New Beardy owner uv light question for 40 gallon gank

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Red

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Hello,
We got a new baby bearded dragon Friday and we bought a complete tank set up from petco which is an all living things brand. It has a solid hard plastic top with a wide mesh insert for 3 large dome lights to fit. It included a 100w basking light and a 25w uvb high out put bulb. I have both placed on the basking side and the temp in the tank is 75-80 on cool side and 90 on heat side and his basking spot is 105-110. I have read that UV should be inside the tank but would a 25w h/o bulb with large holes not be enough?
He wasn't eating when we got him and yesterday he finally ate and chased crickets and seems happy. Today I tried to feed him and he wasn't interested and is basking and sleeping. Long story short (sorry) I want the best for our lil guy so if I have a 40 gallon how big of a reptisun 10.0 do I need inside and I read t5 is best but needs a foot above which in my case won't work, thank you in advance
 

charmander16

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If the T5 10.0 would be going through a screen top, then it would be fine. You can also go for a T5 5.0, which may be better for that size tank.

The UVB bulb it came with is not worth keeping sadly, so you should plan on getting a T5 ASAP IMO.

IMO, you should get a 24" bulb. That will also be able to work in a larger tank which you will eventually need to get. You can get a 24" fixture and use a 5.0 bulb in it now and switch to 10.0 when you get a larger tank.

As for food, I recommend moving to black soldier fly larva and dubia roaches ASAP.

Also check this out: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=231135

I found that crickets were difficult for little guys to eat and they'll eat a lot better on easier to catch prey like those I mentioned.
 

Red

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Ok so if I get a 5.0 in the tank 24" reptisun. I assume also how high from basking spot would it go, and do you recommend somewhere to get black fly larva or small Dubia roaches as where I am I can't find those. Thanks for all your helpful info
 

ZiaDragon

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I think we have the exact same tank/kit. I bought mine from petsmart about 2 months ago. I ditched the UV that came with that kit, and went for a 24in reptisun tube. I bought a cheap 'under cabinet light fixture' from walmart for 10 bucks and mounted it inside the tank with command strips. I have it along the back, at the very top, inside the tank. My baby beardie is very active and zero health issues. Eats crickets, greens and BSFL like a monster!

Fixture I have

Tank I have
 

Red

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Ok I got the light future but persmart wanted 42.00 and 39.99 for the bulb, in a 40 gallon is a 10.0 too high both say 6" from pet and I can order it for 19.99 on Amazon the 24" so last question 5.0 or 10.0 in tank 40 gallon and on top or top back side mounted.. I know everyone said 5.0 is good but just making sure so it's all.set for awhile.
Thanks
 

CooperDragon

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In a 40g breeder I use a T5 10.0 sitting on top of the mesh 8-10'' above the main basking platform using that ZooMed Terrarium Hood.
 

Red

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Thanks ordered the 5.0 hi teptisun t8 24", do I attach on top inside or back wall for max result
 

CooperDragon

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The T8 5.0 bulb won't be powerful enough at any distance. For a 40g tank you want to use T5 lighting which is more powerful. The T5 5.0 bulb should be mounted inside the tank about 6-8'' above the basking area while a T5 10.0 can sit on top at about 10-12'' up.
 

Red

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CooperDragon":ppzbx0pv said:
The T8 5.0 bulb won't be powerful enough at any distance. For a 40g tank you want to use T5 lighting which is more powerful. The T5 5.0 bulb should be mounted inside the tank about 6-8'' above the basking area while a T5 10.0 can sit on top at about 10-12'' up.

Should I cancel and get a different one then, the 10.0 was too powerful and the 5.0 is too weak?? Ugh this has been an pain
 

CooperDragon

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The key is T5 vs T8. They are two separate technologies. T5 bulbs are newer and more powerful than T8 bulbs.
 
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