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    Pygmy Beardie Setup

    I will be picking up hopefully 3 Pygmy Beardies in a few weeks and was hoping to get some feedback on their enclosure before they move in. I've been researching thoroughly and found heaps of conflicting info, but this forum has been an excellent source of helpful hints.

    Below is a picture of the current setup which is 60x60x60 cm's (substrate will be added once I'm happy), the basking spot temp is 40-43 degrees (using a 60w Phillips R80 globe, thanks to ABDF for that one ), the rock below is low 30's as is the branch. The hide under the rock is and the coolest corner are around 27.

    I'm open to feedback on how things may be placed better, I'm thinking there may be too many objects in the enclosure as well. I haven't decide if the UV tube will be in the enclosure on on top, it's an Arcadia T5 10.

    I'll be moving them to a 120x60x60 enclosure when they are bigger.

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    The UV needs to be inside, mesh cuts UV by up to 90% depending on size of mesh. But you really should get rid of the mesh anyway as it will let all the heat out of the top. Vents should be in the sides.
    Temps sound good, but be careful that rocks are a solid stack and can't move, you don't want a crush injury. I used selastic to stick some rocks together years ago but liquid nails now have a new formula for masonry.
    I keep all my pygmies in 60x60x60 , 1 in each. 3 in a 120 should be fine if it's 2 females and 1 male, just make sure there are plenty of hides.
    Let us know how it goes and plenty of pics please.
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    Thanks for the feedback, I have a melamine cover for the mesh top and after putting in on the temps went up a couple of degrees. I was a bit worried that the humidity might increase too much but doesn't seem to be an issue.

    If worse comes to worse I can put a divider in the 120cm enclosure and have 3 60x60x60 setups.

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    My Pygmy's have arrived! All settling in well, they definitely all have their own personalities which is really surprising, we can tell them apart by how they act more than how they look.

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    Yes they are all different, just like us.
    One thing I didn't pick up from your first photo ( because I keep snakes as well) you have a light cage, these are not a good idea in a lizard enclosure as they can hang on it and get burns.
    You are better off removing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Yes they are all different, just like us.
    One thing I didn't pick up from your first photo ( because I keep snakes as well) you have a light cage, these are not a good idea in a lizard enclosure as they can hang on it and get burns.
    You are better off removing it.
    Oh, thanks for the tip, I'll get onto that!

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