I use a heat lamp over the top of my 40 gallon tank for my turtles. the problem is that when I leave it on all during

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Customer: I use a heat lamp over the top of my 40 gallon tank for my wood turtles. the problem is that when I leave it on all during the day, it overheats the turtles. The wattage on the bulb is 100 watts. But if I leave it off during the day the turtles get too cold. dfo you know of any solution to this problem?
Answered by Jav917 in 12 mins 13 years ago
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To solve this problem you can use a lower watt bulb. A regular household bulb is fine for basking a 60 watt or 75 watt is perfect. The other choice is to get a light stand and and hang the light at a higher level. The stands are adjustable and you can use the dome light that has a hanger to supply the basking light. The UVB does not give off heat, so that should not be an issue. Joan

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