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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:58 am 
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Hi I'm Roger :mrgreen:

Just over 3 weeks ago I adopted Bert a 2 1/2 year old beard off my son who has lost interest also does not have the time to spend with Bert.
Bert has taken a 180 mile trip from the Midlands to my home in Weymouth.
If you don't mind I have so many question and I need help as I know very little about bearded dragons, So please be patient as i will ask some simple even minor questions but i am willing to learn and do my best for Bert.

Some info on Bert, We purchased him from a pet shop in Birmingham, They sold us a 18" X 18" X 36" vivarium complete set up ( I am at present building a larger one for him). I will hopefully post a picture of his home.
He has not been handled for over 6 months as his nan was feeding him greens, My son would go three time a week to feed him live food.
My son has quickly told me what he eats. I have looked on many sites and read books on beards. I am having a problem as Bert's waist is a bit runny, i am feeding him the same as i have been told I am worried about the portion sizes , I am a bit worried as i can not find a shop that sells some of the greens you have on your list. Is there a Webb site that you could recommend or any shops i could use.

Thanks Roger. :?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:47 am 
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A it more info will help us. Temps at basking and cool side, type of lighting and heating being used, hours that heat and light are on, type of food being provided and quantity. Once we've seen that we can help fine tune everything for him.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:15 pm 
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Hi Rick
Thanks for replying so quickly

Can I fist apologise as Bert is 1 1/2 years old and not 2 1/2 also I have written this three times now as having problem with computer.
Anyway the details you require.
Bert's home has,
Arcadia fluorescent lighting controller
Arcadia 25 watt Fluorescent desert 10% + uv tube on for 12 hours a day
Komodo 600 watt dimmer thermostat set at 80 f in the day and 65 f at night
Komodo 75 watt infrered bulb. connected to dimmer
Exoterra thermostat above the controller censer in cooler side of viv.
Basking rock in warm area
Log in the middle
plastic green plant in cool corner
The floor is covered with Beech chips ( Course Grade )
Two bowls 12mm Diameter by 25mm deep ( 1 for food and the other water ) of which are going to be changed in the near future.

As the thermostat is glued to the back wall I used a house thermometer.
The basking are is around 105 f ( 40.5 c )
The cooler area is 80 f in the day and 65 f at night.


Bert's Food

Basil 2 to 3 stems cut stems off Daily
Broccoli 4 to 5 small bushes Daily
Chard 1/4 of a leaf ripped smallish Daily
Carrot greens 2 to 3 cut in to about an inch pieces Daily
Carrots around an inch cut in to pieces Occasionally once a week
Chives 2 cut small every 2 days
Cucumber skinned and cut in to pieces occasionally once a week/ fortnight.
Mustard cress 5 to 6 stems Daily
Red pepper 4 to 5 small pieces Daily
Grapes 1 cut in to quarters occasionally once a week
Apricot 1/4 cut in to pieces occasionally once a week

I handle him for 5 minuets each day to try and get him more settled, Is there another way to get him to settle on me?. Or am i trying to much too soon as he was not handled for so long.
I Hope this can be sorted and I look forward to learning what I can off you all.


I have tried up loading pictures of Bert and his home but says they are too big ????



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:42 am 
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General husbandry good with temps OK. However dragons do see red light so that needs to be turned off at night. Don't worry about the temp drop they are quite OK with 16C which is about normal ambient temp in a house over night. As the prefer to bask under a white light you may also want to consider switching to normal household spotlights Phillips RO80 are perfect and cheaper. Loose the wood chip it has caused more than one death through ingestion and subsequent impaction. Switch to playsand and sandstone slabs, live food doesn't hide in it, easier to clean and helps keep claws short.
With the food I'd cut back the broccoli to an occasional food as it contains stuff that inhibits calcium uptake, onion type plants are dangerous so stop the chives otherwise looking good. Dandelions (leaf and flower) are good as are day lily flowers and chinese veg (bok choy, choy sum) . He will take a while to settle but with a change of light and complete darkness at night should improve.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:53 am 
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Rick
Thank you for the information :D and i will change the red bulb to a Phillips RO80, will that heat Bert's home.

I know this section is for introducing our selves in this area but once I start I get carried away so sorry all. :oops:

Any suggestions or help will be gratefully received.

Many thanks Roger :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:53 am 
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Rick
Thank you for the information :D and i will change the red bulb to a Phillips RO80, will that heat Bert's home.

I know this section is for introducing our selves in this area but once I start I get carried away so sorry all. :oops:

Any suggestions or help will be gratefully received.

Many thanks Roger :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:33 am 
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75 watt R80 should do the trick OK I used those for years with no problems - just remember to check it after a couple of hours. You may need to go to 100 watt but I wouldn't expect that as they throw a pretty concentrated beam.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:29 am 
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Hi Rick

Thank you for the informing me to switch the red light off at night as it has made a big improvement in Bert as he is more alive through the day.


WHAT A CHANGE.

Soo glad i joined this site

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:40 pm 
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It's just the same as you trying to sleep with the light on and a heater going full blast ! Not easy or comfortable.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:56 am 
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Hi Rick :D
I have changed the red bulb for a R80
That night he had the best sleep i have known , Yesterday day he had been running all over the Viv.
Today Bert looks better and more alive, I brill to see Bert so lively. :o


Thanks again Rick

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