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Re: First time owner

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Probes are better than stick on- please invest in a Infrared Heat gun - they are most accurate-- before we do anything w/ the basking bulb-- you can always lower the height of basking spot to hes not so close to it or you can reduce the wattage of bulb to a 75-- but first you need to get the accurate temp
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Re: First time owner

Postby Drache613 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:04 pm

Hello,

Thanks for helping out, Karrie.
Your tank setup looks good, so with the few changes you are making things should help him
out a lot.
The Zilla 50 tropical series tube bulb is ok, but you will eventually want to upgrade to a better
UVB because this particular one is not real strong. The T5 tube bulbs are the best & do last
quite a bit longer with stronger UVB emissions.
Be sure this light is mounted on the underneath side of your screen, directly alongside of the
basking bulb.
As suggested, a digital probe thermometer is best for reading the temperatures. Be sure to
leave the probe in one place at the basking area for about 15-20 minutes to allow for it to fully
warm up etc & measure accurately.

Let us know how things are going.
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Re: First time owner

Postby Nick1993 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:14 pm

Hello, I am also a newer beardie owner and started out in the same position as you! I have a couple post i recommend checking out as they are very informative. check my post "How's my setup" you can find it in the "recent discussions" thread.

here's a link to the light fixture i bought and that everyone is recommending you get..https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptisun ... 153&sr=8-3

you will also need a t5 10.0 UVB bulb the fixture only comes with a 5.0. here is a link for that as wellhttps://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Rept ... way&sr=8-8

If you go to my "how's my setup" post you can see how i mounted my light fixture and go from there as an idea. I started out with very little knowledge and thanks to everyone here i feel a lot more confident in providing a safe & healthy environment for my new beardie.

as far as food, like everyone else says Dubia Roaches are the best! start out with smaller ones though, and for fruits my little guys loves cut up strawberries and blueberries. their diet should be 20% fruits and veggies 80% Dubia Roaches with the occasion treats such as smaller hornworms.

Here is a link for Dubia Roaches if you decide to make that step
https://www.amazon.com/Dubia-Roaches-10 ... 157&sr=8-9
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:41 pm

My next question is traveling do any of travel frequently, my work kind of puts my away a lot but I plan on taking Marley everywhere e
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:42 pm

And the t8 vs the t5 do I just buy bulb separate and install myself of should I take back the Zilla 50
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Re: First time owner

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:01 am

I dont think the T 5 will fit in the hood fixture you bought but the T 8 might - I would try the bulb first and see if it will fit - you can try getting the T 8 bulb first w/ out taking the fixture back or you can just take the whole thing back and go w/ the fixture and bulb together - but I do know the T 5 is a complete fixture - I am not sure about the T 8- the T 8 is a lower UVB but it will work - the T 5 is a stronger UVB -
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:46 am

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So this is this fixture I need????
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:47 am

With a 40 gal tank do I need 24” or 30”
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Re: First time owner

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:12 am

Some people say the length of tank but I would think the 24 would work and yes that is what you need
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:06 pm

So here’s what I got [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:07 pm

Basking in left I removed heating rock till my t5 comes in a few days I have uvb in middle with Che on right
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Re: First time owner

Postby Kellz24 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:08 pm

Now when checking temps how do I shoot my laser from the glass or open up the tank and shoot from above
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Re: First time owner

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:03 pm

Yes inside the tank around 2" from basking area
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