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Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:17 pm

So I recently got a bearded dragon, which i had been wanting for a while. And i am curious, should i have any sort of night light?
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:24 pm

Welcome--- no nite lights -- no coil UVB's and no Sand! Please ask questions if you have them
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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:28 pm

Thank you so much! Im just wondering out of curiosity, why are night lights ruled out?
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:38 pm

They disturb their sleep and can cause long term eye damage--- if you need help w/ lighting feeding etc please ask- there are a lot of experienced beardie owners here
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Re: Im new to this

Postby claudiusx » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:44 pm

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Re: Im new to this

Postby claudiusx » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:46 pm

Hi there,

Yup, no night lights :) you wouldnt like to sleep with a giant light over you, dragons dont either :) they sleep best in darkness.

If you need to add supplemental heat at night to the tank, you can use a ceramic heat emitter. this produce heat but no light. And you only really need this of your house drops below 65 at night.

Feel free to ask any questions you have :)

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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:00 pm

Thank you so much! Also, my dragons poop has been runny for the past two days...what does that imply?
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:04 pm

What does his diet look like? What are his basking temps and how are you taking them? NO stick ons they are inaccurate- you need a digital probe thermometer or / and infrared heat gun--- what are you using for a UVB? lighting and basking temps are the two most crucial things in that tank - it controls the digestion and absorption of calcium and over all health of your dragon
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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:07 pm

He is mostly eating live insects right now for he is a 2 month old. Im using a zoom med UVB Deep Dome and the tem is usually around 90-100
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:11 pm

That did not tell me anything as far as a UVB --- is it a tube or coil-- either take a pic of the tank and lighting or look on the bulb and tell me what it is-- and how are you getting the 90-100 temp --- for a baby he needs temps 105-110--- also he should be getting a salad every day --- here is a site for nutrition http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:17 pm

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. This is the UBV im currently using. And what would be good for a salad? I have. Been feeding him veggies but he tends to be fuzzy about it
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:23 pm

Ok so not knowing exactly what that is I can tell you it needs to be replaced ---- you need to get a fixture / hood w/ a reflector you can get one from here for $32 http://www.pangeareptiles.com get a 24" fixture - I dont know what size tank your using but if you need to upgrade it will go right into a bigger tank next you need to get this bulb a Reptisun 10.0 either the T 5 or a T 8 they require certain distances so please let us know what you get so we can help w/ placement of the UVB --- if you have a real small tank like 20 gallon I recommend getting the T 8 bulb for now - later you can upgrade the bulb to a T 5 if you want --- next his basking temps how are you taking them? Its most helpful if we can see the tank and lighting ----------- I can help w/ the eating of the vegies - and getting him to eat them ---
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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:39 pm

Thank you, i would really appreciate the help with the diet. Im using this because it was what i was instructed by the employee at PetSmart...they told me to place them as so and said the temperature would be ok as long as it was between 90-100 since the store temp was 25 [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Im new to this

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:59 pm

Ok first rule of thumb do not listen to the pet smart people they should not be selling things they have no knowledge of ----------- more times they kill the dragon --- next get the UVB replaced ASAP-- what size tank is that ? is it a 20 gallon ---? You dragon will not eat if the lighting and basking temps are not correct in that tank --- so lets get the lighting fixed first - then your dragon will eat like a champ-- get a probe thermometer from petsmart $5 place it on the decor you have under the basking bulb let it sit there for 10 minutes then get the temp - it needs to be 105-110-- you will haft to upgrade that tank soon - they grow fast and he wont be in that small tank long - I recommend getting as big a tank as you can afford - you can look on craigslist or FB market watch for tanks and I recommend getting a tank w/ front doors - If you can afford a new tank let me know I can give you some websites for new ones - if you decide to go w/ a used on make sure you sanitize it real good before use -- but first lets get the UVB replaced and work on getting him to eat - he will go thru relocation stress so thats gonna slow that appetite down -- you want to get some BSFL from here
www.symtonbsf.com - order large and do not dust them - they are calcium enriched feed as many as you want they area great staple feeder- also try and find some small super worms since hes so young he wont be able to eat anything bigger till hes bigger - take a glass bowl and put your greens in I posted a website for nutrition take some of the BSFL as many as you want and put them on top of his salad let him see you do this the movement will get him to that bowl - worms are great enticers NO Mealworms - they are too hard on the babys stomach-- you can use wax worms but use sparingly they are like candy to them and fattening - feed his salad first thing in the morning --- let him eat from the bowl for like an hr or so - rinse your greens before serving so he gets moisture from them - after hes eaten from the bowl then take a few greens out so he can see the bugs you add to the bowl - if your using crickets disable them take a leg off - I recommend dubia roaches they are the most healthful staple feeder - you can order them from here www.https://reptilesupply.com/collections/s ... s-for-sale I checked this website you can get the super worms from here --- you can also get dubias from here as well - butter worms I think they are out but the are a good worm to feed as well - get that UVB changed out and if you need more help or want more help please ask - we want your guy eating and growing
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Re: Im new to this

Postby MilaN » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:20 pm

Thank you so much for the help, i have truly been worried sick. I just want to give him the best life posible. Could you post a picture of the type of theremometer? Ive been searching for it and can’t seem to find it
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