22" reptisun 10.0HO 24w. The fixture is a carolina custom cages unit with reflector. There is nothing between the lights and him. All lights are adjustable if need be. At the time i wrote this his uvb was measured at 70 microwatts/cm squared at its strongest where he mainly basks. The uvb bulb is 14" at its closest point right now.
<<<< if you can get the 10%UVB T5HO (?) about 4 inches closer , or the basking spot 4 inches higher, this will boost the UVB flux by about 100 - 120 microW UVB / sq.cm and closer to the optimum of 190 microW / sq.cm.
Thanks for that info. I will check to see if mine is calibrated and try to educate myself further on the subject. I have a zoo med probe that gives me readings consistent with the infrared.
Irohs daily diet consists of crickets and a mix of 2 to 3 of the following veggies: collards,escarole, endive, kale, and butternut squash. He also gets BSF larvae and wax worms from time to time. He has been given silk worms in the past. When cactus pear is available he gets that regularly. I give him crickets in the morning and he usually eats greens at that time and i will give him crickets in the evening. As a general rule i wait about an hour for him to heat up in the morning before i feed and make sure he has at least an hour of light left in the evening. All the crickets get are flukers orange cubes and cricket quencher.
<<< cricket quencher aka water crystals .... I think this is the granular stuff seen, the crickets have to eat the gel to get the moisture which is fine for them since they don't live long enough to accumulate enough in their individual guts to become a problem (to cricket) , but, the beardie is eating these crickets and accumulating the stuff in his gut over time.
This is analogous to what happens in the ocean with nanoplastics and toxins .... the further up the food chain you go the worse effects of these on fish and marine mammals because these apex predators eat contaminated prey and tend to accumulate / concentrate these in their guts and tissues.
I've been warning people about using these cricket quencher jel and like rather than fresh carrot to hydrate their insects , because this is what happens.
I'd cut using the cricket quencher product & flukers orange cubes.
Better off using fresh carrot (food and hydration) + choi greens (calcium and vitamins) + repcal adult bearded dragon pellets (food and vitamins) to feed the crickets.
Very cool info on the regularity of those dragons. I really like to see that kind of data.