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CFL bulb provide uvb or uva?

CFL bulb provide uvb or uva for a turtle?
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If its a uva/uvb producing bulb. Standard cfl from home depot no.

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What bulb would u reccommend? Ive tried a few, threw on a cfl when last one died recently.

Is uvb/uva neccessary if turtle gets calcium from live guppies?
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Whatever available at you pet store, Exo-Terra, Zilla, Zoo-Med are good brands that have UVB CFL bulbs.

Yes, still needed for digestion and vision. Exo-Terra has a great article/guide on reptile lighting on there website.

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Deciding between the exo-terra Repti-Glo 5.0 Compact Fluorescent or the Repti-glo 10.0

which one should I use and what wattage for RES? The lamp is 12" from basking ground.
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5.0 but you should try reducing it to 6-8 inches...10 at least..
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5.0 but you should try reducing it to 6-8 inches...10 at least..
not sure what u mean here.... 1"0 atleast"... so 2" from basking spot.
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If its a uva/uvb producing bulb. Standard cfl from home depot no.
Will a cfl work for uva (heat lamp)? and I get another exo terra for uvb.
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No, fluorescent bulbs do not put off enough heat, you will need a heat aka "basking" lamp as well.

Yes the 5.0 is most likely right for you, they are effective up to 12". If you have a screen cover they can greatly reduce UVB rays. Depending on the denseness of the screen you may want a 10.0. What is your setup?

Check out this page, everything you'll ever need to know on reptile lighting, and how to choose a bulb (or bulbs). http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/lighting.php

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not sure what u mean here.... 1"0 atleast"... so 2" from basking spot.
Mm, I meant if its 1 ft away from the turtle, it should be a few inches closer.. depending if you have a top too. etk said it, if you have a cover- the rays are greatly reduced.
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FWIW I've read that certain non-uvb CFL bulbs can hurt a reptile's eyes.
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