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Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:22 am

Hi Everyone,
Last weekend we brought home a 5 month old baby Beardie :) - My Son had been pestering for ages and we eventually gave in and went to our local exotic pet shop and came out an hour or so later with all the required kit plus our baby :). He has been very entertaining to watch over the last few days but has this morning decided to climb to the top of his tank on some extra plants we purchased yesterday - is this normal behaviour as he is about 30 inches from the ground seemingly quite happy!! I'm concerned he might fall but dont want to open tank incase he lets go. If i can figure out how i will post a video of him up there. Thanks
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:52 am

Welcome to the forum---- here is the link to post pics--- please post them of the tank and lighting along w/ your little dude or dudette-- https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ click on XIMG at top of message box
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby claudiusx » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:48 am

Welcome to the site! :D

We love pictures here so make sure if you need help figuring it out to just ask! :)

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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:32 am

Here's how we have the vivarium set up:

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Hope that works.

There is also a UV lamp across the length of the tank.
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:34 am

The tank looks really nice - how far is the UVB from the basking area? And what are you using the T 5 or the T 8? Does he have a way of getting out of the UVB rays if he wants to w/ out actually having to hide from it?
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby claudiusx » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:36 am

Hi there,

The tank looks great! I love what you did with the decorating.

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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:36 am

Plus here is a close up just for cuteness:

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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:39 am

When the light is on he can't get out of it unless he goes behind his plants or log. He's never done that though as far as we've seen. We turn his light off at night, so he gets a break from it for around 9-10 hours each day.
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:44 am

I forgot to say, the bulb is an Arcadia T8, 25W, 10% UVB
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:36 pm

He is also only around 7.5 inches in length - is this small for a 5 month old beardie? Currently eating medium locusts but really only around 3 a day and a small amount of veg/fruit. I'm getting a little worried now as he sounds quite small compared to others on this site and he's eating no where near as much food. He is however quite lively as mentioned in my earlier post about his climbing abilities!!
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:50 pm

I would look at the UVB --- if its not 6-8 inches from his basking that is going to effect his eating --- they need to have the UVB bulb to absorb nutrients --- it is also for calcium to ward off MBD--- the cover needs to be off the bulb for best effects of the rays -- him climbing to the top of the plants your were talking is he trying to get to the UVB ???? If its on top of the screen the screen is filtering out the rays --- the T 8's are not as strong as the T 5's and need to be in the tank ---
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:00 pm

The uvb is a strip light across the ceiling on the inside of his tank and when he was at the top of the tank on the plants he was above the light!! He also has a heat basking lamp which is a 60 w prorep basking spot light. His high branch is about 10 inches from the bottom of the uvb strip?
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:06 pm

So the 10 inches might be too high --- if its the T 8 I would say lower it to atleast the 8" -- I am thinking its not close enough -- little dude likes to climb--- :D --- how about basking temps? What are they running and how are you taking those temps? Stick ons are no good they are usually way off -- Lighting is key to good health for the dragon -- meaning the UVB and especially basking temps-- that is how they digest their food ---- along w/ that UVB
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby theyellowlabrador » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:17 pm

The uvb is screwed to the ceiling so would be hard to move to be honest. The basking lamp is closer to his rock and his high branch so less than 10 inches, probably more like 8. The ambient temperature of his hot side is around 94/95 but when he knocked the sensor under the lamp this morning it was reading 102 via the digital reader. He has been very active today climbing all over the place today!!
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Re: Meet Thanos!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:27 pm

So the basking is good -- but the UVB he is not going to get enough of it - you can switch to a T 5 but then you need to look at the distance between that -- they recommend 10-12 inches from basking for that --- his high branch is under the basking or the UVB???? " his high branch so less than 10 inches, probably more like 8.???" For the T 8 he will need it to be closer to his basking area -- rays are not strong enough to illuminate that far --
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