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    Newbie enclosure setup advice.

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    Hi all. My daughter and I have decided to adopt a beardie and have a steep learning curve. We have purchased an enclosure and stand 1200 x 60 x 45. It has a 30w 10.0 uv tube mounted inside the enclosure. It came with a 75w heat lamp and a 100w infrared globe both with dimming thermostats. As well as two timers built in controling power points. After some advice I will not use the infrared lamp.
    I am getting 40 degrees on the basking rock and 32 degrees around it. Bit hard at moment to test cold side as it is 30 degrees ambient any how.
    I am planning to have the uv tube and the heat lamp on 14 hours a day controlled by one of the timers. Can I use the second lamp holder in winter with a lower rated globe controlled by the other thermostat or will that be overkill. Should I have a hide on the cool side of the enclosure. I have set up a ramp and branch at the moment to get us started and learning.
    We are hoping to get our new family member this weekend.
    If anyone can see anything obvious that may need attention we are all ears.
    I have tried to attach images.
    Thanks

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    Thanks Brian

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    I let the experts answer lol.
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    Hi and welcome to the forum,40C at the basking spot is okay but I'd get a thicker branch and angle it up more so your dragon can choose where he/she wants to bask.A branch should be about or slightly more than the thickness of the body of your scaley friend.The first year you might want to keep your dragon awake during winter to make him big and strong but the second year he will sleep no matter what you do.Yes put a hide in the cool end as well as the hot end so he can choose.
    Good choice dumping the infra red.
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    Thanks, we will endeavor to find a fatter branch, I appreciate the advice.
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    Hi there, I'm also adopting, a 5"year old male. What is the info regarding the red UV light? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanyasp View Post
    Hi there, I'm also adopting, a 5"year old male. What is the info regarding the red UV light? Thanks
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    seriously, dragons want something like the sun ; a bright white light,most of us buy Philips spot lamps from Bunnings (brand names optional) you can get them in a variety of sizes so you can get the heat zones you need.Use timers to regulate your temps,if it's a hot day turn the heat lamps off for a longer siesta.
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    Apparently they are of no use for beardies. They need a bright incandescent bulb. Try different wattages
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