They say the screen cuts the amount that passes through it by 50% !!!!!! So they recommend you use screen with large holes?? Just not sure how I want to do it, but would like to experiment for a year or so with it to see if it makes a difference.....also even if bulb doesn't burn out you have to replace every 10 months as they don't put off much after that.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Dec 20, 2012 14:08:20 GMT -5
The only thing I use UV bulbs for is the turtle (Reddy). I know she gets all sluggish, and depressed when she doesn't have it. I used to use clamp lights for my crabs a few years back, but it always just seemed to dry the substrate out, and none of my crabs light to be near it. I usually would have to turn it off when I fed them. It was facing their food bowl, because the food seemed to get less moist and wouldn't go rotten as quickly. I stopped using it because they didn't seem to like it, and my heat and humidity is fine without it.
This is a bit off topic but those of you who are using one have you had any trouble with bulbs burning out or blowing out really often? Our turtle's light doesn't seem to last longer than a month, and we only have it on for short spurts. Our's is burnt out now and we just bought it. We have no money right now for another.
It will be interesting to see what we can find out about crabs and UVA/UVB + Vitamin D.
-O.M. Turtle: Reddy Snails: Too many to count. Crabs: Caligula, Constantine, Berry, Lullaby, Rant, Mr. Q(aka Qwilleran), Capt. Peacock, Suri, Luce, Napoleon, Bonaparte, Rococo, Ducky( AKA Link), Cat, Lister, Rimmer, Milo, Marina, St. Nicholas, Cleggy, Henrietta Ed, Nora
I've had mine for my crabs for some time now and usually only use it now on rainy and overcast days. Straws come out and set by glass near where it shines....never had mine blow out yet? Hate saying that as they usually die after you make a comment.....after reading on these lights they say they loose the UV after 10 months and you should replace them.
Post by Sach-Crabministrator on Dec 20, 2012 16:57:37 GMT -5
I know my flippin blue bulbs from ZooMed have been; one just burned/blew out this week and I only bought it at the beginning of November! I'm ticked too because I needed it so I bought it hubby's work and paid $8 for it!
≈19 clypeatus, 4 perlatus & 8 compressus in 4 tanks
I always run my lights on my schedule, which is basically the same schedule as the sun. I don't know why, but my entire life I have gotten up when the sun rises and gone to bed when it sets. So, I get more sleep in the winter. lmso It's also the schedule I have my crabs on, so it's about as natural a schedule as they're gonna get.
My original plan was to sprinkle the vitamin d powder on some of their food, but I decided to try just adding a small scoop (about 1/2 teaspoon) in and see how that goes over. So far, they eat it like there's no tomorrow. Every time I have added it into the tank like this, they eat it COMPLETELY - overnight.
With them eating it in its entirety so fast, I want to add it in everyday, but I'm very hesitant to do so. I know that as humans, we cannot overdose on vitamin D if it comes in it's natural form - when we get it from the reaction our skin has (something I learned from Sach!) with the sun. However, we CAN (and very easily, I might add) overdose with a supplement.
I know you can't really compare arthropods to mammals, but there is also a set amount you are supposed to give reptiles of it - no more, no less. I am sure there must be a limit, but how can I be sure my crabs will know where that limit lies?
Because you never fed it before, I would go slow. Maybe a 1/4 tsp every other day. We ran into a situation with possums and lack of calcium in puppy milk when we fed them, so we added calcium, but we did it slow and stretched it out. Your crabs are not showing anykind of deficiency so there is no immediate need, so just a little here and there. Crabs are smart and know what they need, but I still like the slower methods with suppliments. Good luck, I may have to give this a try.....wondering since I have exotics separate if I see a difference in the way the straws like it over the pp's ??
Just went back and read your original note to see what it was you got so I could get it. It may be the calcium they are after more than the Vit. D? I would still limit it, give them that one night and oyster shells the next then egg shells, this way they are only getting it a couple times a week. Going to look into this and may add it to my calcium selection (:
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