Concern for baby beardie

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Concern for baby beardie

Postby noipownsonic » Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:31 am

I have a four month old beardie named Zoey that I love to death. I recently (about three days ago) moved her into a new 55 gallon tank, and she hasn't really been the same since. She's gotten much darker and refuses to move from her hammock, which is closest to the basking spot. She REFUSES to move to any other side of the tank, so I'm worried she's not getting UVB. She's also been more stubborn with eating her veggies, but that might just be bearded dragon eating habits.
What concerns me the most is that she won't sleep in her tank. I'll put on her night heater that I made sure didn't emit seeable light, and she'll just cling to the side of the hammock. I made sure that I have the correct UVB, basking, and night heater, but she refuses. The only time she'll become active or sleep is when I take her out of her tank to play. I'd let her sleep with me, but she's so small, it's winter, and I have two cats and a door that doesn't close. I don't know what to do and I'm really worried because she means the world to me. Am I doing something wrong?? Should I take her to the vet??
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby AHBD » Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:24 am

Hi there, your baby is going through relocation stress and will get over it in time so just be patient. Being moved to a new tank will do it, is it in the same room ? Definitely do NOT let her sleep with you, they can get killed that way . Can you post pics of the tank showing the lights as well ? But no, Zoey doesn't need a vet, she just needs time to adjust , this is pretty common. She'll be O.K
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby noipownsonic » Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:07 am

AHBD wrote:Hi there, your baby is going through relocation stress and will get over it in time so just be patient. Being moved to a new tank will do it, is it in the same room ? Definitely do NOT let her sleep with you, they can get killed that way . Can you post pics of the tank showing the lights as well ? But no, Zoey doesn't need a vet, she just needs time to adjust , this is pretty common. She'll be O.K

Thank you so much for replying, here's my setup. I just put it in so it's going to be upgraded soon with a different substrate and more enrichment, it's in the same room as before!! blob:https://mail.google.com/2ca07850-a6e3-44c1-9bf0-7aafd12bc598
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby AHBD » Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:02 am

I forgot to add the link for posting pics, yours did not show up :

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby noipownsonic » Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:21 am

AHBD wrote:I forgot to add the link for posting pics, yours did not show up :
https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload them

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Sorry about that, is this good??
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby AHBD » Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:27 am

Yes the pics showed up now. :) A 55 gal.. is a tall tank and you need to put another 1-2 large basking logs in there so Zoey can get closet to the uvb. What type of uvb bulb is it ?
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby noipownsonic » Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:33 am

AHBD wrote:Yes the pics showed up now. :) A 55 gal.. is a tall tank and you need to put another 1-2 large basking logs in there so Zoey can get closet to the uvb. What type of uvb bulb is it ?

I think it's called a T8 10.0 ubv bulb?? It's 17 watts.
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby loljelloclowdz » Tue Jan 26, 2021 7:34 pm

Baby Beardies are like snacks to many animals so they instinctively will climb to the highest point possible. Don’t worry, this is completely normal behavior and means that your beardie still has survival instincts in mind. I’d get a high uvb basking platform so she will feel safe if she wants to go over there. Also I do not recommend those types of hammocks as they break toes and are impossible to clean. You can make one out of fleece by simply cutting a triangle that fits in the tank & tying on the suction cups.
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:30 am

I think it's called a T8 10.0 ubv bulb?? It's 17 watts.
Your T 8 needs to be inside the tank I cant tell because of the glare but it should be inside your tank w/ NO clear plastic cover over the bulb and approx 6-8 inches directly over the basking spot -- T 8's need to be changed out every 6 months I recommend a month prior to -- you can use these to hang w/
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Re: Concern for baby beardie

Postby noipownsonic » Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:28 am

loljelloclowdz wrote:Baby Beardies are like snacks to many animals so they instinctively will climb to the highest point possible. Don’t worry, this is completely normal behavior and means that your beardie still has survival instincts in mind. I’d get a high uvb basking platform so she will feel safe if she wants to go over there. Also I do not recommend those types of hammocks as they break toes and are impossible to clean. You can make one out of fleece by simply cutting a triangle that fits in the tank & tying on the suction cups.

Thank you so much for telling me, I'll get a new one asap!!
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