Help with enclosure

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Help with enclosure

Postby Konnor » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:28 pm

Hey everyone,

Just wondering if I could get a look over/help with my enclosure. My beardie seems to be doing fine, but every once in a while she’ll act different than normal and it worries me.

Basking surface temp:105
Ambient temp: 90-95
Cool side temp: 75-80
Humidity: 35-40%
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby Konnor » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:31 pm

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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:59 pm

First of all what kind of UVB? Is it a coil? you need a tube- UVB--- Here is some info for you
Which UVB light should I use?
The best UVB light is a ReptiSun 10.0 fluorescent tube HO (Or Arcardia 12% in the UK). Compact or coil bulbs do not emit the proper amount of UVB light for a bearded dragon, and should not be used. Other brands, such as the Zilla Desert Series and ReptiGlo have been known to cause eye problems and other health issues with bearded dragons, and should be avoided. The reason that some UVB lights (Zilla, ReptiGlo, coils/compacts, ect.) are considered dangerous is because the wavelength of UVB that they emit is shorter and more intense than the wavelength of the "safe" lights (ReptiSun, Arcadia).
UVB lights should be replaced every 6 months. The T5’s are a strong bulb and only need to be replaced once a year – the T 8 every 6 months--- where as the T 8 are not as strong—they need to be placed inside the tank the T 5 10.0 bulb approx 10-11 inches from basking spot – the T 8 approx 6-8 inches from basking spot—the cover needs to be off the bulb for full effect of the UVB rays-- that would be my first guess on the behavior thing
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby Konnor » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:14 pm

Yes, it is a coil.

So you’re saying I would need a hood with a uvb tube correct? How should I go about moving the heat bulb into the enclosure at that point? Do I need something completely different?
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:34 pm

What is the light by it self? The UVB needs to be one of the ones I sent info on -- once you get it let us know what you have and we can help from there -- you definitely want a tube UVB and usually the basking bulb is separate--- its just easier to manage- also it would be good to invest in a infrared heat gun- I see you have digital probes - they are good for ambient temps in the tank but getting a actual basking temp where your beardie sits the heat gun is more accurate
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby Konnor » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:00 pm

The bulb is a reptisun 10.0 uvb coil.

So I should get a t8 rather than the t5 bulb since the fixture will be resting on the top of the viv, away from the screen? Basking area is about 8-9in from the top of the viv. And I was just confused on how I would get my heat bulb into the viv if I were to get a hood that covered the entire top. But I found fixtures that would just house the tube itself. I’ll post links to what’s in my cart. I have a infrared gun on the way also

I’m restricted on space right now so this is the only viv I’m able to use for the next 2-3 months
30x12x12

Bulb:
https://www.amazon.com/ReptiSun-5-0-UVB ... th=1&psc=1

Fixture:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004CT2O ... 0DER&psc=1
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:09 pm

The 5.0 HO you dont want -- you want the 10.0 bulb -- the 5.0 HO I was told is more for tropical reptiles- the Zilla fixture will work fine-- it needs to go inside your tank approx 8-10 inches from his basking spot-- glad to hear you got a infrared coming -- the basking bulb is good as long as its keeping temps 95-105 or so ---
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby Konnor » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:01 pm

Thanks for the help Karrie. One last question, does the uvb light need to overlap with the basking bulb? Just trying to figure out how I’m going to position the basking bulb/area once the new uvb fixture is in place.
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Re: Help with enclosure

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:08 pm

Most people try to but it does not haft to -- just make sure he is sitting 8-10 inches from the T 8 bulb / or 10-11 for the T 5 bulb -- thats going to take a flat fixture not the regular fixture you can get from petco / petsmart -- if you get the T 5 it can sit on top of the tank --- it sounds like the basking spot is pretty close -- you can always lower your basking spot too so hes not closer than the 8" from the T 8-- you dont want to over UVB him -- you want the fixture that just houses that Reptisun bulb you get
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