New Bearded dragon owner need help

BeardieFather04

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Hi everyone I just got a baby bearded dragon about 5 days ago He lives in a 40 gallon tank enclosure with a 150w basking bulb and a Reptisun 10 T8 UVB bulb his basking spots are around 105-120 and humidity is under 40% I have aluminum foil on top of the tank to insulate the heat because my house gets really cold. But i’m worried because my beardie hasn’t eaten in 2 days and hasn’t drinking water since yesterday please help!
 

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120 it to hot, babies need 105-110(basking). They need a cool side in the low 80's the warm side ambient in the 90's. T8 uvb are not that strong, is it inside the habitat? It needs to be and he needs to be able to get within 6 to 8 inches of it. I would recommend swithing to a t5, they are just better bulbs.
Please make sure he isn't severely over heated, with 120 degree basking temps and the top closed off he may be to hot
 

BeardieFather04

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120 it to hot, babies need 105-110(basking). They need a cool side in the low 80's the warm side ambient in the 90's. T8 uvb are not that strong, is it inside the habitat? It needs to be and he needs to be able to get within 6 to 8 inches of it. I would recommend swithing to a t5, they are just better bulbs.
Please make sure he isn't severely over heated, with 120 degree basking temps and the top closed off he may be to hot
Hello thank you for the reply to answer your questions i have the uvb inside the tank and the heater is on top of the tank too he’s basking spit is 105 and cool side is 87 ish he opens his mouth when basking too and he hasn’t eaten since yesterday i’m very worried
 

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KarrieRee

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Hello thank you for the reply to answer your questions i have the uvb inside the tank and the heater is on top of the tank too he’s basking spit is 105 and cool side is 87 ish he opens his mouth when basking too and he hasn’t eaten since yesterday i’m very worried
I posted on your other thread so I am going to answer on this one--- with mouth open hes gaping which is good he adjusting his body temp --- how are you getting the surface basking temp? You want 2 digital probe thermometers --- place the probe where hes sitting 10 min or so get the temp 105-110 -- 120 is way too hot please take the foil off the top of the tank you want low 80's on the cool side --- the UVB needs to be directly over him back wall of the tank is not effective --- 6-8 inches directly above him -- as suggested a T 5 is better but the T 8 will work for now -- heater? Are you talking about the basking bulb or a CHE ceramic heat emitter ?
 

Axil

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Hello thank you for the reply to answer your questions i have the uvb inside the tank and the heater is on top of the tank too he’s basking spit is 105 and cool side is 87 ish he opens his mouth when basking too and he hasn’t eaten since yesterday i’m very worrie
It looks like there is some sort of film over the uvb in the picture. That might be stopping the light from doing its job.

As far as the rest listen to KarrieRae she's very knowledgeable with placement, and helped me and many others set things up correctly

*edit* is it perhaps a plastic film behind the light covering the reflector? If so that's meant to be removed. It will melt and fuse with the reflector. This happened to me, and I ended up needing a new reflector since it tore off the aluminum backing with it after being heated.
 

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I agree with Axil, that looks like the zilla light fixture, if so those come with a plastic cover over the bulb, it needs to be removed, it blocks 100% of the uvb. For the life of me i can't understand why they put them on in the first place.
 

BeardieFather04

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It looks like there is some sort of film over the uvb in the picture. That might be stopping the light from doing its job.

As far as the rest listen to KarrieRae she's very knowledgeable with placement, and helped me and many others set things up correctly

*edit* is it perhaps a plastic film behind the light covering the reflector? If so that's meant to be removed. It will melt and fuse with the reflector. This happened to me, and I ended up needing a new reflector since it tore off the aluminum backing with it after being heated.
Hello sorry for the late response but yet i broke the plastic covering the light and behind the bulb is a piece of aluminum i replaced the bulb with a repti sun
 

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BeardieFather04

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I posted on your other thread so I am going to answer on this one--- with mouth open hes gaping which is good he adjusting his body temp --- how are you getting the surface basking temp? You want 2 digital probe thermometers --- place the probe where hes sitting 10 min or so get the temp 105-110 -- 120 is way too hot please take the foil off the top of the tank you want low 80's on the cool side --- the UVB needs to be directly over him back wall of the tank is not effective --- 6-8 inches directly above him -- as suggested a T 5 is better but the T 8 will work for now -- heater? Are you talking about the basking bulb or a CHE ceramic heat emitter ?
Hi okay so i’ll set the UVB in top of him and the bulb is a repti sun 150w basking bulb and i removed the foil his basking temp is now on 100 degrees im using a temp gun
 

BeardieFather04

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I posted on your other thread so I am going to answer on this one--- with mouth open hes gaping which is good he adjusting his body temp --- how are you getting the surface basking temp? You want 2 digital probe thermometers --- place the probe where hes sitting 10 min or so get the temp 105-110 -- 120 is way too hot please take the foil off the top of the tank you want low 80's on the cool side --- the UVB needs to be directly over him back wall of the tank is not effective --- 6-8 inches directly above him -- as suggested a T 5 is better but the T 8 will work for now -- heater? Are you talking about the basking bulb or a CHE ceramic heat emitter ?
Okay so he hasn’t eaten at all i put some crickets in there and he doesn’t eat them at all idk why he did this since yesterday and his poop come out with white and a hard lump
 

Axil

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Hello sorry for the late response but yet i broke the plastic covering the light and behind the bulb is a piece of aluminum i replaced the bulb with a repti sun
OK, and it's just aluminum, or is there a plastic film over top of the aluminum? Looks like there might be in the pic. You want the aluminum, don't take off, but you don't want any clear plastic over it
 

BeardieFather04

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OK, and it's just aluminum, or is there a plastic film over top of the aluminum? Looks like there might be in the pic. You want the aluminum, don't take off, but you don't want any clear plastic over it
No there isn’t anything cover the UVB fixture also is but bad if he closes his eyes while basking?
 

BeardieFather04

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120 it to hot, babies need 105-110(basking). They need a cool side in the low 80's the warm side ambient in the 90's. T8 uvb are not that strong, is it inside the habitat? It needs to be and he needs to be able to get within 6 to 8 inches of it. I would recommend swithing to a t5, they are just better bulbs.
Please make sure he isn't severely over heated, with 120 degree basking temps and the top closed off he may be to hot
 

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