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Diarrhea

Postby NikkiandDucky » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:22 pm

Ducky frequently has diarrhea. His diet consists of collard greens, some type of squash, one other vegetable that I happen to pick up for him that week, and a few bugs that also change by the week. I found that feeding him some type of dry pellet with his salad will fix the diarrhea, but I want to find a healthier alternative to this. Does anyone have any suggestions for a healthy dry food option?
Edit: This diarrhea/ watery stool has been happening his entire life (when I don’t feed him dry pellets) so I don’t believe it’s a health problem.
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:43 pm

Could be a lighting issue- what type of lighting do you have in your tank UVB brand and bulb it is a coil or tube and what are your basking temps and how are you taking them? infrared heat gun stick ons or a digital probe?
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby NikkiandDucky » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:50 pm

I’m using a reptisun 10.0 tube that I replace every six months. His basking temp is roughly 100F and the hot side of his tank is roughly 85F and the cool side is roughly 77F. All temps are checked with an infrared gun.
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:51 pm

And the placement of the UVB ? do you have a T 5 or a T8?
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby NikkiandDucky » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:59 pm

It’s a t8 and it’s roughly 14 inches from his back. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:10 pm

That's the problem -- T 8's need to be approximately 6-8 inches from basking spot-- cover off bulb meaning bulb exposed+- he's not getting enough UVB--
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Re: Diarrhea

Postby claudiusx » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:58 am

Hi there,

Since it's been his whole life he might have some higher parasite counts that need to be addressed.
Have you ever gotten a fecal test done? I'd recommend it so we can see what we're working with here.

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