Beginner Bearded Dragon Owner

quantum

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Just to jump in here, on your profile it says that you have a Thrive 10.0 as your uvb and a Thrive 10.0 as your basking bulb ? So are there 2 of the same type of bulbs ?
Oh no, I must've made a mistake, they're both different bulbs. The one on the left being the UVB and the one on the right being the UVA
 

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Ok what size is the tank? 40 gallon? What is in the other dome? Please get a digital probe on the top of that piece of decor hes on --- you need the temp of where hes sitting -- your UVB is going to need to be unobstructed meaning NO screen so that big tall piece of decor you may haft to lay down if you can or get some different lower decor - you dont want him so close to the baking bulb your gonna get real hot temps thats why you need that probe -- UVB will need to be approx 12-15 inches directly over the basking decor
It is a 40 gallon tank. The left dome is the UVB, right dome is the basking bulb (UVA). What do you mean no screen?
 

KarrieRee

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It is a 40 gallon tank. The left dome is the UVB, right dome is the basking bulb (UVA). What do you mean no screen?
The fine screen blocks 30% of the rays - you can set the UVB perpendicular on the tank w/ your basking decor piece directly under it -- NO screen means no screen the UVB bulb needs to be unobstructed by no screen - if your screen was a wide hole type it would be able to sit on top but the distance would be different
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quantum

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The fine screen blocks 30% of the rays - you can set the UVB perpendicular on the tank w/ your basking decor piece directly under it -- NO screen means no screen the UVB bulb needs to be unobstructed by no screen - if your screen was a wide hole type it would be able to sit on top but the distance would be different View attachment 89242
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Okay understood. Last question though, I see some bulbs that advertise as UVB AND UVA. Why not get that instead of two lamps, or am I not reading things correctly.
 

KarrieRee

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Okay understood. Last question though, I see some bulbs that advertise as UVB AND UVA. Why not get that instead of two lamps, or am I not reading things correctly.
You must be talking about the MVB - those are a all in one but does not supply enough UVB - it is always recommended to have a back up UVB like what I have posted - MVB's are good for heat and to me a expensive basking bulb - good MVB's are PowerSun or MegaRay -- they need to be changed out every 6 months if your relying on the UVB and even then you still want a back up -- like one of the UVB's posted above - in the long run its cheaper just to get a regular basking bulb that I had posted - if your using a Thrive that is ok as long as its keeping your surface basking temps to what they need to be - those temps are what starts his digestion--- once all of this is on par your little dragon should thrive --- we can go over diet if you like ---
 

quantum

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You must be talking about the MVB - those are a all in one but does not supply enough UVB - it is always recommended to have a back up UVB like what I have posted - MVB's are good for heat and to me a expensive basking bulb - good MVB's are PowerSun or MegaRay -- they need to be changed out every 6 months if your relying on the UVB and even then you still want a back up -- like one of the UVB's posted above - in the long run its cheaper just to get a regular basking bulb that I had posted - if your using a Thrive that is ok as long as its keeping your surface basking temps to what they need to be - those temps are what starts his digestion--- once all of this is on par your little dragon should thrive --- we can go over diet if you like ---
The MVB bulbs dispense both UVB and UVA, there are bulbs that dispense UVB, and the basking lights that dispense UVA? And MVBs are basically just UVA bulbs that dispense a little bit of UVB?
 

KarrieRee

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The MVB bulbs dispense both UVB and UVA, there are bulbs that dispense UVB, and the basking lights that dispense UVA? And MVBs are basically just UVA bulbs that dispense a little bit of UVB?
Yes----- MVB are a good heat source just not so much UVB--- they must be unobstructed as well as said previous the screen blocks the UVB - distance and placement are a pain w/ them being both heat and UVB - if you have the MVB too high above the basking decor because its too hot to sit closer then your losing UVB rays - its a pain to get them just right - so its better to have them separate and to me cheaper in the long run
 

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Yes----- MVB are a good heat source just not so much UVB--- they must be unobstructed as well as said previous the screen blocks the UVB - distance and placement are a pain w/ them being both heat and UVB - if you have the MVB too high above the basking decor because its too hot to sit closer then your losing UVB rays - its a pain to get them just right - so its better to have them separate and to me cheaper in the long run
So get a separate UVA (basking bulb) and UVB bulbs?

(and also yes please enlighten me on diets. i have 500 mealworms in my freezer as of now)
 

quantum

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Yes----- MVB are a good heat source just not so much UVB--- they must be unobstructed as well as said previous the screen blocks the UVB - distance and placement are a pain w/ them being both heat and UVB - if you have the MVB too high above the basking decor because its too hot to sit closer then your losing UVB rays - its a pain to get them just right - so its better to have them separate and to me cheaper in the long run
And just to clarify the UVB Lights also produce some UVA as-well. Just the vice versa.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
So get a separate UVA (basking bulb) and UVB bulbs?

(and also yes please enlighten me on diets. i have 500 mealworms in my freezer as of now)
Are you using a Thrive basking bulb? What is the wattage? If your temps are what they need to be then your good but we wont know what they are till you get the digital probe thermometer- meal worms are not good for babies the exoskeleton is too harsh on their stomachs they need a staple feeder like crickets dubia roaches I recommend those BSFL and silk worms -- fed every day 2 3- times per day for a baby - salads every day as well Nutrition Content ignore the kale info its outdated - I can post websites for the insects / worms it is cheaper to get them on line
 

quantum

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Are you using a Thrive basking bulb? What is the wattage? If your temps are what they need to be then your good but we wont know what they are till you get the digital probe thermometer- meal worms are not good for babies the exoskeleton is too harsh on their stomachs they need a staple feeder like crickets dubia roaches I recommend those BSFL and silk worms -- fed every day 2 3- times per day for a baby - salads every day as well Nutrition Content ignore the kale info its outdated - I can post websites for the insects / worms it is cheaper to get them on line
Post the websites please, also I'm not sure if you saw my other question.

I'm using the 100W Thrive basking bulb. The probe thermometers and hygrometers come next week
 
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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Post the websites please, also I'm not sure if you saw my other question.

I'm using the 100W Thrive basking bulb. The probe thermometers and hygrometers come next week
What kind of hygrometer did you get? Stick ons are not very accurate - you would want a digital probe one like this Exo Terra Digital Hygrometer | Dubia.com
Here are some websites for you for insects / worms
www.dubiaroaches.com - they have a chart on the website for sizes please go by the chart - horn worms are nice from here get smalls for a baby and they grow quick so feed them off like two at a time - you dont want them out growing the dragon
www.aafeeders.com
www.reptilianarts.com if you get silk worms from here the cups come w/ food - bigger quantities you would need to order silk worm food - its a powder
www.symtonbsf.com
www.abdragons.com
Fluker Farms - Order Live Crickets, Mealworms, Superworms
http://www.mulberryfarms.com/ this place is expensive on shipping -- and they were in CA I think they have moved to Florida now but not sure
What was the other question you asked?
 

quantum

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What kind of hygrometer did you get? Stick ons are not very accurate - you would want a digital probe one like this Exo Terra Digital Hygrometer | Dubia.com
Here are some websites for you for insects / worms
www.dubiaroaches.com - they have a chart on the website for sizes please go by the chart - horn worms are nice from here get smalls for a baby and they grow quick so feed them off like two at a time - you dont want them out growing the dragon
www.aafeeders.com
www.reptilianarts.com if you get silk worms from here the cups come w/ food - bigger quantities you would need to order silk worm food - its a powder
www.symtonbsf.com
www.abdragons.com
Fluker Farms - Order Live Crickets, Mealworms, Superworms
http://www.mulberryfarms.com/ this place is expensive on shipping -- and they were in CA I think they have moved to Florida now but not sure
What was the other question you asked?
Nevermind the other question, I'm getting the Digital Combo Thermometer Humidity Gauge | Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc. I also bought some dubia roaches to feed him, they're medium sized.
 

quantum

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What kind of hygrometer did you get? Stick ons are not very accurate - you would want a digital probe one like this Exo Terra Digital Hygrometer | Dubia.com
Here are some websites for you for insects / worms
www.dubiaroaches.com - they have a chart on the website for sizes please go by the chart - horn worms are nice from here get smalls for a baby and they grow quick so feed them off like two at a time - you dont want them out growing the dragon
www.aafeeders.com
www.reptilianarts.com if you get silk worms from here the cups come w/ food - bigger quantities you would need to order silk worm food - its a powder
www.symtonbsf.com
www.abdragons.com
Fluker Farms - Order Live Crickets, Mealworms, Superworms
http://www.mulberryfarms.com/ this place is expensive on shipping -- and they were in CA I think they have moved to Florida now but not sure
What was the other question you asked?
How many dubia roaches do I feed my baby a day?
 

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