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Basking and ambient temp too low (Need dome / bulb suggestions)

Good afternoon,

My bearded dragon is approximately five years old and is living in about a 50 gallon tank, that has a height of about 17 inches. The light fixtures rest on top of a mesh cover. I have the recommended reptisun 10.0 uvb light strip, along with a regular dome fixture that is compatible with 150w bulbs. The last couple months, my bearded dragon has had problems passing stool and I have been trying to trouble shoot the problem and in the process, make the enclosure better suited for my beardie. The problem I'm currently running into, is even with the 150 watt bulbs I'm having trouble getting the temperatures to reach the basking area. I have a thermometer sitting on the basking rock that currently reads 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a problem. I have read through all of the forms on this page about increasing the basking area temperature, but have not found any concrete information to remedy a solution aside from one helpful tidbit about wrapping the tank in blankets for added insulation and to make a raised platform, but that does not help for the ambient temperature. Focusing on the basking area temperature first, I believe the solution is going to be to find a new dome fixture that better concentrates the heat. I wanted to know, if any of the people in this community have had the same issues I'm having and what fixtures they are using, or which dome fixtures would be best for concentrating heat. The second part of my problem is the ambient temperature, its currently 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside of my home, so the temperatures tend to stay on the lower side, especially at night. I have always used a night light, but while doing research trying to find out more information to increase the temperatures at night, I found that using lights at night can actually be detrimental to a bearded dragons health, as it keeps them from entering a natural sleep cycle. I'm looking into getting a ceramic bulb to heat the enclosure at night, but need a suggestion on what fixture would be best, keeping in mind that temperatures dip quite significantly in the winter in the northeast. As mentioned in the beginning, she is five years old and has been happy and healthy over the past four winters, but I feel even though there are not visible signs of stress, the added ambient heat and added basking area heat will make for a better quality of life and help her pass stool more easily, if anyone has any suggestions or advice please don't be afraid to reach out. I'm trying to give my beardie the best possible life. Also, I know it was asked in other threads so wanted to provide more context, the brands of bulb I use are almost exclusively zilla.

Thank you all

Jon
 

KarrieRee

BD.org Sicko
Good afternoon,

My bearded dragon is approximately five years old and is living in about a 50 gallon tank, that has a height of about 17 inches. The light fixtures rest on top of a mesh cover. I have the recommended reptisun 10.0 uvb light strip, along with a regular dome fixture that is compatible with 150w bulbs. The last couple months, my bearded dragon has had problems passing stool and I have been trying to trouble shoot the problem and in the process, make the enclosure better suited for my beardie. The problem I'm currently running into, is even with the 150 watt bulbs I'm having trouble getting the temperatures to reach the basking area. I have a thermometer sitting on the basking rock that currently reads 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a problem. I have read through all of the forms on this page about increasing the basking area temperature, but have not found any concrete information to remedy a solution aside from one helpful tidbit about wrapping the tank in blankets for added insulation and to make a raised platform, but that does not help for the ambient temperature. Focusing on the basking area temperature first, I believe the solution is going to be to find a new dome fixture that better concentrates the heat. I wanted to know, if any of the people in this community have had the same issues I'm having and what fixtures they are using, or which dome fixtures would be best for concentrating heat. The second part of my problem is the ambient temperature, its currently 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside of my home, so the temperatures tend to stay on the lower side, especially at night. I have always used a night light, but while doing research trying to find out more information to increase the temperatures at night, I found that using lights at night can actually be detrimental to a bearded dragons health, as it keeps them from entering a natural sleep cycle. I'm looking into getting a ceramic bulb to heat the enclosure at night, but need a suggestion on what fixture would be best, keeping in mind that temperatures dip quite significantly in the winter in the northeast. As mentioned in the beginning, she is five years old and has been happy and healthy over the past four winters, but I feel even though there are not visible signs of stress, the added ambient heat and added basking area heat will make for a better quality of life and help her pass stool more easily, if anyone has any suggestions or advice please don't be afraid to reach out. I'm trying to give my beardie the best possible life. Also, I know it was asked in other threads so wanted to provide more context, the brands of bulb I use are almost exclusively zilla.

Thank you all

Jon
Zoo Med Reptile Mini Deep Dome Lamp | reptile Light Fixtures | PetSmart you can use these for your CHE for top of the screen middle of the tank for at nite - temps need to be 65-75-- you can also use this next or in front of the basking bulb try a 75 watt make sure your getting a basking temp under it for temps 95-100 --- digital probe thermometer please --- try a ExoTerra Intense basking bulb 150 watt first before adding the other fixture for basking heat -- it might be the bulb --- I have never used Zilla bulbs -- so I dont know too much about them w/ the exception of the Zilla T 8 and they are not real good for UVB bulbs --- your basking temps and UVB are extremely important for the digestion and absorbtion of calcium also placement for the UVB is crucial --- what kind of screen is on the tank ? Fine mesh like a screen door or a wide hole type ?
 

jonnieriendeau04

New member
Original Poster
Hey Karrie,

I'm going to order that ExoTerra Inense basking bulb that you mentioned and give that a shot before buying a new fixture. The screen on the tank is a fine mesh, this is actually the screen that I have. Have you used that particular dome lamp for the CHE? In the questions section of the link that you attached, they say not to use the lamp with CHEs. I really appreciate your help.
 
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KarrieRee

BD.org Sicko
Hey Karri,

I'm going to order that ExoTerra Inense basking bulb that you mentioned and give that a shot before buying a new fixture. The screen on the tank is a fine mesh, this is actually the screen that I have. Have you used that particular dome lamp for the CHE? In the questions section of the link that you attached, they say not to use the lamp with CHEs. I really appreciate your help.
Ok your right not to use that one -- its not the one I was thinking of -- you want a deep dome w/ a ceramic socket look at this one

 
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