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Old 22-03-2013, 07:39 PM
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They didn't ask for a deposit I gave it to them so they wouldn't sell the beardie and they'd keep it for me until after Easter as I'll be away but I'm supposed to be going in tomorrow to get the viv and get it set up ready and pay them the balance.
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Old 22-03-2013, 07:42 PM
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They didn't ask for a deposit I gave it to them so they wouldn't sell the beardie and they'd keep it for me until after Easter as I'll be away but I'm supposed to be going in tomorrow to get the viv and get it set up ready and pay them the balance.
I would say you found a better deal on the viv, if you have only put a deposit down on the beardy it has nothing to do with the viv.
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Old 22-03-2013, 07:48 PM
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I would say you found a better deal on the viv, if you have only put a deposit down on the beardy it has nothing to do with the viv.
This. Use the deposit for the beardy and purchase everything else elsewhere.

Take a look at the two threads linked below, they will explain pretty much everything you want/need and are a good place to start.

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forum...t-bearded.html

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forum...d-dragons.html

Regarding how to mount the T5 it depends what kit you're getting. The slimline luminaire is simply a box with mounts that you screw in to the roof whereas the separate kit comes with two plastic clips/mounts which you again screw to the roof.
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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Right. Ok.
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4ft viv (cabinet style or tank?)
Basking light
UV T5 Arcadia
Thermostat
Ceramic bulb for night time
+ flooring, decoration etc
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:17 PM
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Right. Ok.
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4ft viv (cabinet style or tank?)
Basking light
UV T5 Arcadia
Thermostat
Ceramic bulb for night time
+ flooring, decoration etc

The link for the viv i sent you is probally your best bet and you shouldent need a ceramic beardies like a night time drop
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:21 PM
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The link for the viv i sent you is probally your best bet and you shouldent need a ceramic beardies like a night time drop
Nice to have a ceramic for night time if you have a really cold room though, I always had them for my beardies just set at the lowest on a pulse stat (which I think is like 17-18c?) which is enough of a temp drop for night time if it does come on I have an extremely cold attic room for my reps, though
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:23 PM
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Right. Ok.
Shopping list
4ft viv (cabinet style or tank?)
Basking light
UV T5 Arcadia
Thermostat
Ceramic bulb for night time
+ flooring, decoration etc
It doesn't have to be a 4x2x2, as long as its has the equivalent floor space its fine. People just recommend a 4x2x2 as its the simplest and most common dimensions. You'll want a wooden viv as glass vivs tend to allow more ventilation and are therefore harder to hold steady temps.

Any household spot/halogen bulb will do for heating, they are there solely to provide heat. You will be over paying for a reptile branded "basking bulb" and they are exactly the same, you just pay for the brand.

You shouldn't need a ceramic for nighttime heating in an insulated house. As long as your ambient room temps stay above 10c it'll be fine, as has been said a drop in temps at night is both healthy for a bd and natural.

Substrate choice is subjective, do the research and decide what's best for you. There are of course worries with compaction and loose substrates but it shouldn't be an issue if your husbandry is correct. I prefer to have both solid and loose flooring to give the best of both worlds. Like I said research and decide yourself.

You'll want an elevated basking zone, usually wooden branches or rocks are preffered. Something with varying heights to allow for a basking gradient of different temps.
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:36 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm getting my head around it now. You only need one bulb for the heat/basking and the additional night time bulb is optional? Does the basking bulb have to be surrounded by a reflector or direct into the socket?
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:41 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm getting my head around it now. You only need one bulb for the heat/basking and the additional night time bulb is optional? Does the basking bulb have to be surrounded by a reflector or direct into the socket?
Yeah that's it. You can use a dome reflector to direct the heat if need be but it isn't necessary. Personally I don't bother.
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Old 22-03-2013, 09:58 PM
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Do I need to put the bulb inside a cage/guard to prevent the beardie getting burnt?
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