Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

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Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:31 pm

Hey everyone, I'm concerned about the size of my bearded dragon, hes 12 months old and only 14". Anyone else have this problem?
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 4:36 pm

The lighting in the tank plays a huge roll in growing and diet -- please go over the UVB and basking temps how are you taking them -- dragons will grow at different rates but the lighting and diet are main reasons
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:37 pm

I have a 160 watt basking bulb for him on the right side of the 40 gallon tank hes housed in.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:37 pm

I have a 160 watt basking bulb for him on the right side of the 40 gallon tank hes housed in. The bulb is UVB
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 4:38 pm

So the 160 watt is a MVB? what brand please and where do you have it? top of screen or hanging above on a stand ? Distance of the MVB?
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:40 pm

Its hanging no more than a half inch above the screen. The bulb is exo terra. Its the 160 watt with uvb built into it.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 4:45 pm

Is this a Solar Glo bulb? What are the basking temps w / it that close? For a 160 watt distance should be 14"-16" through a screen -how old is the bulb? I am gonna say he /she is not getting enough UVB - most dont w/ them -- especially thru a screen -- I would look at getting another UVB - a long tube fixture ---- how big is the tank?
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 4:48 pm

Yes its a solar glow and it brings the tank up to 110° f most days. The tank is 3ftx18"x18"
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 4:52 pm

Ok so its a 50 gallon tank ----------I am gonna say the temp is too warm most older dragons like temps 95-100-- does she bask at the hottest point or do you have a gradient heat going for him /her? Do you plan to upgrade to a larger tank ? Like a 75-120 gallon? If so I would invest in a 24" fixture w/a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 bulb --- if not you can go w/ a 18" or 20" fixture w/ a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 -- either way I would add another UVB -- I am thinking she is not getting enough UVB -- the screen is going to block alot of those rays approx 30% --
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 5:09 pm

I have a good temperature gradient its usually roughly 75-80 in the cool spot he also enjoys hid hide in the hot spot. Ive been planning on getting a larger hide which would work as well for basking, cause the tank is a little cluttered.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 5:16 pm

I mean for basking temp gradient the 110 is too hot especially if he's hiding-- I would get your temps fixed and another uvb-- you can adjust the heat by raising the mvb but your going to sacrifice the UVB- this is why another uvb is recommended- she / he will lose more uvb rays-- which is not good-- I would ditch the mvb and get a regular bright white basking bulb and get the T 5 bulb I posted- your going to be better off-- or the dragon will be you will have better control over the heat and UVB
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 5:24 pm

Thank you for the advice. Im going to upgrade his lighting. Is there still a chance to avoid stunted growth at this age?
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 5:29 pm

Once you get the lighting fixed she/ should take off-- dragons do grow at different rates- but good basking temps and good UVB will do wonders along w/ diet-- what are you feeding-- ? I don't think she's stunted but just a little slower
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby Geoff0410 » Thu May 13, 2021 5:44 pm

I am feeding him superworms for protein and his mixture of greens. Which is Collard with a few strawberries on occasion, especially on days he doesnt want his salad.
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Re: Bearded Dragon Only 14" at 12 months.

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 13, 2021 6:03 pm

Please get a staple feeder -- crickets dubia silk or BSFL- super worms are for treats like horn butter or meal worms- I recommend dubias- they are a healthy feeder - I would switch up or add another green like turnip kale or mustard add some squash like yellow or zucchini green beans- I will post some websites for insects/ worms along w/ a nutrition website tomorrow
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