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    Hi guys got my first beardie last week and would really like some advice please I have 1200 wide tank with a 23w uvb10 globe and a 100w infrared heat lamp where I got him from they said set temp at 30 degrees at hot end and just leave it on 24/7 I don't think it's right 20220508_172910.jpg20220508_172910.jpg I have put photo in
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    hello Rumble and welcome to our forum, you have come to the right place.
    First up the cool end should be about 28C and the warm end should be about 38C with the basking spot about 40-42C.
    Second the heat should NOT be on 24/7, dragons come from the desert where it gets freezing cold at night. We recommend UV on for 12-14 hours a day and the heat for 10-12 hours, obviously this varies according to season.
    Third IR lights aren't really beneficial, lot's of people tell you beardies can't see red light but this is false.
    Most of us buy Philips spot lamps from the hardware store, not only much cheaper but more effective.
    Obviously this is just a quick reply but it gives you a start point from some-one who actually keeps and breeds dragons.
    If you need any more info don't be afraid to ask
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    Thanks for the reply dragonlover will the Phillips globe heat the whole enclosure to the temps needed or do I need a secondary heat source
    Also I got a beautiful central netted dragon at illawarra reptile expo today off you if I'm not mistaken he goes into his enclosure tomorrow any tips for set up I'm all ears thanks once again for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble85 View Post
    Thanks for the reply dragonlover will the Phillips globe heat the whole enclosure to the temps needed or do I need a secondary heat source
    Also I got a beautiful central netted dragon at illawarra reptile expo today off you if I'm not mistaken he goes into his enclosure tomorrow any tips for set up I'm all ears thanks once again for the help
    the 1 light should do but the problem will be that glass doesn't hold heat and if it's a mesh top all the heat will go out through the top especially as we move into winter.You might need to wrap the back and sides with some insulation, foam,cardboard or a towel are some ways to achieve this. You might also need to partially cover the top.

    Yes that was me at Illawarra
    For the Netted I'd use a 60cm enclosure 10UV lamp and a 40W Philips spotlamp with similar furniture to your beardy
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    The enclosure for the netted is 900x600x600 timber enclosure so will 40w phillips still be enough and 75w for the large glass tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble85 View Post
    The enclosure for the netted is 900x600x600 timber enclosure so will 40w phillips still be enough and 75w for the large glass tank
    Since you're using a 900 I'd go a 60W and the 75W might work in the 1200 , check the temps and see ,if not you might need 100W
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    Thanks very much for the help my temps worked out great and the netted dragon loves her new home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumble85 View Post
    Thanks very much for the help my temps worked out great and the netted dragon loves her new home
    That's great , I'm glad I was able to help . Don't forget to give us an update now and then.
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