Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

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Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby mingapinguino » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:00 am

My beardie is around 2 and half years old and is eating and behaving fine except for the fact its beard spikes are turning transparent slowly. Are they dying and going to fall off? Its cage is around 4 feet long, 1,6 deep and tall. Basking spot is around 100 F and cool spot around 70. The UVB is provided by a t8 10.0 Sylvania tube

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Re: Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:23 am

Hi there, that's just hhow they loook when going to shed. BTW, Sylvania is not a uvb bulb, did you mean a different brand ?
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Re: Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby mingapinguino » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:30 am

AHBD wrote:Hi there, that's just hhow they loook when going to shed. BTW, Sylvania is not a uvb bulb, did you mean a different brand ?

Phew! Thank you very much, I was thinking they were dying since they lost their vibrant orange colour and are almost see-through.
Yeah sorry, I meant an Arcadia 10%+ uvb lamp (t8 600mm 24" 18 watt tube). It has burning for around 2 weeks so it's brand new. Is it a good lamp? Unfortunately I cannot have easy access to reptisun 10.0 tubes where I live and I had to make do with this brand. So far the dragon looks okay and its behaviour hasn't changed
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Re: Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:49 am

You're welcome. :) And yes, Arcadia's a good bulb but the t8 is not as strong as t5. Can you post a pic of your enclosure ? Sometimes you need to mount the t8 inside under the screen like this using wire.

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg
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Re: Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby mingapinguino » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:54 am

AHBD wrote:You're welcome. :) And yes, Arcadia's a good bulb but the t8 is not as strong as t5. Can you post a pic of your enclosure ? Sometimes you need to mount the t8 inside under the screen like this using wire.

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg


I know that and that's why the bulb is inside the enclosure, around 6 inches away from the nearest point. I'm planning to switch to a t5 but I'm afraid it could be too powerful for its eyes
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Re: Bearded dragon spikes going transparent

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:01 am

Sounds good ! No need for a t5 then but since your tank is so large it would help to cover more area.
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