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Posted by ArtsyKitten on May 10, 2003 at 20:52:15:
In Reply to: New cage setup with Pics =) posted by Raymond Moreno on May 10, 2003 at 15:41:04:
Thanks for the suggestions =) Yes the light is UVB, a reptisun 5.0. although i need to get a new bulb soon, its almost been 6 months.. and i moved it so its more directly above where he basks, and its definately at the most 8 inches from it. as for the stability of the rock, it looked unstable to me too, and i seriously must have check it and moved it around 20 times because it still looked like it was going to fall right off of there, but it is surprisingly very stable. and i actually put the rocks in there so it WASNT so cluttered, the cage was pretty cluttered at first. its very bare and open now with the rocks. i have an entire pile of cage decor i took out of there to put the rocks in,lol. it seems like he has plenty of room, but i got to thinkin, i THINK he might have a stunted growth a little bit, but i am going to post a question about it above. =)
:But if I may, a few "suggestions".
:1) The basking rock doesn't look too solid. And by the size of your beardie, he looks like he might be able to topple it over onto himself. Just be careful about this, as it can maim, or even kill him if it falls on him.
:2) I noticed that you have a flourescent light fixture above the cage. Do you have a UVB emitting bulb in it? And secondly, you should try to make some type of basking log (or something), to allow him to get within 8" inces from it. My beardie basks (equally), under the basking light, as well as the flourescent lights.
:3) The rock slabs in his cage look really neat. (Very natural-looking). But as he grows bigger, you'll need to take some of the "clutter" out of there to give him room to stretch-out in. I know that the rocks are good for him to climb on and keep his nails short...but he also needs breathing room as he gets older. And this larger open space will (from what I hear), also enable him to grow larger, as he will not feel so cramped-up.
:Don't take this as DESTRUCTIVE criticism, cuz your cage looks "mauvelous, dahling". But take this as CONSTRUCTIVE criticism so that your beardie will be able to grow and bask in the most natural way - without any hinderences.
:Did I mention that your cage looks great?!!
:In Christ: Raymond
:...but :Yep, thats what it is. It dries up very quickly and i havent had any problems with humidity.