage size of your bulb? If the bulb rating is higher than the lamp holder then it could be overheating and the thermal protection in the bulb could be turning itself off...steve
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