Acting cold

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Acting cold

Postby NikiMcB » Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:18 pm

Hello, I recently got a new beardie, had a couple many years ago. I just finished building him a new enclosure. His basking spot is reading in the low 100s with a temp gun but his behavior indicates that he is not hot enough. He is always in the basking spot, his color is blacker than before, he keeps climbing up the wall to get closer to the light, and he is super grumpy. I have a 125 watt mercury vapor bulb about 10” from basking spot and today I put a 100watt basking bulb close to the basking area. He is still being weird any ideas of what is up?
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Re: Acting cold

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:23 am

Not enough UVB possible --- what brand is the MVB and I would get a digital probe to get another temp are you using a hammock for a basking decor piece - the climbing I am thinking is not enough UVB --- but the black also could be trying to absorb the heat -- can you take a pic and post please
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Re: Acting cold

Postby NikiMcB » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:57 am

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This is the enclosure I built. I have a solar glo 125 by exo terra on the left side and a reptisun 10.0 on the left with a 100 watt basking light. I will try to get a digital probe thermometer today.
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Re: Acting cold

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:00 am

What bulb for UVB? A T 5 or T 8? You need to get the correct actual basking temps please- the solar glo should have a distance of around 12 inches unobstructed- please take the probe place it in the spot where he sits wait 10 minutes get temp- 95-110-
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Re: Acting cold

Postby NikiMcB » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:56 pm

Thank you for you help I believe you were right about the uvb. I had put the lights on top of a window screen type screen not realizing how much it may block it. I have now removed the screen and got a digital probe thermometer. The basking area reached 106 after 10 minutes. Also the other bulb is a t8.
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Re: Acting cold

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:59 pm

Please take the cover off the UVB fixture if there is one - you want that bulb exposed and placed directly over the basking decor piece 6-8 inches -- the temp should be fine but the UVB needs to be properly placed and distanced --- T 8's need to be replaced every 6 months I recommend a month prior to --
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Re: Acting cold

Postby NikiMcB » Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:03 pm

The mvb should be providing most of his uvb don’t you think? I mostly put the t8 on the other side for extra light because I had it from his old enclosure and was aware that it wasn’t close enough to be effective. I contacted the breeder to ask if they recommended the t8 or mvb and they adamantly said mvb. What do you think?
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