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Post Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:37 pm   Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Cost me a small fortune but soooo worth it!!!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:12 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Looks amazing! You did a great job, how does your RES like the ATBA?
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:41 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:42 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Here's a pic of the old fellow!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:54 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Awesome, looks like a smile :)
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:44 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Still going strong @ age 30! 8)
Installed a new HID (metal halide) spot yesterday.
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:21 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Nice! Does he like it more?
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:09 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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!
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:14 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

What brand/model is it? I'd love to look into it.
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:57 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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.
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:33 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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?
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:09 pm   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:19 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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.
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:47 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

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.
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:04 am   Re: Tank rebuild for 26 yo RES

Good to have options if you need them!
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