Beardie losing mobility in all legs

Kpreb

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Please get rid of the coil UVB -- its doing nothing for her --- the enclosure you have needs a 36" Arcadia Pro T 5 14% bulb - w/ the height of the enclosure the distance for this UVB would be 17-18 inches directly above her basking decor -- if your using the second floor----- what is the height of the enclosure w/ her on one floor now? I may haft to recommend a different fixture length and bulb ---- the one I posted is a real strong bulb and requires a height of 24" enclosure ---
The floor she’s on now is about 32 inches from top to bottom in height. It sounds like the bulb you recommended should do the job then, right? Also, thank you so much for the suggestion. We are going to look into getting this bulb unless you feel there’s a better one she might do well with. We just want whatever is best for her!
 

Kpreb

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I agree with Karrieree, I had a similar habitat for my first beardie, i didn't understand back then how critical the type of bulb used is. I made the same mistake of using the coil type bulbs. I had no end of problems with her. I eventually learned what i was doing wrong ( mostly from this very site). When i corrected her uvb and basking it seemed like overnight things got better. If you live in a place where you can take her outside, even 30 minutes of natural sunlight per day will be beneficial. I bet if you give her calcium daily for a bit combined with natural sun you'll see improvement within a couple weeks.
Where we’ll be going on vacation there should be plenty of sun for her. However, I’ve read online that bearded dragons should not go outdoors if humidity is above 60%. If the humidity is going to be high the entire time we are on vacation (which it more than likely is going to be), should I even bring her outside? Or do you think being outside for as long as you mentioned will be alright for her even with high humidity? I just don’t want to risk anything else that might poorly affect her…We’re looking into new bulbs right now though!
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
I think their top end humidity is 70% but i think optimal is 30 to 50% but even if its super high 30 to 45 minutes at a time she should be ok. Just keep an eye on her. If the sun seems to much bring her back inside. Mine will tolerate the morning sun for a couple hours but at mid day or in the evening about 10 to 15 minutes they start looking for shade, but i live in las vegas and the sun here is very intense.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
The floor she’s on now is about 32 inches from top to bottom in height. It sounds like the bulb you recommended should do the job then, right? Also, thank you so much for the suggestion. We are going to look into getting this bulb unless you feel there’s a better one she might do well with. We just want whatever is best for her!
You want distance for that 14% bulb 17-18 inches --- inside the tank
 

Drache613

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Hello,

How is your girl doing today?
As Karrie suggests, please try to get the lighting adjusted so she can start recovering.
Once you are done adjusting your lighting, definitely post new pictures of the tank for
us so we can see the new lighting arrangement.

Tracie
 

Kpreb

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Hello,

How is your girl doing today?
As Karrie suggests, please try to get the lighting adjusted so she can start recovering.
Once you are done adjusting your lighting, definitely post new pictures of the tank for
us so we can see the new lighting arrangement.

Tracie
Good morning-

Here’s the light we got her. And here’s a pic of her in the sun this morning. Notice how swollen her legs are? I can post pics of her enclosure at our house when we get home from vacation. Currently we have her in this tank until we get back home.

Thanks!!
 

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KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Good morning-

Here’s the light we got her. And here’s a pic of her in the sun this morning. Notice how swollen her legs are? I can post pics of her enclosure at our house when we get home from vacation. Currently we have her in this tank until we get back home.

Thanks!!
Ok the UVB Zilla is ok but its not doing any good on top of the screen --- its a T 8 and if the cover is still on the fixture shes getting NO UVB at all ---- I would change out the bulb for a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 please take the cover off the fixture leave it off and have the UVB fixture unobstructed --- NO screen --- you can set it width wise or vertical on the tank over the hammock so shes getting direct rays 6-8 inches --- T 8's are not strong enough to go thru screen
 

xp29

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Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
karrieree is correct . I still have a coulpe of those lights laying around they come with a clear plastic lens over the bulb. That lens blocks 100% of the uvb. You can remove it with a small Phillips screwdriver. ( I really can't understand with a company that is supposed to sell reptile supplies would do that, it's hard enough figuring everything out without them sabotaging us).
 

Kpreb

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Ok the UVB Zilla is ok but its not doing any good on top of the screen --- its a T 8 and if the cover is still on the fixture shes getting NO UVB at all ---- I would change out the bulb for a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 please take the cover off the fixture leave it off and have the UVB fixture unobstructed --- NO screen --- you can set it width wise or vertical on the tank over the hammock so shes getting direct rays 6-8 inches --- T 8's are not strong enough to go thru screen
This is a temporary set up until Wednesday…. But in the mean time… I will move the screen aside half of the tank and turn the light sideways so it’s directly on her.
 

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