Changing ALL of our Zoo Med UVB tubes is a big job! [video]

As a reptile keeper you’re already aware of the importance of giving your pet the right ultra violet lighting. But did you know that the light emitted from fluorescent tubes changes over time. That’s why you change your UVB tubes over your reptiles every six months, after that time the tubes are no longer effective.

We also have to change our UVB tubes every 6 months but, as you can imagine, it’s quite a big job swapping over 53 tubes at Northampton Reptile Centre! We use (and recommend) Zoo Med lighting as we have found it to be the best during our radiometer testing.

As well as the vivariums in the shop, we also have a lot of vivs behind the scenes that we use mostly for babies and re-homed reptiles.

We thought we’d film the change-over this time, and the video is below.

If you have any questions about UVB lighting, please feel free to leave a comment below!

Oh, and if you’re attending our open days this weekend, all Zoo Med products have a 20% discount so it may be a good time to change yours too….

About Gary Rolfe

Gary has worked with fish and reptiles for 15 years and has a degree in marine biology and coastal ecology. You can follow him on Twitter at @GaryRolfe.

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4 Responses to Changing ALL of our Zoo Med UVB tubes is a big job! [video]

  1. Nick June 3, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    53 tubes! Wow, that’s some setup!

  2. Bush Viper June 3, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Hi, Interesting that this has popped up now.  I’ve always used syandard heat & UV bulbs but having recently acquired a 6 ft’ long viv I entertained the idea of using tubes.

    The plan is to pop some royal python’s in there so UV isn’t a must but I’ve always heard that it wouldn’t do any harm. So without wanting to take up to much of your time, the question is…..where do I start?

    • Gary Rolfe June 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      You wouldn’t need to spend out on a 10% UVB, or even a 5% to be honest. A standard daylight (or 2%) would be absolutely fine for what you need.

      I would use one of those for light, and a cermaic bulb for heat during the day and night

  3. Stickdavis June 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    Thats the fastest I have ever seen Tony move!!!
    Dave and Donna

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