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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby MrJunez » Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:31 am

KarrieRee wrote:If you get the 24" fixture now you can use the 5.0 bulb that comes w/ it--- then when you upgrade you will need to buy the 22" 10.0 bulb-- $20 -- the 14" will work on the 20 gallon but when you move the dragon into a bigger tank you will then need to upgrade the fixture as well --- a 14" will not work in a bigger tank --- I would spend the extra $10 from pangea and get the 24" you can use that bulb that comes w/ it --- please let us know what you do and we can help place the fixture when you get it


I decided to get a Exo Terra 150UVB because my friend has a beardie that she took care of for 4 years so I trust her. I plan to upgrade the fixature as he gets big along with the Tank. How long do these bulbs last? will he be bigger by the time the blub needs replacing?
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:52 am

Yes and I believe it's 6 months-- he will need the tank and coil upgraded by then -
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:57 am

The UVB150 is good as long as you have the 26w version (the 13w is too weak). That should be good enough until you get a larger enclosure down the line.
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby MrJunez » Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:17 pm

CooperDragon wrote:The UVB150 is good as long as you have the 26w version (the 13w is too weak). That should be good enough until you get a larger enclosure down the line.


The Light works well, As soon as I put the light on he started becoming more active and alert, He is now wanting to eat alot more, he also doesn't stay in one spot anymore and sometimes runs around picking up food. I'm happy with the results. I gotten a Exo terra 150UVB 26w since my friend told me she used 150 for her dragon as a baby and you guys tell me the same so I went with it and it does have amazing results, thank you!. Tomorrow the rest comes so he can have his multi vitamins , Cal with D3, Repashy grub pie
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:47 am

That's great to hear! I've tested that bulb and found it to be pretty decent in terms of output. Sounds like he'll be in good shape for a while =).
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby MrJunez » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:17 pm

CooperDragon wrote:That's great to hear! I've tested that bulb and found it to be pretty decent in terms of output. Sounds like he'll be in good shape for a while =).


Here is another question, so the beginner zoo med kit came with a 75w basking bulb is that enough? its going to be summer here and my room often gets hot, the scary thing is there are rarely days where its very humid so would I need a dehumidifier?
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Re: New Beardie Owner need answers

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:25 pm

The basking bulb may be enough. That really depends on the surface temps you measure. It's best to use an IR temp gun or a digital thermometer with a probe you can set on the basking surface (or both). You want the surface of the basking area to be around 100-105 or so with areas around that in the 90s and a gradient down to 75-80ish on the cool side. The wattage needed to achieve this varies quite a bit between enclosures, so you'll need to make adjustments based on your readings.

As far as humidity goes, I don't worry about it too much. In the summer as long as the room doesn't feel too humid to you, then it's probably OK for your dragon. If it does feel humid then you can use a dehumidifier in the room if you wish. Their natural habitat can range between around 30-60% humidity (roughly) so they can be pretty adaptable in that regard.
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