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Old 02-09-2009, 06:00 PM
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Hi I am going to have a beardie but need to set viv up first. Can anyone tell me what the humidity should be kept at and how to keep it at that.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:11 PM
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Cool end should be between 80-85F, Hot end around 90-95F and 100-110F basking site for adults, and as much as 115F for babies. You have a basking bulb at one end, either ceramic heater or spotbulb (most prefer spotbulbs) and also you'll need a 10% or 12% Uv tube, i personally use arcadia. If you adjust the basking site up and down (or the bulb whichevers easier) til you get the right basking temp I found that the ambient temps were almost spot on. I also use a thermostat which is a back up safety measure incase the cool end ever gets too hot, when it kicks in it dimms the bulb cooling down the viv. Beardies need 12-14 hours light and heat depending on the time of year, and then the rest of the time all the light and heat is switched off, and this allows the tank to reduce down to room temperature. If it ever drops below 60F (which most houses dont) you can use a ceramic heater to keep it warmer. Hope this helps, I just got my first beardie yesterday so its all new to me too. Good luck with your research

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Old 02-09-2009, 11:27 PM
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Hi thank you that helps I know about the temps its the humidity I read somewhere it can affect their breathing if it isn't right.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:44 PM
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this is a pretty basic info site

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Hi thankyou that helps I've read it and it's saying as low as poss around 30 -40

Thank you for all your advice
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:39 PM
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Just dont put any water in the viv.
Spray (mist) the dragon lightly twice a week.
DO NOT MIST THE INSIDE OF THE VIV....just the dragon.

and give it a warm bath once a week..up to its shoulders.
Baby warm bath.
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how can you not put water in the do they drink then?
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by truncheon1973 View Post
how can you not put water in the do they drink then?
My dragons won't drink from a bowl in the viv and I've found that they just kick sand into it or use it as a toilet!

Not sure what other think but I feel my dragons get lots of fluilds through their fruit & veg (fresh everyday) and they have a bath 2/3 times a week and the sometimes drink from this but not very often - my male normally has two baths as he uses this a toliet and then we clean it out and offer him a second bath. He always drinks from the 2nd one!

They are desert animals and mine don't like to be sprayed they always used to run away from the spray if they could or flare up their beard at me so stopped doing this.

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There's always debate over whether or not to put a water bowl in...

I personally have put a small dish of shallow water in, but have never seen my beardie Carney drink from it, but have seen him splash in it occasionally. I have however seen locusts at the water, so Carney is getting it indirectly through eating them. I bath him 2-3 times a week and he will occasionally drink a mouthful of water then.

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Old 04-09-2009, 09:37 AM
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As says above they will get there water either in the veg/fruit being sprayed or bathed.
I have recently taken the water outta my viv as i am trying to copy more of a natural enviroment.
There is a great sticky about it all above its verry usefull i learnt quite a bit from it.
But on the other hand its pretty much each to there own some like bowels of water in some dont lol.
Humidity with a beardie can cause a respiary infection so i tend to leave all water out.
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