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Pyramiding? Unsure?advice most welcome

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  1. ColinS

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    We are in Manchester and we have a cold frame with a heat lamp in. And they’re still outside now. They can leave the heated cold frame as they please and have been out even in these cooler days. But they always go to the hides inside the cold frame of a night.
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    turtlesteve Member 5 Year Member

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    Interesting to hear you're now avoiding the mercury vapor bulbs. Maybe you've mentioned it before but I hadn't noticed. I'm still using them, but mount them high to spread out the hot spot. Have you used HID bulbs (such as solar raptor) and if so, what is your opinion on them? They are more available in Europe versus the US. Supposedly more UV / less heat compared to mercury vapor. I got one a few years ago for a fully enclosed habitat (where a mercury vapor bulb would be too hot) and it seems to be a nice intermediate solution that still provides some temperature gradient.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I don't have any experience with the HID bulbs. I really know nothing about them. If those are available here, I haven't seen or heard of them in use yet.
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    Would love to see your set up - could you post a couple of photos on here please? As she’s only 2 would she cope with the weather being so young?
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    turtlesteve Member 5 Year Member

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    The solar raptor HID lights showed up in a US show once a few years ago, I think it was the Pomona, CA show. Never seen them before or since. They are a German manufacturer and were trying to break into the US market. I like them so far and was considering switching to these from mercury vapor, so that's why I asked. I have tried the newer fluorescent bulbs and did not care for them.
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    I will have a go at uploading some pics later today. And maybe now it’s a little bit cooler she maybe too young. Really I would put her out beginning of summer and let her acclimatise herself as the weather gradually cools
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    Thanks. Yes she’s been out most days since we have had her but we haven’t got a cold frame heat lamp set up just a secure pen. Hey it’s gling to be nice this weekend so she will be back out from this afternoon and bought in about 6 pm
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    I'm using Solar Raptor HID bulbs 35W flood type with ballast for my Pelusios sp and for me it's one of the better products.
    For some desertic tortoises it's nice to use 70W ones (with ballast) but for a russian a 35W is sufficient.

    You can see here the UV concentration with distance indications:
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    Thanks for this. Very helpful
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    For me one of the best ones in the market and consume only 35W... :rolleyes:
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