Bumping and surfing

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Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:46 pm

I honestly don't know where else to put this, but this category seems super fitting. I have an eight month old male beardie and he's been doing some super odd stuff recently. After he came out of brumation he's been glass surfing, grinding his nose against the front glass and not really eating. I offer him greens and bugs daily but he never seems interested anymore. Originally he was in a 40 gal tank.. but I've since upgraded him to a 120 gal tank. I'm.. unsure what to do about this anymore until I can take him to a vet and see if everything inside is okay. His uvb fixture is very small and I'm going to go and get him a new one soon (the only ones i can find at pet stores that are longer are maxed at 30 inches.. I'm not sure where else to find them along with proper bulbs).

Any help or advice would be so appreciated honestly... and if there's any questions about the situation I will be more than happy to answer them.
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:41 pm

www.pangeareptiles.com--- you need the Reptisun 10.0 tube either a T 8 or a T 5 --- they are the most recommended on the forum---- I have found them to be the most reasonable there in the last couple of days -------------- something is off w/ him surfing in a 120 gallon tank --- and not eating could be the UVB --- what is in there now for a UVB? Brand and bulb and where is it in the tank or on the screen?
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:49 pm

I am honestly unsure what kinda of uvb fixture this is, but the bulb I'm using is a 10.0 tube. It's not nearly as long as the tank and only covers 18 inches. The fixture is inside the tank itself dead center to cover most of the tank.
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:54 pm

IAM sending you a pic of my tank and if it's 18" it's a T 8-- the one in my tank is a 24" and has the Arcadia 14% bulb-- my tank is 120 gallon
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:00 pm

I might have my measurements wrong then because that is much longer than mine.

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Here's y current tank setup
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:05 pm

Ok so I am looking and is there a reflector on the bulb--- my guess hes not getting enough UVB-- the UVB needs to be where he can sit directly underneath it and it needs to be 6-8 inches from his basking spot--- if its a T 8 --- please check your bulb ---
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:09 pm

Will do ! I plan on getting a new fixture anyways so hopefully it'll be better in the long run. (the one i saw at pet smart supports a 24 inch tube so im hoping that will be fine)

At least then I'll know for sure what sort of fixture I have and such.
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:04 pm

I finally got him a new hood to go with the new tank ! It's not the perfect size? Only 30 inches across- but it fills in plenty of space in the tank !

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Here's the new hood and bulb !

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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:19 pm

Ok so I see him is he able to sit directly under it and it should be 6-8 inches since it's a T 8-- any behavior change?
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:22 pm

As of now no- everything was just bought today and he hasn't changed much since putting it in maybe- an hour ago.. I don't think he can sit directly under it as of now- not until I can get something makeshift to put under it or get something else (i spent the last bit of my cash on the hood)
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:33 pm

Ok so moving or getting decor might be easier-- but you definitely want him under it 6-8 inches and cover off the bulb-- bulb needs to be exposed+- and bulb should be changed out in 6 months
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:56 am

Another update! He’s eating a lot better but is still scratching at the sides and running his nose against the glass. I have no idea what else to do at this point aside from taking him to a vet.
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:43 am

Does it look like he's gonna shed? Usually glass surfing means they want out unless there is something w/ lighting and in this case is not the case--
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby GalacticGat0r » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:46 am

He’s been sorta shedding. Only his feet and head have been really coming off but not his body or tail. After he’s been catching up on eating he’s been gradually shedding more and more.
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Re: Bumping and surfing

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:56 am

He's itchy that would be my guess- try bathing him and brushing w/ a soft toothbrush-- see if that doesn't help
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