New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

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New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby zalaman » Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:00 am

Hi my friend is going to buy a baby bearded dragon she has a ZM ReptiHabitat Bearded Dragon tank with a fine mesh top, what would you recommend for uvb? arcadia or reptisun t5 ho? Please could someone advise as to the strength and distance from inside the tank as i believe it cannot go on the outside because it is fine mesh, tank measurements below

20 gallon (long) glass terrarium 30"x 12"x 12" (76x30x30cm) with sliding screen top

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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:16 am

Ok well its good your getting the UVB now --- for a 20 gallon I would get a Zoo Med 24" fixture and use the 5.0 bulb that comes w/ that fixture --- its basically a T 8 w/ the 5.0 bulb and would be good for the 20 gallon-- your going to need to take part of the sliding screen off or butt it up to the UVB width wise for now --- the 20 gallon will not last long as they grow pretty fast so you will need to upgrade the tank by the time hes around 6 months old or so --- then you will need to change out the 5.0 bulb to a 10.0 T 5 bulb --- the distance for the 5.0 for the 20 gallon is 6-8 inches so you would need a piece of decor to sit directly under the 5.0 w/ NO screen - its not strong enough to go thru the screen - please ask if you have anymore questions
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby zalaman » Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:54 am

Thanks for the info, she has not bought the dragon yet she wants the right setup first. :D
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:07 pm

I gathered that if you need more help please ask-- I would look at starting w/ a 40 gallon she will be in that tank longer than the 20
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby zalaman » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:07 pm

she is actually going to buy this tank now and have a setup he can grow with, can you let me know what uvb and best placement please> i beleive it is a fine mesh top and at what distance tank link below,
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https://www.internetreptile.com/exo-ter ... erm=THT034
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:08 pm

I gathered that if you need more help please ask-- I would look at starting w/ a 40 gallon she will be in that tank longer than the 20 and ease DO NOT buy a "kit" waste of money
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:17 pm

Is it a 36 gallon tank? She will need to upgrade for sure-- the fixture I posted earlier will work- you can get a Arcadia 12% UVB bulb they are excellent bulbs--- you will need a bright white basking bulb that keeps temps 105-110 F for a baby and that temp needs to be taken w/ a digital probe thermometer -- Stick ons are inaccurate--- also the Zoo Med fixture will fit the bulb as well 22"
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby zalaman » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:31 pm

Thanks karrie,

Forgot to mention my mistake she is buying a rankins dragon! thanks for the info. could you recommend a suitable basking bulb they all seem to have a yellowish tint im also in the uk, :D :D
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:20 pm

You want something like this
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Exo-Terra-PT21 ... 957&sr=8-8
NO yellow or off white -- I use these in my tanks --
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby zalaman » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:35 pm

thanks carrie, your knowledge is invaluable,

:D :D

Just a thought could the mesh be cut in the lid so the uvb beam is directly in the tank as supposed to putting it in the tank?
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:40 pm

Your welcome --- there are many others on here that can help w/ the Rankins breed -- I am not familiar w/ them -- so if you have specific questions we need to have them answer
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Re: New tank for baby bearded dragon, Uvb question.

Postby AHBD » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:35 pm

Hi there, the Rankin's can be set up just like a bearded dragon and the 36 gal. will be fine for the Rankin's since they get to about 11-12" as adults. I agree with Karrie's recommendations on the lighting . Enjoy the new baby. :)
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