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Old 17-02-2013, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Somsumi View Post
Howdy folks,
I would just like to say firstly thank you for reading and if you reply all advice would be very grateful.

I have just recently gotten my self a beardie. My next door no longer want her and iv wanted one for years. Im not too sure how old she is, but is at least 17inch's. The viv I got with her is 3ft long by 15inch by 15inches. From everything I have read over the past week to do with a bearded dragon. She should be in a bigger viv. So I have ordered a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft for her.

So from there I moved onto everything I should have in a viv (not saying she hasnt got everything she needs now, cos she has. I just want to buy all new stuff). Which after reading alot of caresheets and looking a starter kits, was an easy thing to do.

So I ordered the following:

1 x Arcadia T5 D3 Reptile Lamp 12% 39W, 34inch
1 x Arcadia T5 Reflector 34 inch
1 x Arcadia T5 Electronic Controller 24-39W

After that I got a little lost and confused.

Some people say use 2 basking lamps, some say use 1. Some people say use hologen as gives same heat but cheaper to run. I know they should have a basking temp of around 95-105F and down the cool end around 80-88F. That shouldnt be to hard to sort out.

At night again i get a bit lost again, saying the hot end should be around 80F and the cold end getting no colder that 65F. So to sort this problem use a Ceramic heater with a temp thermostat to control the hot end and keeping it at 80F.

With all that in mind wouldnt you use a temp theremostat on the basking lamps to ensure that they dont go above the set temp aswell as the ceramic heater?

There is so many types of thermostats im not sure on which one would be best for me to use. The other thing that causes me a headache, is placement of the probe from the thermostat. Iv read down that best place is 1/3 of the way down from hot end 3inched from floor.

Iv already got the rocks. logs and plants aswell as a nice hammock. She is on calci-sand. She does eat it and does eat any while catching her hoppers. Aswell as she likes to dig at it, so keeps her happy.

So all advice would be greatful so i can order the last few bits i need. Then move her into her new home.

Thanks Somsumi
Firstly and well done on doing the initial research and purchasing the correct equipment, you won't regret purchasing the T5 I can assure you. I assume you know to mount it in the hot end to create a photogradient (Light & Shade)? Click the link for more info if not.

It seems you have your temps slightly confused. You want a basking spot of 105-115 roughly, depending on the dragon. You then want a hot end of 90ish and cool end of 80ish, I'd recommend a little lower which you should be able to achieve in a 4x2x2. You will only need a single bulb for this and I would recommend roughly a 50w halogen on a dimming stat.

Night temps should not need to be provided, they don't need a temp range (hot and cool end) at night and there will naturally be one for most of the night due to the heat bulb, your bd will decide where to sleep. Aslong as night temps don't drop below 10c you will be fine, anything between 12-18c is great in my opinion. Too cool (below 10c could bring on brumation and too high will disturb your dragons sleep, be uncomfortable and stressful. A night time temp drop is a natural occurrence and beneficial.

State probe placement is subjective and people differ in their opinions. I personally prefer my towards the cool end to maintain an area that the dragon always has to retreat to if need be, no chance of overheating and dehydration. See what works best for you.

Calci sand, i assume you meant she doesn't eat it? I personally wouldn't recommend calci sand. Firstly all loose substrates can be dangerous especially calci sand as your bd will possibly be attracted to the calcium and ingest it which can lead to impaction. I will stress however that if your husbandry is correct then they shouldn't be attracted to the calci sand and any ingestion (unless major and constant) should pass without issue. If however your husbandry is off then loose substrates can be very damaging.

I think I've covered everything you've asked and everything I wanted to say. Sure someone will comment if they disagree or I've missed anything. This place is a wealth of knowledge!
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