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new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:52 am

Hi Again-
Ok so my baby (2 months) will eat crickets but I have 2 issues

1. He won't chase them. I have to guide the cricket over to him and then he will eat it. Is that normal? Will he learn to chase them more aggressively as he gets older?

2. I can't seem to keep the crickets alive for more than a few days. Any tips?

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:15 pm

Hi Tia,

Crickets need to be kept warm. I'd suggest watching a few YouTube videos on keeping crickets. Should help you lots.

How long have you had your guy?
Can you go over your setup with us? Pics would be nice.
Namely we are after what your basking surface temp is, and what type of uvb bulb you're using. Lighting and temps play a massive role in basically every aspect of your dragons health.

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:12 pm

My tank set up is ok I think. I can’t get a pic right now. I have a CHE for night and basking gets up to around 100. I have a uvb light also but switching it to a reptisun 10.0 as soon as I can figure out a fixture.
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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:20 pm

100 is a bit low for a baby. Ideally you want your basking SURFACE to be around 105-110. What are you using to measure temperatures?

Good that you are getting the reptisun 10.0. Are you getting the regular t8 version or the t5 HO version? a t8 fixture can be found very readily at home depot or amazon. A t5 can be found on amazon too for decent prices.

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:25 pm

Well that’s my problem. I can’t figure out if it should go on top of the tank or inside. What goes with what. lol I’m totally confused. And how do I know if a fixture will for that bulb 🤦‍♀️
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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:26 pm

Both of your questions depend on if you're going to be getting the normal reptisun 10.0 tube, or the reptisun 10.0 HO. If you tell me I can help answer your questions :mrgreen:

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:35 pm

Can you tell me what the difference is
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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:43 pm

The only difference between the two is the HO (which stands for high output is a stronger bulb that puts out stronger uvb. If you have the choice we usually recommend that one. It's a T5 sized bulb so the easiest way to find a fixture for it (IMO) is to search up t5 grow lights on amazon. They usually come with a bulb themselves but you can toss the bulb it comes with and put your reptisun in it. I mention grow lights only because those are usually t5s and marketed as HO fixtures.

If you go with the reptisun HO, you are fine mounting it ontop of your screen. Or if you mount it inside, just keep it 10 inches or so away from the basking area.

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:45 pm

Ok thank you! I’ll work on it tomorrow. I have a 40g breeder. Is 18” ok?
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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:03 pm

I dont believe the reptisun HO comes in 18. I thought only 12 22 34 and 46.

I would go with the 22in though.

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:04 am

May I ask what you have?
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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby claudiusx » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:41 am

nikmad39 wrote:May I ask what you have?


I use the reptisun 10.0 HO 22inch. Same one I recommend you :)
Mine is mounted in the enclosure but it's a customer built wooden enclosure so I was able to just drill two brackets into the inside top of my enclosure to hold the bulb.

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:54 am

That’s pretty cool. I wonder if I could just zip tie it to the top. Lol
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Postby claudiusx » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:36 am

You can! Just be aware the uvb will slowly degrade the plastic in the zip ties so it would be good practice to replace the zip ties every once in awhile. Just to prevent an accident from happening :)

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Re: new momma - crickets

Postby nikmad39 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:37 am

Very true! Great advice. Thanks
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