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    Loz
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    Hey all,

    I have a young albino pacman (about 1.5 inch). This question may be a stupid one but I don't want to do anything wrong...

    I know that the heat mat needs to go on the side and not the botton as frogs burrow to cool down. But does it make a difference which side you put it on? Would it make any difference if the heatmat was put on the back (long side of tank)?

    I was wondering because where I live gets quite cold over winter and the small heatmat I have on the side does not heat the tank very well (gets to about 79F at the very hottest). I have looked online for a small mat that is of higher wattage, but no luck. So I would need a bigger one, but this will not fit on the small side of the tank.

    Please advise, thanks in advance

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    Do what I do - use the heat mat to maintain night time temperature and use an incandescent bulb to raise the temperature during the day. 24 C / 75 F is fine during the night for them.
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    I thought you cannot use bulbs with albinos because of damaging their eyes? Or is it just certain types?

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    Also thanks for the reply John

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    Sorry for the delayed bump - but can anyone tell me whether it is just certain types of bulbs that you are not meant to use with albinos or whether it is all of them?

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    In theory, albinos should be more sensitive to UV light that non-albinos. Therefore avoid specific UV bulbs.
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    Oh I see. Thanks again John

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