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Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby petitchou » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:13 am

Hello, my daughter recently got a bearded dragon that she's been wanting for a while, his name is Bruni. I was hoping we could get some input on the current setup. We're still getting into a routine of feeding and seeing what he likes best. Below are a few questions we're needing help with. Any information would be greatly appreciated!

The bulb that's inside is a Zoo Med 26061 Reptisun 10.0 T5-Ho Uvb 24W Fluorescent Lamp, 22". Should I remove the plastic cover or leave it on?

We have a ceramic heater that we've been leaving on at night and a daytime heat bulb for the day. Should we shut off the ceramic heater at night so it gets "cold"? Temps are being measured with a digital heat gun. At the top of the log, where he does most of his basking, sits between 95-105F.

He seems to be adjusting pretty well so far, only thing we haven't really done but once is to try and give him a "bath" for him to re-hydrate. He had no interest in the water, going to try again this weekend.
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby DragonPete » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:40 am

Welcome to you and your baby beardie!
Being a newbie, I'll leave your questions to those with more than a couple months exp like me. 😆
You've figured out how to post pics, your ahead of most! Lol! Love to see more of the little guy/girl.
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby petitchou » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:04 pm

Here's a closer pic from tonight, he's little...

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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:20 pm

Cover needs to be off the fixture and fixture needs to have a reflector- UVB should be 12-15 inches from basking decor-- temps at nite should not fall below 65 at nite--- brumi should be fed vegies everyday- salads greens like mustard kale collards and turnips are good staple feeders along w/ squash yellow zuccinni butternut shredded- fruit occasionally- if he's eating those salads rinse them before serving and he will get moisture there also make sure your feeding gutloaded bugs- like crickets or dubias+ I recommend dubias better nutrition and they are easier to care for- I can give you some websites and ideas on how to get him to eat his salads-- I will post them tomorrow
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby destiny1998 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:22 pm

Hi. Definitely take the plastic cover off. It's blocking the uvb rays. Beardies like it cool and complete darkness to sleep. No heat unless your house gets below 65 at night.
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:06 am

Here are some websites for feeders
www.dubiaroaches.com-- I order from here most times- they also have butter worms horn worms - used to lure to the salad bowl - horn worms grow reallllllllllly fast - so order if you do low amounts
https://symtonbsf.com/ order large they are small - great staple feeder and you dont need to dust w/ calcium
http://www.mulberryfarms.com/
www.abdragons.com
www.joshfrogs.com
If you need more help or more info please ask
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby DragonPete » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:55 am

petitchou wrote:Here's a closer pic from tonight, he's little...

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So adorable! 😃

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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby petitchou » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:29 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Cover needs to be off the fixture and fixture needs to have a reflector- UVB should be 12-15 inches from basking decor-- temps at nite should not fall below 65 at nite--- brumi should be fed vegies everyday- salads greens like mustard kale collards and turnips are good staple feeders along w/ squash yellow zuccinni butternut shredded- fruit occasionally- if he's eating those salads rinse them before serving and he will get moisture there also make sure your feeding gutloaded bugs- like crickets or dubias+ I recommend dubias better nutrition and they are easier to care for- I can give you some websites and ideas on how to get him to eat his salads-- I will post them tomorrow
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Thanks Karrie, took the cover off the light, it's currently 8.5in from the top of the log where here usually basks. Not sure if I can get it 12-15in away with having it in the tank, should we step it down to a T8? Still experimenting with veggies but he actively eats crickets and bsfl. We're trying grow the bsfl larger based on an article published here. Thanks for the links!
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Re: Greetings from Indianapolis, we're new!!!

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:59 pm

Is there a reflector on the fixture --- 8.5 inches might be too close for a T 5 but would be good for a T 8--- also you need to get your baby to eat fresh salads now - they are a stinker when they get older and wont eat them when they need to be eating them - get a glass bowl and add your BSFL to the salads and add some small super worms if you can find them or wax worms 1-3 it will entice her / him to the bowl - feed first thing in the morning - feed your staple feeder crickets pull a leg off so they cant jump out of the bowl dubias work best as they cant get out - an hr after feeding the salad --- you want him in that bowl eating those worms and veggies ---
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