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Basking

Postby zachburnav » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:47 am

Hello everyone. I realized I had been underfeeding Tokyo slighltly for a few weeks. I would give him salad, then a small portion of dubias, then a large one. He is about 6 months old i think. I'll start giving him 2 large portions a day with 3/4" bsfl mixed in, should this be fine, and do you think he will catch up if he had lost some growth?
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Re: Basking

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:06 am

Sure he'll be fine. Especially if he has been eating the salads and getting a nice balance of nutrients that way.
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Re: Basking

Postby zachburnav » Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:21 am

He barely ever finished it but it was almost every day that he ate about half or a bit more. Also, I have a hammock set up for him to bask, but he doesnt use it that much. Instead he lays on the side of his food bowl, which is also pretty close to the basking lamp, but not as close where ideal temps are present. Could it be that he likes a more solid surface to lay on? Or perhaps it's because he poops on that hammock? (I keep it clean tho)
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Re: Basking

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:15 pm

Half a salad is pretty good for a little one. As far as the basking goes, he may just prefer the hard surface over the hammock. He may prefer slightly cooler temps too. Try setting up a flat piece of driftwood or maybe a flat smooth rock as a basking spot and see how that goes over. Might take a bit of adjustment and then watching his reaction to see what he prefers most.
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Re: Basking

Postby zachburnav » Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:16 pm

Ok ill try that thanks for the replies
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Re: Basking

Postby zachburnav » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:07 pm

So update: I did end up switching to a harder surface and monitored him for a while, and he basks a lot more now. But since I haven't used rocks for basking yet I'm not sure how hot tue rock has to be, since it gets hotter than a hammock. The cool side ambient air temp is 75-80 (a bit low?), the ambient air on the basking side is something more like 85-89 (too low as well?) If I lay the probe directly on the rock it shows 107, but the rock feels hotter to the touch than that, perhaps the probe is just picking up air temp. Say if I were to be using one of those thermometer guns, pointed directly at the rock, what should the temp be? (My first tike using new colors and underlining, I'm excited LOL)
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Re: Basking

Postby lin66 » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:02 am

My pancake likes to straddle his food dish or a rock when he needs to poop. Maybe Tokyo is the same.
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