Why is my beardie glass surfing?

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Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:24 am

Hi, I've had my Amber for about 2 weeks now, and she's around 4 months old. Her enclosure is around 2ft x 5ft and she has branches and two hides. I've seen her glass surfing, mostly in the corner (where she also likes to sleep, I read this was normal though), and I put her repti-hammock in the corner in case she wanted to climb, but when she did climb she just glass surfed at the top. She has a heat lamp and a UVB bulb. When I take her out of her enclosure when she's glass surfing she's more calm - is she just bored? What can I do to stop this, if I should?

Edit: She has a water and food bowl in her enclosure and it's never empty. In the food bowl is flukers pellets and dandelion greens
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:54 am

Please post pics of the tank and lighting- what are the basking temps and how are you taking them? Please get rid of the pellets and start feeding fresh greens-- collards turnips mustard kale etc
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:33 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Please post pics of the tank and lighting- what are the basking temps and how are you taking them? Please get rid of the pellets and start feeding fresh greens-- collards turnips mustard kale etc
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Sorry about that. Can't post pictures right now but I will, probably.

Warm side is around 80, cool side is around 65
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:40 pm

80 is not hot enough for basking --- cool side during the day should be 80 not 65 - 65 is good for nite time temp -- how are you taking these temps? Stick ons are totally inaccurate - you need a digital probe therm or and infrared heat gun - please post the pics when you get home today
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:53 pm

KarrieRee wrote:80 is not hot enough for basking --- cool side during the day should be 80 not 65 - 65 is good for nite time temp -- how are you taking these temps? Stick ons are totally inaccurate - you need a digital probe therm or and infrared heat gun - please post the pics when you get home today
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I moved the lights so it would heat it better (hopefully, if not I'll have to buy another che or something).
On the left is a room heater, uvb bulb, and basking lamp, and then on the right is a ceramic heat emitter
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:06 pm

What is the UVB? Is it a all in one? If so what is the brand and bulb wattage? How are you getting temps?
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:15 pm

KarrieRee wrote:What is the UVB? Is it a all in one? If so what is the brand and bulb wattage? How are you getting temps?
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Here's the UVB bulb: https://www.chewy.com/exo-terra-desert- ... /dp/124016

I'm using analog thermometers. I intend to get a heat gun intstead.

Thanks for sticking with me :)
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:25 pm

I think it could be the UVB bulb, I read a post where their beardie was glass surfing and once they got a new bulb the beardie calmed down. I think the temperature increase will help too.
Im thinking of this one: https://www.chewy.com/flukers-sun-spot- ... /dp/129169
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:28 pm

Ok the size of your tank is? The next thing you need to get rid of that coil bulb--- they are no good-- so that is the only light you have in that tank? You need to get rid of the coil and get w Reptisun 10.0 bulb either a T 5 or a T 8 w/ a fixture that has a reflector!!!-- how tall is your tank? Next you need to get a bright white basking bulb - the analog thermometers do they have probes? If not you need probes--- the MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THAT TANK ARE BASKING TEMPS AND A GOOD UVB - or you will have a sick dragon or a dead one-- we can help getting this set up- as of this moment your dragon cannot digest his food or absorb calcium to prevent mbd-- these things are a must and you need it asap
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:29 pm

That bulb is fine but you must be able to get a actual temp where he would sit for a basking temp --- tank size please?
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:35 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Ok the size of your tank is? The next thing you need to get rid of that coil bulb--- they are no good-- so that is the only light you have in that tank? You need to get rid of the coil and get w Reptisun 10.0 bulb either a T 5 or a T 8 w/ a fixture that has a reflector!!!-- how tall is your tank? Next you need to get a bright white basking bulb - the analog thermometers do they have probes? If not you need probes--- the MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THAT TANK ARE BASKING TEMPS AND A GOOD UVB - or you will have a sick dragon or a dead one-- we can help getting this set up- as of this moment your dragon cannot digest his food or absorb calcium to prevent mbd-- these things are a must and you need it asap
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Aa thank you,
Would this
https://www.chewy.com/zilla-t8-reptile- ... /dp/206050
along the cool side and this
https://www.chewy.com/flukers-sun-spot- ... /dp/129169
as the basking spot work?
Also is there anything I should be doing differently while I wait? I'll switch out the UVB with a fixture that has at least some sort of reflector - other than that I'm not sure
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:44 pm

Sorry for not responding with dimensions, just measured my tank.

Lwh is "48 x "12 1/2 x "20 1/2
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:55 pm

Can you get a zilla 24" you need that size for a T 5- get the Reptisun 10.0 - T 5 you can put that on top of your screen approx 8-10 inches from basking decor-- it is one of the best bulbs on the market--- the 100 watt bulb is trial and error- you need a probe to get actual basking temps- if there is a cover on the fixture take it off and leave it off-- for best effect of the UVB rays-- If you get a T 8 it would need to go inside the tank those bulbs are not strong enough to go thru the screen--
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:57 pm

If you are in a warm area you can take Amber out in a plastic tote no glass- let her sit in direct sunlight for 15 minutes---- that will equal out to around 4 hrs of UVB
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Re: Why is my beardie glass surfing?

Postby Knightshade » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:03 pm

KarrieRee wrote:If you are in a warm area you can take Amber out in a plastic tote no glass- let her sit in direct sunlight for 15 minutes---- that will equal out to around 4 hrs of UVB
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I'll get the T5 and put it on the lid, Ill make a half platform for her to be closer to the bulb too if she wants.

I live in Washington - so around 3pm its was 50 Fahrenheit today. I could open my patio door and shine a heat lamp on her while she's on my lap in the doorway?
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