Basking rock

acidburn01

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Toothless
My beardie is in a 40 gallon, and he's about two months, roughly 8 inches. (Including tail).

We had a 160watt powersun uv bulb and an 80watt uv ppwersun that we used during the day. My 5 year old broke two of our three bulbs, so we only had one 80watt uv powersun and decided, for the time being, to get him a basking light. We got a flukers 100watt basking bulb. And now, with both of them on, it's made his basking rock too hot.? The thermometer said the rock, specifically, was reading about 108. The hot side reading between 97 and 100, middle about 87 and cool at about 82. Is that 108 too hot for him.? Should I turn off the flukers light and just leave his powersun uv bulb on.?
 

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Asper

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Beardie name(s)
Harry
My beardie is in a 40 gallon, and he's about two months, roughly 8 inches. (Including tail).

We had a 160watt powersun uv bulb and an 80watt uv ppwersun that we used during the day. My 5 year old broke two of our three bulbs, so we only had one 80watt uv powersun and decided, for the time being, to get him a basking light. We got a flukers 100watt basking bulb. And now, with both of them on, it's made his basking rock too hot.? The thermometer said the rock, specifically, was reading about 108. The hot side reading between 97 and 100, middle about 87 and cool at about 82. Is that 108 too hot for him.? Should I turn off the flukers light and just leave his powersun uv bulb on.?
Maybe see if you can put a reptile hammock in there for him, I use a zoo med one. Rocks tend to absorb more heat, especially because they are usually dark in color.

Surface temperatures for bearded dragons should not exceed 105
 

Asper

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Beardie name(s)
Harry
My beardie is in a 40 gallon, and he's about two months, roughly 8 inches. (Including tail).

We had a 160watt powersun uv bulb and an 80watt uv ppwersun that we used during the day. My 5 year old broke two of our three bulbs, so we only had one 80watt uv powersun and decided, for the time being, to get him a basking light. We got a flukers 100watt basking bulb. And now, with both of them on, it's made his basking rock too hot.? The thermometer said the rock, specifically, was reading about 108. The hot side reading between 97 and 100, middle about 87 and cool at about 82. Is that 108 too hot for him.? Should I turn off the flukers light and just leave his powersun uv bulb on.?
Maybe see if you can put a reptile hammock in there for him, I use a zoo med one. Rocks tend to absorb more heat, especially because they are usually dark in color.

Surface temperatures for bearded dragons should not exceed 105 if possibl
 

Asper

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Beardie name(s)
Harry
Additionally, you should raise your basking temperature to 105-110 for a baby bearded dragon 😊 !
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
You want the temperature of the light at 105 to 110, you don't want the surface to be that hot. That why we all recommend the digital probes, you can measure the temp of the light, and the ir guns can give you the temp of the basking material surface. Maybe use a wooden branch for a basking area for niw till you get your light back the way you want them wood won't hold as much heat as the rock does
 

acidburn01

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Beardie name(s)
Toothless
You want the temperature of the light at 105 to 110, you don't want the surface to be that hot. That why we all recommend the digital probes, you can measure the temp of the light, and the ir guns can give you the temp of the basking material surface. Maybe use a wooden branch for a basking area for niw till you get your light back the way you want them wood won't hold as much heat as the rock does
That's what I couldn't figure. If surface temperature needed to be 105, or atmospheric. I turned the flukers light off and put the CHE back on but the temperature dropped to like 87, which even when those two things were on yesterday, it wasn't that low. So somethings going on with his lighting situation.

What about an under the tank heat mat.? If it makes a difference, he has reptile carpet in his tank.
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
I haven't had much luck with those heat mats personally, they always seemed to stop working pretty quick after i got them. But they will raise the temp some (as long as they will keep working lol)
 

fcooper

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108 is high, but a Beardie can manage it for a short time. The problem with this is that if it’s the surface of a stone it’s likely to be hazardous to your dragon as they don’t feel the heat through their bellies in the same way and can burn.
 

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