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new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:50 am
by gnn23
hello im new to the beardie community and I'm nervous something ids wrong with my dragon ( bean ) he eats crickets and I always have salad for him, his temps are normal but i feel like hes dehydrated. he eats salad everyday and i mist him a couple times a week since he hates baths but idk if I'm doing something wrong? can anyone give me some advice ?





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Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:12 am
by KarrieRee
Bean needs a digital probe thermometer in his tank for correct basking temps- and what is Beans UVB? Are you using a MVB ? What is in the other dome?
Karrie

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:16 am
by gnn23
im using the thrive desert UVB bulb is a 26 watt it came with his new tank. and i have a digital i just didnt know which were better, i will switch is back. he is also getting ready to shed on his back and head so idk if that has to do with anything

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:27 am
by KarrieRee
Please get rid of the Thrive UVB - the only one I know that is ok I am not a fan of coil UVB's so if you want to stay w/ the coil switch to a Reptisun ---- here is some info on the 26 watt
The 26w version of the UVB150 is similar in output to a T8 tube when using a reflector. The beam isn't as wide (depending on the length of the tube) but the output strength is very similar. If it was sitting about 6-8'' above the main basking area then it was likely providing adequate UVB. It's the lower wattage (13w) versions that cause concern since they aren't strong enough to provide adequate UVB at a safe distance.
I would recommend getting a 24" fixture w/ reflector and a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 --- they are the best on the market at this time -- you can look here
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/wholesa ... o-med.html
this bulb
https://www.reptilesupplyco.com/t5-uvb- ... o-med.html
I would get the digital probe thermometer for actual basking temps--- you can get those at petco or petsmart $8
Karrie

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:34 am
by gnn23
I’ve always been confused about all the lighting. So I know I need a basking build that reaches 95-105 F and a UVB for the cool side ? What do u use or recommend bulb wise? I have a bunch of different light bulb holders.

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:39 am
by KarrieRee
You need a bright white basking bulb --- one that keeps temps 95-110 for Bean --- make sure you have the digital probe thermometer so you get an actual temp --- older dragons do not like real hot -- so I would get a piece of decor that offers a heat gradient something like this
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/habita ... gid=500116 if you lay the long stick part down on the floor of the tank w/ the big truck piece under the basking light this works real good - he can stand lay or sit on it
basking light looks like this
https://www.petsmart.com/reptile/enviro ... gid=500202 start w/ a 100 watt -- make sure you are using the digital to get the temp lay on the spot where he basks for 10 min then take the temp
I sent links for the UVB ---- what is in the other dome?
Karrie

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:55 am
by KarrieRee
Please get your basking temps correct and get the UVB straightened out --- here is a website for nutrition http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder-
Please get your lighting correct or Bean will stop eating all together --- this two things are the most important thing in the tank
Karrie

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:56 am
by gnn23
Thank u so much karrie I really appreciate it. I love him so much and I just wanna make sure he is living the best life he can!!

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:57 am
by KarrieRee
Let me know what you decide for the UVB --- the one you have now where its sitting is not doing any good the screen is blocking 30% of the rays and I am not about those Thrive bulb out puts --- please get rid of it
Karrie

Re: new beardie owner looking for suggestions

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:04 pm
by gnn23
set up the thermometer basking temp looks good, gunna go to the store to look for the uvb light u suggested. little tight on money at the moment ( in college) but i will do the best i can thank u for ur help. if i cant afford the one you mentioned, is there something i should be looking for specifically? no coils but like a certain type of watts for the UVB