Concerned about tank set up and diet.

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Concerned about tank set up and diet.

Postby Jorel » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:00 am

For explanation, a few months ago I wanted a bearded dragon. I started to do research, stopping once I realized I wouldn't be able to care for one. Then Christmas came and my mother gave me a beardie. This threw me off guard. I wasn't ready for one. I've been doing more research on bearded dragons now that I have one. He's only a few months old, I don't know how old exactly. He's in a 20 gallon tank as of now. His tank temperature is around 90-100 degrees. It drops to 65-75 at night. Although his thermometer is a stick on one. Those can be off by 20 degrees from what I've read. He's being fed Fluker's Buffet Blend, the juvenile bearded dragon veggie variety. That's his main diet. I know he isn't getting enough insects. The first time he ate insects, that I know of, was yesterday. They were crickets. He does have a basking bulb that gives out UVB. It is from Zoo Med and has 120v-100w max. He has a reptile carpet for substrate. He also has stress marks and has been glass surfing. My mother doesn't want to spend a lot on him because "he's a 50 dollar lizard." I have around 152 dollars that I could use to get him better equipment if needed. I would have to purchase online because I cannot drive nor would my mother be willing to drive me somewhere. Does anyone have any advice for what I should do and what to buy?

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Re: Concerned about tank set up and diet.

Postby Toothless37 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:33 pm

hello
just have a few questions
whats the size of the tank
what is the hot end temperature and what is the cool end temperature
what uvb bulb do you have
do you dust your food with calcium and herpivite and if so how often
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Re: Concerned about tank set up and diet.

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:49 pm

It's a 20g tank so relatively small. I would start saving your money because you'll need a much bigger tank in a few months, and upgraded lighting with it. You have the 100w PowerSun bulb now? That should work well for a tank that size. Do try to offer more live bugs. Crickets are a decent option, as are dubia roaches (starting a colony is helpful) and you can order some black soldier fly larvae from symtonbsf for about $18. The little guys can go through a lot of bugs so for now I'd focus your money on insects. I would also invest in a cheap digital thermometer with a probe like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017N8W90/ so you can get the surface temperature of the basking area which should be between about 100-110. A temp gun like this will work too https://www.amazon.com/Etekcity-Lasergrip-774-Non-contact-Thermometer/dp/B00837ZGRY/
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Re: Concerned about tank set up and diet.

Postby Jorel » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:11 pm

CooperDragon wrote:It's a 20g tank so relatively small. I would start saving your money because you'll need a much bigger tank in a few months, and upgraded lighting with it. You have the 100w PowerSun bulb now? That should work well for a tank that size. Do try to offer more live bugs. Crickets are a decent option, as are dubia roaches (starting a colony is helpful) and you can order some black soldier fly larvae from symtonbsf for about $18. The little guys can go through a lot of bugs so for now I'd focus your money on insects. I would also invest in a cheap digital thermometer with a probe like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017N8W90/ so you can get the surface temperature of the basking area which should be between about 100-110. A temp gun like this will work too https://www.amazon.com/Etekcity-Lasergrip-774-Non-contact-Thermometer/dp/B00837ZGRY/


Yeah, it is the PowerSun bulb. I purchased a digital thermometer. I got some black solider fly larvae as well. Thank you for your help! :D
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Re: Concerned about tank set up and diet.

Postby Toothless37 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:53 pm

Do not puchasedubia roaches if you live in Canada!!!!!! They are illegal. Sadly. :(
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