MINI beardie... not growing

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Ok so this might be a normal thing to happen since they lay so many eggs...not all can be perfect right?

My last clutch has a mini tiny non-growing little guy. I dont know if this is something i have done or if its a runt and will eventually grow or what but it seriously hasnt changed size since the day it hatched. Its three months old and can sit on my pinky. I have one holdback from the same clutch that could eat it! exact same foods, calcium, lighting, water, housing...playtime....everything is the same between the two- one is growing healthy and the other wont grow at all. All the other hatchlings i had grew up until i got them new homes(from there on out i dont know) except for this one.

i mean as long as its not in pain i dont care... it can stay in a 10 gallon in my office.... but is there something wrong with it that i could change....it eats fine and moves around plenty
 

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Can you post a picture of him?
That does sometimes happen, getting a runt. Is he housed alone?
Have you tried upgrading his UVB lighting perhaps?
Does he eat normally then?

Tracie
 

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yes housed alone and eating good... uvb10 strip lighting and seprate uva/heat lamps


i just took pictures but i dont know how to add them...
 

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Hm, well, I guess he is a little different. Perhaps you could try getting some liquid calcium for him to see if that helps. Sometimes, certain ones just have different needs that are not being met for some reason. They are all different, chemically speaking.
You can get it from: http://www.beautifuldragons.com Click on the medications & supplements link.
He looks good, overall, very cute. How old is he?
You are using a bright white light for the basking in conjunction with the Reptisun 10, & is it placed directly beside the basking light?

Tracie
 

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three months...

yeah... since i had so many babies at once (i got a fertile mertil)... i set up a whole shelf with the strip lighting all lined up with 10 "shoe boxes" lined up underneath.... and the sopt lights pointing at the fronts of all the shoe boxes.... which are actually little clear plasic containers i got from walmart and i put screens on the top to let light in.... i did this so i didnt have more than two together because i didnt want nipped toes or anything.

when i started to notice this one wasnt growing i seperated it thinking it was being bullied... and i up-ed its calcium and put in a few extra meal worms to add some weight.... but nothing has charged. i dont mind that its tiny... like i said if it stays so small i wont sell it and ill just keep'em in my office in a ten gallon. i wouldnt feel comfortable shipping one so small anyways.
 

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Hello,

Well, sometimes you will just have one that is a late bloomer. Keep trying with him, & maybe try getting the liquid calcium. Perhaps he is having some trouble absorbing the powdered calcium & would utilize the liquid better while he is trying to grow.
He "appears" healthy so maybe he is just missing something in his diet. Do you use vitamins at all?
Brewer's yeast is rich in B vitamins, you could get some of that & sprinkle it on the greens & veggies for him.

Let me know if there are any changes.

Tracie
 
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