Karlamom

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Salt and Pepper
Hello, I’m a new beardie mom. I inherited two of them and they’re about 5 wks old. I did several things wrong. I got “small” crickets from the store but weren’t very small. I put them in there and later realized they were too big. I left the crickets in overnight…I’ve read that was not good. So I took them out. Then my don gave them a bath that was a little deeper than I’d like.

Now, the bigger of the two is very limp. Last night he didn’t move. But, after a while I saw him breathe. My husband saw him move his neck and open his mouth a few times. Maybe choking? Today no movement, belly looks deflated. We’ve learned the hard way. They’re in a 40 gallon tank and we’re just about to give one to a friend since we read they shouldn’t be together. Help! Any hope?
 
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Drache613

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Hello,

So sorry you are having trouble with one of your new beardies. Do you have a picture of the ill
one?
Do you think he ate too large of a cricket?
That is correct, they shouldn't be housed together, but if there isn't any evidence of a fight, that
likely isn't the cause. If crickets were left in the tank then too large of prey will definitely cause
trouble. Is he breathing? Did he possibly aspirate some water? They can drown or aspirate
very quickly when in a bath.
If he is still with you, try to get him in a tank alone & get him all setup to where he is comfortable.
Try to keep him warmer overnight, around 75-80F to help boost his immune system.

Let us know how he is doing.
Tracie
 

Karlamom

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Salt and Pepper
I don’t think he’s breathing. But the night before my husband said the same thing and when I looked he started moving. I pictures in my profile. How do I post them here? Thank you for the reply. He actually would lay on top of the other beardie when basking. But other than that not too much fighting. I wondered both concerns myself.
 

Karlamom

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Salt and Pepper
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Karlamom

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Beardie name(s)
Salt and Pepper
Hello,

So sorry you are having trouble with one of your new beardies. Do you have a picture of the ill
one?
Do you think he ate too large of a cricket?
That is correct, they shouldn't be housed together, but if there isn't any evidence of a fight, that
likely isn't the cause. If crickets were left in the tank then too large of prey will definitely cause
trouble. Is he breathing? Did he possibly aspirate some water? They can drown or aspirate
very quickly when in a bath.
If he is still with you, try to get him in a tank alone & get him all setup to where he is comfortable.
Try to keep him warmer overnight, around 75-80F to help boost his immune system.

Let us know how he is doing.
Tracie
We also leave the roaches in there. Is that a no-no too?
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
We also leave the roaches in there. Is that a no-no too?
The roaches are fine --- it doesnt look like the one is going to make it -- are you using a purple bulb if so shut it off --- colored bulbs are no good --- they cause eye damage interrupt sleep etc--- you need surface basking temps of 105-110 taken w/ a digital probe thermometer - a good UVB NO coils they are a health hazard --- I can post links for those if you like -- in the mean time a Ceramic Heat emitter in a dome w/ a ceramic socket would be good -- we need to get the tank set up and on par for the other dragon to thrive -- what is the other one doing today?
 

Karlamom

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Salt and Pepper
The roaches are fine --- it doesnt look like the one is going to make it -- are you using a purple bulb if so shut it off --- colored bulbs are no good --- they cause eye damage interrupt sleep etc--- you need surface basking temps of 105-110 taken w/ a digital probe thermometer - a good UVB NO coils they are a health hazard --- I can post links for those if you like -- in the mean time a Ceramic Heat emitter in a dome w/ a ceramic socket would be good -- we need to get the tank set up and on par for the other dragon to thrive -- what is the other one doing today?
 

Karlamom

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Salt and Pepper
Please send me the links. The smaller one is doing just fine. We believe she’s a she. The one that we believe has passed was bigger and appeared to be a boy. Thank you for the help.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Please send me the links. The smaller one is doing just fine. We believe she’s a she. The one that we believe has passed was bigger and appeared to be a boy. Thank you for the help.
I am so sorry about the little one--- so many are sick when people get them --- here are some links for good UVB's please get this right away try Pet Smart if you have one or it can be ordered you want the one w/ the 12% bulb Arcadia Reptile ProT5 UV-B Kit | reptile Heating & Lighting | PetSmart
you can use a 30" I usually recommend a 24" but these seem to be sold out pretty much every where you want a 22" Reptisun 10.0 T 5 bulb I dont know if this one comes w/ a 5.0 bulb I know the 24" does but you want that bulb 10.0 T 5 bulb Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 UVB T5 HO
or this fixture 2 ft or 24" https://hydrobuilder.com/sunblaster-nanotech-t5-ho-fixture-with-6400k-lamp.html
you will need to change the bulb out to the one I posted Reptisun
When you get the UVB please let me know I can help you place it for your tank - your screen will determine where the UVB needs to go for placement and distance
 

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