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    There is no need to compact it, just leave it loose. Don't forget to put up some pics, we love to see other peoples set-ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    There is no need to compact it, just leave it loose. Don't forget to put up some pics, we love to see other peoples set-ups.
    Here is some pics with everything in. I am still unsure about the second driftwood on the cooler side. I will look if I find an alternative at today's expo. I am thinking of a sort of rock or hide.

    I also replaced the screen top with a solid top that I made. It has a large hole for the Basking lamp and the Uvb mounts easier in the wood. I mounted the uvb just to the side of the Basking light.

    I also printed the background from an image I found online.

    So I still need the beardie, feeders, calcium powder and a proper thermometer. I spoke to a guy at a pet shop yesterday when I bought the UVB lamp and he told me they are scarce at the moment, so we're hoping to get one at the expo today.

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    Slowly coming together. The reason for the screen top is to help with humidity/ventilation. Have you got another way to do this after closing it in?

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    Can you get the log on the basking side higher? Perhaps you can cut an opening for a vent in the lid to help with Ren's post.
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    You need to get the basking log higher,maybe a bigger one? Definitely need some sort of hide, a cave or stack of rocks or sticks, just make sure it can't collapse on your dragon. You can glue bits together to make a hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    Slowly coming together. The reason for the screen top is to help with humidity/ventilation. Have you got another way to do this after closing it in?
    I've drilled a few holes in the top. I drilled 13 holes of about 8mm. Is that enough or should I go back to the screen top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    You need to get the basking log higher,maybe a bigger one? Definitely need some sort of hide, a cave or stack of rocks or sticks, just make sure it can't collapse on your dragon. You can glue bits together to make a hide.
    I was just afraid of the temp at the Basking spot going too high. If I lift it up the temperature goes above 40 degrees on the basking spot. Is that fine and will she move once it gets too hot? I have noticed that the temperature goes higher with the solid top compared with the screen top.

    If I go back to the screen top, how do I attach the UV light

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    Oh, and here are some pics of the new baby.

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    You'd have to put in a gauge to track your humidity to see if the holes you drilled worked. Be on top of it though, if it is too high with the solid top you'll want to fix it fast. If needed you can cut a small hole in the screen top and mount a ceramic fitting straight into it for the uvb (and the heat lamp for that matter). I did so back when I had a 900x450x450 tank and had no problems. To be honest, looking at the pics I don't know if it's angles or proportions or what but it looks small. If it's as small as it looks you'll already need to start planning your upgrade because the little tyke is like one of those toys that grows overnight in water. Sometimes it seems like they double in size every month.

    Lifting the log just lifts the basking area temp without affecting overall warm/cool end temp gradient and yes, it'll move to where it wants to be. I think you could solidly wedge all of the branches there on the warm side which would have some sticking up higher, and then have room on the cool side for a hide - win/win.

    And...squeeal. Look at how adorable it is!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    You'd have to put in a gauge to track your humidity to see if the holes you drilled worked. Be on top of it though, if it is too high with the solid top you'll want to fix it fast. If needed you can cut a small hole in the screen top and mount a ceramic fitting straight into it for the uvb (and the heat lamp for that matter). I did so back when I had a 900x450x450 tank and had no problems. To be honest, looking at the pics I don't know if it's angles or proportions or what but it looks small. If it's as small as it looks you'll already need to start planning your upgrade because the little tyke is like one of those toys that grows overnight in water. Sometimes it seems like they double in size every month.

    Lifting the log just lifts the basking area temp without affecting overall warm/cool end temp gradient and yes, it'll move to where it wants to be. I think you could solidly wedge all of the branches there on the warm side which would have some sticking up higher, and then have room on the cool side for a hide - win/win.

    And...squeeal. Look at how adorable it is!!!
    Thanks for the advice. Just some feedback.

    I changed the solid top back to the screen top and fit the UVB light to the glass in the enclosure. I also moved the branches to one side, stacking them to make the basking spot higher. I went looking for a hide but couldn't get one that was suitable so I started building one which will be done during the coming week.

    In the meantime I put a box in as a hide but she doesn't seem interested in it and fell asleep on her Basking branch.

    Yesterday afternoon after we got her she had about 10 crickets and today she had about 22, split between morning and afternoon. At this stage she does not seem that interested in veg as she only had a bit of butternut this afternoon.

    My worry at this stage is that she hasn't pooped yet. From what I read babies should go about once a day.

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