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Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:21 am
by sever555
Hi guys. First things first, my bearded dragon is almost 7 months old, around 350gr of weight and 16.1 inch length.
While he was smashing them insects, suddenly around October he started eating less and less... now he is barely eating, like 1-2 superworms a day or 1 dubia (denies crickets, even waxworms lol). He is eating less greens, and some days now he hides and sleeps 4-5 hours before the lighs go off..
Now ... I think that the mistake was mine because I left him sleep at night temperatures of 66.2 F and an expert told me that I should raise the night temps to 73-78 F. I fixed that with ceramic heater. Has his brumation insticted kick in? I think that he is very young to go through this phase, he is still growing.
I raised the temps a bit more and change the daytime to 12hrs instead of 11 but I dont think that it is gonna work.
I am very worried and stressed to be honest. And lost.
Thanks

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:02 am
by KarrieRee
Please go over the tank lighting --- UVB and basking temps and how your taking the temps-- dragons like it cool and dark at nite -- 78 degrees is too warm - the 66 was good unless your tank is getting below 65 at nite I would not run the CHE
Karrie

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:18 am
by sever555
KarrieRee wrote:Please go over the tank lighting --- UVB and basking temps and how your taking the temps-- dragons like it cool and dark at nite -- 78 degrees is too warm - the 66 was good unless your tank is getting below 65 at nite I would not run the CHE
Karrie


UVB: Terra Exotica Compact Desert 10.0 23W
Basking temp: 100.4 -104
I am taking the temps with a digital thermometer with probes.
He started eating less before I run the CHE.
Also, his tank is 47" x 19.6" x 19.6"

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:21 pm
by KarrieRee
Please get rid of the compact UVB -- they are inadequate -- for a 75 gallon tank you would need a 36" or a 24" long tube fixture w/ reflector -- I recommend a 24" fixture since you dont want him hiding from the UVB - get a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 bulb - depending on the screen on top you could place it on top but that depends on the screen - if its a fine mesh screen like a screen door it needs to go inside the tank if its a wide holed type screen it can sit on top --- please get this replaced ASAP -- UVB lighting is crucial to the over all health of the dragon
Karrie

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:42 pm
by sever555
Ok thanks.will replace it in a few days. So you assume this might be the problem?

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:46 pm
by KarrieRee
Yes UVB and your basking temps are the most important things in the tank --- and the coil bulbs are inadequate --- please get it changed out let me know what you end up w/ as far as the bulb T 5 or the T 8 but I do recommend the T 5 --- it is a stronger bulb -- and for a 75 gallon tank you need the T 5 --
Karrie

Re: Barely eating, almost 7 months old..

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:02 pm
by sever555
Thank you Karrie, I will change the uvb to T5 asap and will keep you posted.