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Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:37 pm
by KennyRESaddict
Cost me a small fortune but soooo worth it!!!

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:12 am
by steve
Looks amazing! You did a great job, how does your RES like the ATBA?

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:41 am
by KennyRESaddict
He loves it! I used a turtle dock during the construction of his new ATBA because his old one was broken but he didn't t bask at all during that time (2 months)! The first day I put on the new ATBA he climbed up and sat there for the rest of the day!

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:42 am
by KennyRESaddict
Here's a pic of the old fellow!

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:54 pm
by steve
Awesome, looks like a smile :)

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:44 am
by KennyRESaddict
Still going strong @ age 30! 8)
Installed a new HID (metal halide) spot yesterday.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:21 am
by steve
Nice! Does he like it more?

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:09 pm
by KennyRESaddict
I think so! Been basking for 5 hours straight already today.
This much better quality UVB source will certainly bring out his colors the coming days!

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:14 pm
by steve
What brand/model is it? I'd love to look into it.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:57 pm
by KennyRESaddict
It's the Exo Terra Sunray (35watt). Bit more expensive than buying the lamp ballast, wires, dome and ceramic lamp holder and going the DIY route but this lamp holder looks "clean" and is the only HID-kit I know of.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:33 pm
by steve
I think it's promising but some on Amazon reviews are saying its discontinued. It does look great in the tank, does it mention how often you need to replace the bulb?

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:09 pm
by KennyRESaddict
Thought so... probably old stock I bought then. I have 2 reptile shops nearby and both recommended the HID lamp setup to me. They both had the "DIY" setup though...found mine online. Some bulbs can be used upto 2 years but it's recommended to replace them every year.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:19 am
by steve
They still list it on their site, so I'm not sure what they're doing. It also looks like there are a couple of other HIDs, but also not much information about them.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:47 am
by KennyRESaddict
Solar Raptor and RepTech are the most sold brands here in Belgium. These bulbs also fit in my setup. For some reason they are more popular in Europe.

Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:04 am
by steve
Good to have options if you need them!