My bearded dragon will not eat

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My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby tweber56 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:58 am

My bearded dragon is 2 months old and it has been 3 days since he/she ate anything. On Friday I gave him/her some small mealworms and they got thrown up. So I waited to feed him/her until the next day and he/she wasn’t interested. So I took him/her out to soak in some Luke warm water so I could rehydrate him/her to see if he/she will eat after but nothing. This morning he/she ate 3 crickets and only ate a couple greens (turnip, mustard and collard greens) the past couple of days. His/her activity is normal, lays in the hammock basking and on the log I have that’s also apart of the basking spot. Also he/she runs around every once and awhile. I was just wondering if someone could help me out because I’m worried that since he/she threw up those meal worms that my bearded dragons sick. Thanks


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20 gallon long
Paper towel as substrate
105 degree basking spot
Reptisun 10.0 24inch t8 bulb mounted inside the tank
100 watt basking bulb on top of the screen
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:47 am

You got a good UVB but I think your over powering him w/ the UVB --- I have a 20 gallon long tank and used a T 8 but it was on top of tank and no screen - basking spot was around 6- 8 inches ---- what does he do when hes in that tank w/ the UVB does he sit under it or is he hiding ? Please NO more meal worms --- they are too hard on his stomach --- you can give 2-3 small super worms / day on top of his vegies in the morning --- FIRST--- then feed him his bugs around an hr or so later --- but you want him eating vegies now -- if you feed bugs first he will only eat bugs later when he needs his vegies so its best to train him now eating them--- is there other parts of basking spot where they are not 105 ? If he has a basking area w/ a gradient as to where he can pick to sit and bask would be good --- you will need to upgrade that tank soon he wont be in that 20 gallon long --- I just moved my baby out yesterday to a 120 gallon --- he is doing good - he is eating like a champ and basking -- didnt seem to phase him too bad---- relocation stress happens but hes doing good -- can you take the screen off the tank and leave it off ??? Meaning no cats or dogs can get to him --- here is a pic of the 20 gallon I was using
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the light hanging was a heat emitter I was using for the first few days
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby tweber56 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:56 am

He sits in front of it. It’s mounted on the back of the tank with Velcro facing the front of the tank. Also I cannot leave the lid off because I have a cat. Yes there is a basking gradient he has a log leaning on the hammock that he basks on and he can move up and down the log and onto the hammock as he pleases
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:21 pm

What is the distance for the UVB? If its too close its going to effect his behavior--- I am thinking the UVB takes the whole length of the tank ? Its too much UVB for such a small tank --- I just used a 18" and it was good --- the one you have now will be good for the next tank ---- just dont get a tank that the UVB runs the whole length of tank --- 2/3 of tank is what is recommended -- other wise you will have issues again --- he will be hiding from it --- so do what you can w/ the UVB and distance but you need to get it fixed soon other wise he will continue not to eat --- that UVB should not be closer than 6-8 inches and your not working w/ very much height--- I would move him to a room where you can close the door get the screen off and keep the cat out---- I have 5 cats and my tank had the lid off but I had the tank sitting to where the cats could not get to him---- but I have never had a issue w/ the cats getting on top of my tanks anyway so---
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby tweber56 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:26 pm

The uvb light is like 4 inches from where he basks at. So should I put it onto of the tank with the lid off?
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:34 pm

It is too close --- put it on top of tank w/ screen off measure distance of where he sits for UVB --- if you haft to use different decor to get distance down --- you dont want him that close
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby tweber56 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:40 pm

Okay thank you appreciate your input. Also another thing do you suggest me upgrading to a 38x18x18 now or wait a little more longer till he gets a little bigger
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:51 pm

No I would put him in it as soon as you can --- that is a 55 gallon? I just moved mine into a 120 gallon- your UVB will need to go into the tank approx 6-8 inches from his basking area -- I used the T 8 18" for my 55 gallon and it worked fine--- if you cant get the basking area and UVB on the same side of tank dont worry about it they will go between lights as to what they need -- hopefully your 55 gallon has front doors???? mine did and they are hard to find --- I managed to get it from Petsmart when they had them on sale for $150 but that was years ago --- here is a pic of my little dude now in his tank -- Blaze
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Re: My bearded dragon will not eat

Postby tweber56 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:54 pm

Okay will do sweet set up, thank you for your time I appreciate all the help
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