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  1. Remnra

    Remnra Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Ok so I get back from doing laundry this morning with my youngest, and I find Stripes (kiddos named him that since when we got him we didn't know if he was a girl or boy plus he's got 2 orange stripes that ran down his back) he was sitting at the bottom of his tank with his beard puffed up dark near black color, and half his tail was the same. And he was just almost laying down at the bottom of the tank. I looked up it said that if the tail turns black it could be tail rot if it's going soft. Well I did a few test squeezes and the tail is nice and firm. His beard is stuck in puff mode as well. He was fine last night when I checked on him. Normally through out the day he would be in his water dish chilling out. His tank temp is 93 with humidity at 46. He's got a heat lamp and a day bulb for basking and I make sure his food gets changed every day or every 12 hours on days I work. His water gets changed daily unless he poops in it that day. I've uploaded some pics of stripes

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  2. JumpinJellyfish

    JumpinJellyfish Juvenile Dragon

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    His tail looks normal - they can get dark like that when they're stressed, or just absorbing heat. You mentioned a heat bulb and day(?) Bulb. Do you have a (tube, not coil) UVB bulb as well? If the day bulb is one of those blue bulbs, consider replacing it with a white one,or just not using it, if you don't need the extra heat. Colored bulbs can hurt a beardie's eyes. You also want the tank to have a temp gradient, so the beardie can choose between full basking heat and a cooler area.
    He's a pretty dragon. :0)
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    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    Yes please get a bright white basking bulb --- you want your basking temps to be 105-110 for a baby but he looks older so 95-105 would be good -- those temps should be taken w/ a infrared heat gun for best accurate temps--- you can get one from Walmart Home Depot or Lowes for around $10--- also the substrate what is in there? For a good substrate I recommend a textured non stick shelf liner from Home Depot or Lowes it is cheap easy to clean w/ vinegar/ water in a spray bottle 50/50--- insects cannot get underneath--- if you need the extra h eat please get a CHE ceramic heat emitter - they have no light just heat --- the UVB should not be a coil--- here is some info on that
    Which UVB light should I use?

    The best UVB light is a ReptiSun 10.0 fluorescent tube HO (Or Arcardia 12% in the UK). Compact or coil bulbs do not emit the proper amount of UVB light for a bearded dragon, and should not be used. Other brands, such as the Zilla Desert Series and ReptiGlo have been known to cause eye problems and other health issues with bearded dragons, and should be avoided. The reason that some UVB lights (Zilla, ReptiGlo, coils/compacts, ect.) are considered dangerous is because the wavelength of UVB that they emit is shorter and more intense than the wavelength of the "safe" lights (ReptiSun, Arcadia). UVB lights should be replaced every 6 months. The T5’s are a strong bulb and only need to be replaced once a year – the T 8 every 6 months--- where as the T 8 are not as strong—they need to be placed inside the tank the T 5 10.0 bulb approx 10-11 inches from basking spot – the T 8 approx 8-10 inches from basking spot—the cover needs to be off the bulb for full effect of the UVB rays--
    If you have any more questions please ask
    kaylyn
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