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Vivarium setup?

Hey everyone I want to set up a vivarium (kinda urgently)

My friend gave me 3 green anole lizards and I want to put them in a vivarium. I want to set up the vivarium this weekend so I need to get good lights not only for the plants but mainly for the health of the lizards. What are good heat lamps? Do I need night lamps? How do I start with vivariums? Do I use dirt or sand or what?? Thanks,
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I would go for the incandescent heat lamps that you can find at petco/petsmart. A simple dome clamp fixture would be sufficient. I recommend a UVB bulb as well a thermometer and humidity gauge are a must as well.
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I would go for the incandescent heat lamps that you can find at petco/petsmart. A simple dome clamp fixture would be sufficient. I recommend a UVB bulb as well a thermometer and humidity gauge are a must as well.
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Thanks but my friend also mentioned that I need a night bulb? Do I really have to replace the day and night bulbs every morning and night??

Thermometer I have my heat gun,

Humidity gauge I'll pick up tomorrow hopefully.

Are there any light fixtures that will automatically turn on/off? I could buy a timer but there's still the problem with the stupid UVB bulb.

Would the standard dome clamps be able to grow plants?
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Thanks but my friend also mentioned that I need a night bulb? Do I really have to replace the day and night bulbs every morning and night??

Thermometer I have my heat gun,

Humidity gauge I'll pick up tomorrow hopefully.

Are there any light fixtures that will automatically turn on/off? I could buy a timer but there's still the problem with the stupid UVB bulb.

Would the standard dome clamps be able to grow plants?
2 fixtures, one with a day bulb (normal reptile basking lamps) And a night bulb (Those blue/red lamps) But the night heat lamp is only needed if the temps drop too low at night. There are timers that will turn off 2 fixtures, and one to turn on the night lamp.
You could use a simple tube UVB light, its very simple, or a mercury vapor lamp, those produce a lot of heat and produce uvb light, but they are expensive, and ya' know, mercury.

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Ok I just bought a mister, a humidity thing, and a Fluker's heat lamp and a 60w daytime head bulb..

I still need the UVB right?? What are good UVB fixtures? Why do they need two lights (uvb and heat) Thanks.

Also I won't be doing night bulbs since temps are like 65-70 during night.
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Ok I just bought a mister, a humidity thing, and a Fluker's heat lamp and a 60w daytime head bulb..

I still need the UVB right?? What are good UVB fixtures? Why do they need two lights (uvb and heat) Thanks.

Also I won't be doing night bulbs since temps are like 65-70 during night.

Yes, all reptiles need UVB radiation for proper health.

I feel like you might need to read up on the care sheet for an Anole

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