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My little friend!

Postby ChibiZoMbiE » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:04 am

I just got my first beardie! 3 months old. The pet store was not sure of the gender so once it gets used to it's new home and me handling it I will check. It seems to be handling the new home well, and was moving about the habitat all day, and is now sleeping peacefully. If it is a male it will be named Hades, and if it is a female it will be named Medusa!

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Re: My little friend!

Postby Scion19801 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:38 pm

Congratulations. Welcome to beardie parenthood. What is your lighting and heating setup? It almost looks like there is a red heat lamp possibly, based off second pic. You need to trade that out for a ceramic heat emitter if its used for overnight heating. A normal GE par 38 flood light from a home supply store will be good for basking bulb for day time. I have a 38 watt one over my 20 gallon tank and it hits 95 to 100 degrees. What are you using for uvb?
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Re: My little friend!

Postby Scion19801 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:39 pm

Congratulations. Welcome to beardie parenthood. What is your lighting and heating setup? It almost looks like there is a red heat lamp possibly, based off second pic. You need to trade that out for a ceramic heat emitter if its used for overnight heating. A normal GE par 38 flood light from a home supply store will be good for basking bulb for day time. I have a 38 watt one over my 20 gallon tank and it hits 95 to 100 degrees. What are you using for uvb?

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Re: My little friend!

Postby ChibiZoMbiE » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:05 pm

Thank you. I definitely do plan on switching to an emitter. The infrared was what was included with the tank kit. Gotta wait until I get my next paycheck to be able to upgrade. The daytime light is a 100w bulb for basking. The uvb is a reptisun 5.0 bulb in a zoo med naturalistic terrarium hood.

Been monitoring the temperature the past few days using a thermometer on each side. The cool side stays about 75-80 and the basking spot gets up to 90-100.

Everything I got came in a starter kit. Tank, bulbs, lamps, food and water dishes. I bought a skull basking rock for the warm side and a log hideaway for the cool side. I plan on adding more to make it "home-y" for the little one when I can. Here is a picture of the basic setup so far.

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The beardie seems to be getting along well so far in the habitat. Ate lettuce in the morning and throughout the day. I hand fed it the first few pieces to start getting it used to me. I then feed it 6 powder coated crickets in the early evening. It has started communicating with me by waving. I have yet to start handling it. With it being so fragile I do get kinda nervous still. I might try in the next day or so to give it more time getting used to it's home.
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Re: My little friend!

Postby Gormagon » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:10 pm

If that uvb light has a plastic cover, remove it. UVB can't penetrate glass or plastic.
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Re: My little friend!

Postby ChibiZoMbiE » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:19 pm

No cover on the UV. Just the mesh from the top of the tank is separating the light. I am considering looking into a sturdier, not as fine mesh to use. Should help get more UV through, no? We also have a cat. I have been letting her have limited access to my room and supervising her with the tank. I am just worried of her trying to jump on top of the tank and busting through the mesh.
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Re: My little friend!

Postby avasgoldfish » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:18 pm

Hi there!
Your beardie reminds me of the one we got from a Pet store too. They had him labeled as "fancy" which to them means he had some color that they don't usually see. I just got him because he was the healthiest looking one despite missing a toe.
I realized after bringing the little guy home how much the pet store "expert" didn't know. What's sad though is I went to a breeder before the pet store and that person told me that the pet store kits would be a good start. Ugh. So as you might know by now, our special "Bearded Dragon Kit" is not that optimal for beardies. I've had to order a UVB fluorescent bulb, and not use the sand that came with the kit.
So, how's your little guy/girl doing?
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Re: My little friend!

Postby ChibiZoMbiE » Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:31 pm

avasgoldfish wrote:Hi there!
Your beardie reminds me of the one we got from a Pet store too. They had him labeled as "fancy" which to them means he had some color that they don't usually see. I just got him because he was the healthiest looking one despite missing a toe.
I realized after bringing the little guy home how much the pet store "expert" didn't know. What's sad though is I went to a breeder before the pet store and that person told me that the pet store kits would be a good start. Ugh. So as you might know by now, our special "Bearded Dragon Kit" is not that optimal for beardies. I've had to order a UVB fluorescent bulb, and not use the sand that came with the kit.
So, how's your little guy/girl doing?


He's doing great! Getting pretty big. I determined it is a male so named him Hades. Once I get to a point where I can afford to buy everything I plan on starting a dubia roach colony to feed. I also need to get some more tank background to put up so he is more comfortable, but he is doing really well. I play with him almost nightly for 15 minutes or so. He has gotten pretty decent color since I got him. I started adding carrots to his diet.
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Re: My little friend!

Postby avasgoldfish » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:14 pm

Glad to hear that! :)
I found this on here if you haven't already: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
It gives you the different foods you can give your buddy and how frequently, and also includes foods you must stay away from.
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