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Arcadia Support Portal :: The Arcadia D3+ high output T5 lamps are so powerful is it still safe to use vitamin supplements?

The Arcadia D3+ high output T5 lamps are so powerful is it still safe to use vitamin supplements?

A. It is true that vitamin D3 production within the body of a reptile through exposure to the right wavelengths of UVB is safer than using synthetic supplements alone, as the animal can regulate exposure and production safely. Reptiles are able to utilise and pass naturally produced vitamins and minerals where as the evidence shows that synthetics that are over provided can build up in the reptiles system and could cause illness and or death. Not using a supplement would deny the animal access to all of the other essential vitamins and minerals that they are missing from a captive diet.

By definition we cannot provide all of the elements that a wild reptile would consume in the country of origin, the data simply does not exist. So we rely largely on mass produced farmed insects and rodents. Even if gut loaded properly large sections of the wild diet would be missing. It is essential to continue the supplementation of captive reptiles. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines of use. If you are using the Arcadia T5 system and you are sure of the amount of energy available to the animal supplements containing high levels of Vitamin D3 should be regulated and maybe offered on a one week on one week off basis. It is essential to check with the manufacturer first.


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  1. Comment #1 (Posted by Kyle )
    What's the minimum/maximum distance that the slimline luminare D3 desert light should be from my Bearded Dragons?. I have a 3'H X 5'L vivarium with a basking platform of 40cm from the top what size/watt do you recomend. Kind regards Kyle

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