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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:01 pm

Yes-- look at the website I sent you
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby AHBD » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:37 pm

That's a really nice looking tank,, I like the big basking log . :) When you set up the uvb fixture inside keep in mind that it needs to be on the same side as the basking bulbs. That tank IS big enough to have another lower watt basking bulb on the left side as well but it's not absolutely necessary. And this is the uvb bulb that Karrie was referring , first link is the light, second is the fixture :

https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... vb-t5.html

https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... -hood.html

You'll need at least the 24" light. You could still go with something from Petco but make sure it's the right size + good strength.
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:56 pm

hunterkevin8 wrote:I tried a 100 watt and I can only get temp up to 80 on the basking spot. But for the other half of the tank it was around 50 to 60 degrees.

I agree the enclosure should be up off the floor. Mine is on a standard 72" x 30" folding table I got off craigslist.

There are a couple of ways of raising enclosure temperatures in general. One is to add more heat, whether via lights or ceramic heat emitter (CHE). The other is to reduce heat loss by insulating the back, sides, and top (except for lighting and ventilation). It looks like you may have some insulation on top already. Half-inch thick rigid foam insulation (white, pink, or blue) works well, as does a similar thickness of layers of corrugated board with the flutes alternating direction in each layer. Insulation can be painted or otherwise decorated, and use your background poster between the glass and the insulation.

I have a 3/4" plywood enclosure (provides same insulating value as 1/2" rigid foam) 60"L x 24"D x 26"H with glass doors in front. The whole thing is heated to 80° to 90°F (95° to 107°F basking temps) by a single 75W incandescent floodlight bulb. The lights come on at 7am, and by noon, it gets hot enough to activate a thermostatically-controlled muffin fan to draw out excess heat. The point is, insulating can help a LOT. :)

I have the reptile carpet is that fine than using the tiles?

Reptile carpet isn't the worst substrate, but many of us prefer & use ceramic or vinyl floor tile (rough ceramic tile can help keep nails short without clipping). Here are some articles on choosing the best/safest substrate for you.

The Best (And Safest) Substrates for Bearded Dragons
Choosing The Best Substrate for a Bearded Dragon
Choosing the Best Substrate for Bearded Dragons (I find the table particularly useful)
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby hunterkevin8 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:17 am

I just brought some good tiles from, home depot https://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile ... /202898743 later I wanna add the back wall that looks like this https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Gold-Ru ... /303422125. I already have a back wall but it looks too aquatic. What's a good timer that will stop the bulb when the temp is right and will also turn off and turn on the flare/ceramic heat emitter. And would this insulation work https://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Corni ... /207179253
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:45 am

hunterkevin8 wrote:I just brought some good tiles from, home depot https://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile ... /202898743 later I wanna add the back wall that looks like this https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Gold-Ru ... /303422125. I already have a back wall but it looks too aquatic. What's a good timer that will stop the bulb when the temp is right and will also turn off and turn on the flare/ceramic heat emitter. And would this insulation work https://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Corni ... /207179253

That insulation will certainly work, but I think 1" thick may be overkill and perhaps cumbersome. Half-inch should be sufficient, but it's up to you.

The floor tile you've chosen will require grouting, which (depending on the type of grout) may or may not require periodic sealing to prevent absorbing stains & odors (if unopened it's returnable) . Large (12" x 24") tiles--cut if necessary--placed snug against each other (over a moisture barrier like non-adhesive shelf liner taped at seams & borders) won't require grout and are easily removable for cleaning if necessary. That's a personal aesthetic choice up to you.

The wall tiles look fine. I didn't know they made/sold self-adhesive! I used the this one.

Timing may be a bit more complicated. I can tell you what I used, but others may have other/better options. I used two of these; one for basking & plants, another for UVB--set to turn on an hour after the basking light, and turn off an hour before the basking light (to sort of simulate the sun rising & setting). I control the enclosure temps with a thermostatically-controlled ultra-quiet muffin fan installed behind the vent on the hot side. If the enclosure temp goes above 90°F the fan turns on until the temp drops to 88°F. I got the fan & control stuff here. I don't recall the exact models, but they have lots of options, and were very helpful guiding us through it on the phone. It was plug-n-play, but I did have to hard wire my basking light because of the particular fixture I chose. :wink:
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:06 am

Hunterkevin sorry if I missed it but do you already the stand or whatever you are going to put this tank on ? You'll need something really sturdy . I would use non adhesive shelf liner rather than tile for a couple of reasons. Your enclosure is already going to be very heavy, plus the shelf liner won't be as hard on the feet as tile is. Tile is actually more unnatural because most beardies just don't live on hard rock. It's good to have a flat rock or 2 in the tank to file the nails down though.
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby hunterkevin8 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:19 am

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I got everything setup and got my baby bearded dragon[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:53 am

What I see looks really nice, but can't tell if it's finished--mostly because I can't see any front doors, but if they're there, then it's even cooler. 8)

Love the log--what kind of wood is it?

Can you tell us what's going on on the right side?

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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby hunterkevin8 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:47 am

I don't know what kidn of wood it is. What do you mean going on the right side?
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:35 am

hunterkevin8 wrote:I don't know what kidn of wood it is. What do you mean going on the right side?

Sorry. What's going on on the right side (of the enclosure)?

I can't tell what all the equipment is, or if some of it is even inside or outside (and unrelated). I see a black box of some kind in the upper RH corner, and what looks like something hanging in front of it. I also see some kind of white boxy thing resting on the floor (and another in the center back). I see a big gray thing that looks like it's leaning against the inside of the left wall, and some wires taped to the glass behind that.

Is the enclosure finished (i.e. done) or is work still in-progress?
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby Beansauce » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:57 pm

So I fixed most of the problems I had going on with Bean. Hes eating, drinking and the tank in the basking are is up to 97, and I have a night heating lamp on the way. But I have one last question about his UVB. I know what type to get. The tube T5, but where could I get one for a little cheaper. I realy cant afford that right now. And if I cant get one cheaper what else could I use for some time until i can get one of those lights.
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Re: newbie first time buyer bearded dragon

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:23 pm

Go to this website http://www.pangeareptiles.com look under fixtures there is a fixture 24" for $32-- then order the 22" Reptisun bulb the 10.0 T 5 bulb or the Arcadia 12% bulb it is just as good- these people are fast and good -- if it's warm where you are you can take him out in a plastic tote no glass- set him in direct sunlight for 15 minutes per day that will equal out to about 4 hrs of UVB
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