Tank Placement and Other Newbie Questions

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Tank Placement and Other Newbie Questions

Postby hanmb » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:10 am

I'm getting a baby (2-ish months old) beardie, and I'm trying to find the perfect place for the terrarium. In our bonus room, there's a nice place, but it's next to (not directly in front of) a window. The window faces (almost exactly) north, so no direct sunlight gets in, and it's situated right behind a huge holly bush, so even less light can get in. I've heard people say that putting a glass bearded dragon terrarium next to a window is a huge no-no, but does that change if the window barely lets in any light and heat? I will also probably have a cling background on the tank that will cover all but one side, so the side closest to the window will be covered.

Also, I found a great deal on craigslist for a 75 gallon front-opening tank and a lot of accessories (climbing branches, food bowl, etc) for $175. I have also been looking at the $1 per gallon sale at PetCo so I could get a 20 gallon tank for $20 or 30 gallon tank for $30, to go the smaller, economy route. Which should I go for? Should I go ahead and get the big, fancy tank to prepare for my beardie's adulthood, or should I go for the smaller tank and upgrade later?

Thanks so much for your help!! (:
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Re: Tank Placement and Other Newbie Questions

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:39 am

Near the window probably won't cause a problem as long as a lot of light isn't coming in and getting to the enclosure. If you keep a close eye on the temps or even get a thermostat to control the basking light it will help minimize problems with temp fluctuations in the room. I recommend keeping the enclosure in a main room of the house with plenty of activity. They're curious little guys and tend to like to be around the action (based on what I've seen, they all have unique personalities so this isn't necessarily universal).

As far as the enclosure goes, I'd definitely go for the larger one with the front opening doors. The doors are a huge help. The larger tank doesn't tend to be a big deal for little guys. It will provide more space for climbing areas and spots to explore. I'd start with that and see how he settles.
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Re: Tank Placement and Other Newbie Questions

Postby claudiusx » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:45 am

Agreed! And make sure you sanitize any used tank well first :)

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Re: Tank Placement and Other Newbie Questions

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:21 pm

I agree and have input on the window thing --- the glass will be a little harder to keep warm next or in front of the window - especially in winter so I would recommend what Brandon and CooperDragon said but go w/ that 75 gallon tank
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