Basking area help

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Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:55 am

Hello
I just set up my new enclosure for my new baby bearded dragon arriving tomorrow. However, I have a concern with the basking area as directly below the bulb there seems to be a shadow, is this normal or what is causing the issue?
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:56 am

I cant see the image - ---https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ click on XIMG at top of message box and post pics
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Re: Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:23 am

Whoops, sorry hopefully it works this time! [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:30 am

What kind of bulb is that ? And is that sand your using for a substrate? I would get rid of it - it causes impaction - if your in the states you can go to Home Depot or Lowes and get textured non adhesive shelf liner for the tank - its easy to clean w/ vinegar/ water 50/50 in a spray bottle and the insects cannot get underneath- is there a UVB you are using?
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Re: Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:38 am

It is a ProRep basking spot lamp.
It’s not sand, it’s a desert soil, was highly recommended by my local reptile specialist.
I have a UVB tube running along the Viv as well
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:45 am

I dont know anything about the Pro Rep basking bulbs - I am understanding the basking bulb should be a bright white basking bulb that can keep temps 105-110 for a baby - you have nothing sitting underneath the bulb so we dont know what that temp is and as far as the substrate it is not recommended any loose substrate as babies tend to lick everything and w/ the substrate being loose hes going to eat alot of it especially when feeding --- what is the UVB your using -- it is recommended only 2/3 of the tank -- your dragon needs to be able to escape the UVB w/ out hiding from it
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Re: Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:50 am

Thanks for the feedback on the substrate, I will definitely rethink the substrate if that’s the case.
Yeah I’m going to pick up a rock for under the basking area tomorrow.
The temps are currently sitting at 100 for the basking area and 85 on the cooler side area.
I’m just concerned at that shadow directly under the basking bulb as I expected it to be light.
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:58 am

Get your rock your getting for basking area make sure you get a temp on that rock as close it looks now it may be too hot -- you need to get a temp w/ either a digital probe sitting on the spot where he will sit and / or a infrared heat gun-- either way you need a accurate temp NO STICK ONS they are totally inaccurate and no digital that sticks to the side of tank - you need one that gets directly on the spot -- cool side of tank should be 80's during the day and not below 65 at nite --- if you have a UVB running full length of tank he will be hiding from it if its too powerful --- you didnt say what your using
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Re: Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:14 pm

I am using a digital probe thermometer. The UVB is Komodo 15W, there is space left where he can escape it too, don’t worry :)
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:19 pm

So do you have the full length of tank ? Its a T 8 it should be mounted in the tank approx 6-8 inches from basking area --
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Re: Basking area help

Postby Enmtr » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:38 pm

No, it is not running the full length of the tank there is sufficient space between this and the basking area
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:50 pm

Ok good -- they need to be able to escape those rays if they want to --- but I would suggest a better substrate for the little one - last thing you want is him / her impacted --- if you haft to use paper towels for the substrate but please NO loose ---
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Re: Basking area help

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:40 pm

If this is the UVB bulb, you may want to consider switching to a T5 or T8 Reptisun 10.0 or Arcadia 10%.

Was this by any chance recommended/sold by the same expert that sold you the substrate?

Here's a good explanatory article about various substrates. Note the chart about 1/4 of the way down. :wink:
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Re: Basking area help

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:44 pm

Also the UVB should be mounted off from the wall so the baby can sit directly under it
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