Uvb lighting

J0sie

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I have recently got a beaded dragon and am trying to set his vivarium up as well as i can. Its 39" x 19" & height 15". At the moment uvb light is sitting on the top mesh part of the viv so is 16" from the very bottom and about 13" from highest basking spot. Is this too high? Im worrying hes not getting any of the uvb🙈
I ordered an arcadia proT5 12% 24W which at 22" long would have covered almost 2/3rds of the viv but was sent the next one up by mistake. It is 34" long so covers the length of the viv except for a tiny area at each side. I have read that this isnt good as needs to have none at cool side. Should i return it and get original one i ordered? I have put it diagonally at the moment to try and help the situation. Hes been running around the viv this evening and trying to climb the back wall and the ivy plant. Not sure if this is him just settling and becoming more curious or trying to get higher for the uvb. Would like to get the hammock things maybe and some other bits to make the viv more exciting. First time beardie owner so advice welcome 😊
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I have recently got a beaded dragon and am trying to set his vivarium up as well as i can. Its 39" x 19" & height 15". At the moment uvb light is sitting on the top mesh part of the viv so is 16" from the very bottom and about 13" from highest basking spot. Is this too high? Im worrying hes not getting any of the uvb🙈
I ordered an arcadia proT5 12% 24W which at 22" long would have covered almost 2/3rds of the viv but was sent the next one up by mistake. It is 34" long so covers the length of the viv except for a tiny area at each side. I have read that this isnt good as needs to have none at cool side. Should i return it and get original one i ordered? I have put it diagonally at the moment to try and help the situation. Hes been running around the viv this evening and trying to climb the back wall and the ivy plant. Not sure if this is him just settling and becoming more curious or trying to get higher for the uvb. Would like to get the hammock things maybe and some other bits to make the viv more exciting. First time beardie owner so advice welcome 😊
Your good it looks like he can get out of it on the front of the tank - please make sure your basking decor is 8-10 inches directly under it --- it could be he wants closer to the UVB so please make the adjustments -- if you want you can get the 24 watt - it may be better in the long run --
 

J0sie

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Your good it looks like he can get out of it on the front of the tank - please make sure your basking decor is 8-10 inches directly under it --- it could be he wants closer to the UVB so please make the adjustments -- if you want you can get the 24 watt - it may be better in the long run --
Thank you. So you think keeping it like it is now is fine but just get a higher basking area? Thinking it might be easier like this rather than trying to hang it in the viv 🤔 Have also just thought that hes shedding and read this can be uncomfortable/stressful so maybe hes being more active due to that also.
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Thank you. So you think keeping it like it is now is fine but just get a higher basking area? Thinking it might be easier like this rather than trying to hang it in the viv 🤔 Have also just thought that hes shedding and read this can be uncomfortable/stressful so maybe hes being more active due to that also.
Please get the distance correct then watch his behavior--
 

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