preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

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preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby bryan » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:24 pm

Hey guys, I'm preparing to get a baby northern bts this summer from a breeder once they're ready for sale. after researching cages, I think I finally settled on getting an enclosure from animal plastics, more specifically the T8 (48L X 24W X 12H). I wanted you ask you guys your opinions on the add ons though. They have offer heat tape, led lighting, 20in fluorescent light fixture, 8.5in circle screen, a 20x12in screen and heat panels. I was going to go with the light fixture for my ubv light and the 8.5in circle screen for my basking light. But id love to hear your thoughts so I can buy an enclosure to properly house my baby bluey coming soon :)
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Re: preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby mb606587 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:43 pm

Go with your gut and get the uvb fixture and overhead basking light. Heat tape isn't necessary, I'd only really recommend it for night use if you live in a particularly cold area where night temperatures will drop under 60 degrees. IMO, unless necessary, the less things that have the potential of starting a fire, the better.
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Re: preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby Edward » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:34 pm

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Re: preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby Muggle » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:42 pm

Hi, I'm also preparing for a bts this summer, it's pretty exciting and this forum has so much information. Nice choice on the enclosure, I had looked into animal plastics for my tortoises and they are such nice enclosures, I would go with the uvb fixture and space for a basking bulb. That's going to be one lucky skink :D
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Re: preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby splashy07 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:38 am

API makes amazing cages. I am the proud owner of 10 of them. I highly recommend their products.
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Re: preparing for my bts this summer...suggestions?

Postby vana » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:54 pm

I had a radiant heating element installed on my AP cage (AP installed it, I had it shipped there). I used the pro-heat one. I like this heating element a lot. It is on a thermostat (ranco). It keeps the cage toasty warm without worrying about overheating. Puts off no light, so it is no problem at night. I installed a uvb fixture in the cage on clips for uvb and lighting the cage. You con't have to worry about a heat lamp overheating the cage with the heating element on a thermostat.

I got the AP cage with the same floor space as the one you are talking about, but I got the taller one. You may want to consider that so give your critter more space to crawl and climb on objects.

I got the white cage to reflect light and not be dark inside (a good choice).

The only drawback of the AP cages is that they have a strong plastic smell at first anyway (can't smell it now). There is controversy over if this produces fumes that are unhealthy in the long term. I don't know. There are cages made of other types of plastic like ABS or HDPE that are "food safe" and less controversial than PVC.

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