If you've got home with your first reptile set up from you'll have lots of new equipment to learn about.
If you are an existing keeper the following information should help you understand the equipment you are using.
This is basic summaries, if you have any other questions please ask in store.
Your set up will come with a thermostat. There are different types of Thermostats used for different heat sources.
Thermostats help you control your temperature in your your set and stop your heat source getting too hot.
Important things to remember: thermostats don't stop your cages being too cold, always use a thermometer to check the actual temperatures are correct inside set up. Thrmostats may need adjusting.
Most thermostats carry quick blow fuses to protect them. If you find your stat with no power it may be the fuse. We sell fuses in the shop
Your animal needs UVB to produce Vitamin D and process calcium.
Your UV light should run 12 hours a day. If we did your setup we would have chosen the correct UV for you and advised on position if not already in position.
It's important to remember the the UVB on your light tube runs out usually before the actual light does. To keep you tube running as it should be remember your tube needs replacing every 9-12 months depending on type.
Most tubes have there information printed on one end. if you need a replacement tube and are unsure simply bring a pic of this information to the shop and we can help pick the right tube for you.
Every reptile keeper should have at least one thermometer (Ideall multiple per tank). You need to be able to check temperatures are correct in your tank. There is no other way to know it is running right.
Heat lamps are a popular heat source for many set ups. They come in a range of wattages, the higher the wattage the more heat they output. Heat lamps should be used with Dimming Thermostats to help set a more accurate temperature. These are filament based, once the filament burns out you will need to replace it.
Ceramic heaters are non light emitting heat sources. great for large spaces, ambient temps, night time heat. Must be used with a thermostat, dimming or Pulse stat.
Moss is useful for humid tanks. You can mix it in with other substrates. Put moss in hides to help with shedding.
Alot of reptiles need there diets supplemented with calcium. This is best added to food.
Tropical species need sprayed every day. Spray bottles are also usefull for offering water to reptiles. Many reptiles don't drink from water bowls and need droplets of moving water to drink.