new bearded owner, just here to say hello..

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new bearded owner, just here to say hello..

Postby EaglesFan86 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:06 pm

Hello everyone, My name is Ken. I recently picked up a new baby bearded dragon on Saturday from Petco (yeah, I know not the wisest place to buy animals) first time beardie owner.. but not new to keeping lizards/reptiles. Can't really tell what sex the beardie is being so small yet, so I just been calling him Rocko. hoping I can contribute/learn more about things on this board.

Pictures below of my setup and Rocko... I work first shift so I try to give him some crickets before I leave for work.. and then again when I come home.. so I attempt at least 2 live feedings a day but can only get him to eat a few if any.. I give him fresh greens, veggies, and some beardie buffet mixed together and left out all day... waiting on a shipment of dubias. I dust the crickets with Rep-Cal Calcium w/ D3.. and also have some Herptivite for the days I don't dust calcium. Fresh Water/Greens is always in the tank, I just remove them when I drop crickets in.

Tank - 36x18x18 Exo Terra Large Wide

Lighting - ExoTerra 75w Intense Basking Spot Bulb (Couldn't find the ZooMeds anywhere) and a Reptisun T5 10 HO with the hood mounted inside the tank.. I run the lights from 5am-7pm everyday so that gives me a chance to try feeding crickets before I run out the door at 630am.

Temperatures range from 89-95 on the hot side.. basking spot of 100-111 and a cool side temperature that ranges from 79-82 with the lights on. Humidity stays in the 20-30% range .. I know Reptile Carpet ain't the ideal substrate but that's going to be changed to either tile or non-adhesive shelf liner in the near future.

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Re: new bearded owner, just here to say hello..

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:04 am

Tank looks good -- you do need a digital probe theremometer to get a accurate basking temp tho as of now your getting ambient temps and your UVB needs to be approx 12-15 inches directly above a piece of basking decor -- please do NOT leave crickets in the tank -- they will come out and bite at nite -- I would feed them one at a time --- or two -- dubias are a better feeder anyway --- you can order some BSFL and use those as a staple as well along w the dubias use them as lures to the salad bowl - you will need a glass or ceramic bowl to keep them from getting out -- add them to the salad bowl in front of him to get his attention DO NOT dust them order large -- I would get rid of the pellet stuff too --- rinse your salads before serving so he gets moisture from them and make sure your insects are gut loaded - he will get some moisture from the insects but mainly the salad -- and you want him eating salads now even a little bit --
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