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I will say on the first link some of the set up photos are questionable af😂but I think a lot of those are old uploads, for the most part there’s lots of cool stuff there😊
 

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Hi everyone! So I have an update and have a couple of random questions…
Yoshi’s super new enclosure arrived! I’m currently building it and I have so many options my heads in a bit of a whirl… should I have one hide or two, or should I have one hide with a longer run, with a little window included at the end? I wish I had these kind of choices for my house lol
 

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Hi everyone! So I have an update and have a couple of random questions…
Yoshi’s super new enclosure arrived! I’m currently building it and I have so many options my heads in a bit of a whirl… should I have one hide or two, or should I have one hide with a longer run, with a little window included at the end? I wish I had these kind of choices for my house lol
Yay how exciting!! Can’t wait to see some photos of it built!
I’d probably go for the two hides personally, Just so he has a couple of options on where he wants to tuck himself away, nice to have a few choices😊but obviously feel free to play around with your landscape and see what you think(it’s the most fun part imo😁) cannot wait to see what you do with the space🥰
 

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Yay how exciting!! Can’t wait to see some photos of it built!
I’d probably go for the two hides personally, Just so he has a couple of options on where he wants to tuck himself away, nice to have a few choices😊but obviously feel free to play around with your landscape and see what you think(it’s the most fun part imo😁) cannot wait to see what you do with the space🥰
That’s what I was thinking! Lots of hiding spots. ☺️ I was also thinking of leaving one side free, but giving him his beloved cave so it’s not all completely new. But THEN I realised I could use his cave for his outside enclosure… I’m ridiculously excited about the all choices he has. I can’t afford a house atm so I’m living vicariously through him 😂 🐢 🏡
 

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That’s what I was thinking! Lots of hiding spots. ☺️ I was also thinking of leaving one side free, but giving him his beloved cave so it’s not all completely new. But THEN I realised I could use his cave for his outside enclosure… I’m ridiculously excited about the all choices he has. I can’t afford a house atm so I’m living vicariously through him 😂 🐢 🏡
Aw yeah it’ll be nice to re use his cave in one of your new sets ups! He’ll probably use it as his comfort blanket whilst settling in🥰our red foot did bless her, I had the exact same thought process when putting her old cave hide in, was nice giving her something she was used to. She loves mixing it up now and actually favours the new box hide we made for the upgrade, sleeps in there most nights😁
Your guy will soon find some new favourite spots I’m sure! Or he’ll be stubborn and stick to what he knows haha, they’re all such different little personalities😂
lol I love that! I live vicariously through our family pets, spoiling them rotten🥲❤️
 

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Hi everyone,

Yoshi’s enclosure update! So there’s been beds taken apart, lots of drilling and sourcing, and I think we’re nearly there! I’m just wondering if you think I need two UV heat bulbs, given the length of his enclosure? I put his vivarium below it in case he ever got sick and he needed some special incubation. 😊

He’s currently hiding in his new huge bed 😂

(I also changed the water bowl because I thought it was a tad too deep).
 

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Hi everyone,

Yoshi’s enclosure update! So there’s been beds taken apart, lots of drilling and sourcing, and I think we’re nearly there! I’m just wondering if you think I need two UV heat bulbs, given the length of his enclosure? I put his vivarium below it in case he ever got sick and he needed some special incubation. 😊

He’s currently hiding in his new huge bed 😂

(I also changed the water bowl because I thought it was a tad too deep).
Hello!
No, you don't need two UVB lamps. One basking area with a UVB tube and an incandescent bulb will be enough. Ambient lights (LED strip or bar or 2-3 bulbs) to create a "bright sunny day" over the whole enclosure - would be really nice too. And a ceramic heat emitter or two on a thermostat for the colder seasons.
 

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Just the one uv light will be fine, either of these two attached, next to the incandescent floodlight😊then as Alex said, maybe some ambient lighting and I imagine you’ll need to install a che on a thermostat for our colder months👍
 

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Hello!
No, you don't need two UVB lamps. One basking area with a UVB tube and an incandescent bulb will be enough. Ambient lights (LED strip or bar or 2-3 bulbs) to create a "bright sunny day" over the whole enclosure - would be really nice too. And a ceramic heat emitter or two on a thermostat for the colder seasons.
Thanks so much! I got this bulb to replace the UVB Tube, but I do have a UVB one that I can add in as well? At the moment, I’m worried it’s not “warm” enough; it’s 125w… I’ve attached the box here. Happy to light the place up to make him happy. Although I’m surprised to see he’s already checking the place out!
 

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Just the one uv light will be fine, either of these two attached, next to the incandescent floodlight😊then as Alex said, maybe some ambient lighting and I imagine you’ll need to install a che on a thermostat for our colder months👍
This is all fantastic…thank you so so much! 😊 my Amazon bag is filling up by the second 😂
 

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Thanks so much! I got this bulb to replace the UVB Tube, but I do have a UVB one that I can add in as well? At the moment, I’m worried it’s not “warm” enough; it’s 125w… I’ve attached the box here. Happy to light the place up to make him happy. Although I’m surprised to see he’s already checking the place out!
Avoid any kind of all in one bulbs like this, the bulbs attached in my previous reply is the the ones you need, the UV t5 bulbs aren’t to do with heat, they’re to provide uv light. The ceramic heat emitters will help make up the heat in the enclosure, always have the CHE’s on a thermostat👍
Use a temp gun to check under the floodlight(correct one attached above) to get the spot directly underneath 95-100f, the rest of the enclosure should be 75-80 during the day🙂
 

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Thanks so much! I got this bulb to replace the UVB Tube, but I do have a UVB one that I can add in as well? At the moment, I’m worried it’s not “warm” enough; it’s 125w… I’ve attached the box here. Happy to light the place up to make him happy. Although I’m surprised to see he’s already checking the place out!
This is the "all-in-one" Mercury vapour bulb. With these it's hard to balance safe UV, basking zone size and temperature, so they are not recommended. Also, they have shorter lifespan than tubes (6 months on average) and you can't adjust UVB exposure timings. A combination of UVB T5 tube and incandescent flood light works much better. So I would advise to put UVB tube lamp back in place and get an incadescent lamp for heating.

And you are right, that's really cool, that he is not stressed by all changes!
 

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Thank you so much everyone; I’m raging I got fooled into this all-in-one bulb! Back to Amazon I go 🙈 I’ll definitely triple check with you guys before I make any more purchases 🐢
 

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Thank you so much everyone; I’m raging I got fooled into this all-in-one bulb! Back to Amazon I go 🙈 I’ll definitely triple check with you guys before I make any more purchases 🐢
Don’t worry! Pet stores and such are a pain for convincing people to buy the wrong stuff, been there myself😣
Yeah always feel free to check here, can hopefully save you some money🙂
 

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Don’t worry! Pet stores and such are a pain for convincing people to buy the wrong stuff, been there myself😣
Yeah always feel free to check here, can hopefully save you some money🙂
They really are! That light bulb cost me €50… and I remember one pet store selling me one of those compact fluorescent bulbs when he was a baby. He hid away in his cave and only ate his dinner when it was dark at night. My heart was broken when I realised it was hurting his eyes!
 

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They really are! That light bulb cost me €50… and I remember one pet store selling me one of those compact fluorescent bulbs when he was a baby. He hid away in his cave and only ate his dinner when it was dark at night. My heart was broken when I realised it was hurting his eyes!
Bless you, we should be able to rely on them to know what the appropriate equipment is, it’s such a pain they follow such outdated care info😣
At least you got things changed up once you realised🥰
 

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Bless you, we should be able to rely on them to know what the appropriate equipment is, it’s such a pain they follow such outdated care info😣
At least you got things changed up once you realised🥰
I had never been more panicked to find a light bulb in my life 🤣

Update though! I called a reptile specialist in Dublin and told them all of your advice, and they are about to put together a nice little package for me in the post based on your suggestions! It would be faster than ordering from Amazon because of the brexit restrictions here. 😊
 

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I had never been more panicked to find a light bulb in my life 🤣

Update though! I called a reptile specialist in Dublin and told them all of your advice, and they are about to put together a nice little package for me in the post based on your suggestions! It would be faster than ordering from Amazon because of the brexit restrictions here. 😊
Sorry, if it's a silly question - do SwellReptile or Amazon.co.uk ship to Ireland? I'm not completely aware of the situation, we have more members from Ireland here and I hate giving bad advice. Does this reptile shop in Dublin have a website?
 

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Sorry, if it's a silly question - do SwellReptile or Amazon.co.uk ship to Ireland? I'm not completely aware of the situation, we have more members from Ireland here and I hate giving bad advice. Does this reptile shop in Dublin have a website?
So they do officially ship to Ireland, but not all of the products are able to be sent to Irish addresses. Irish customers need to either find an address that will ship to Northern Ireland (because that’s part of the United Kingdom) or get NI postal store address to send it to there. I actually opted for his new table top to be sent directly to me via a service called “addresspal” because of its size, and I ended up having to pay an additional €60 in customs charges. It’s a bit crazy, because I can get to NI by driving 30 minutes down the road 😂

You can absolutely recommend Amazon UK, and just remind them that they may need to find an NI address or postal service for delivery and collection!

The store I am currently speaking to were once called Reptile Haven (and can still be found online with that name) but they’re currently going through a change in ownership so I’ll double check with them their new name when I’m back on the phone. They don’t have a website yet, but I’ll share once they do. Very friendly and helpful!
 

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