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Discussion in 'Bearded Dragon Enclosures' started by skibunny, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. skibunny

    skibunny Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hi,
    We are looking to get a bearded dragon for our family and I found this exo terra 40 gallon adult bearded dragon starter kit. It is $189.99 at walmart. I know with these kits they can be a waste of money because there are many things in the kit that are not appropriate and shouldn't be used but this one seemed pretty good and at a good price. Here is what it includes:
    40 gallon long terrarium with sliding screen top
    sand mat (I would replace this with reptile carpet)
    ceramic light fixture
    Solar glo mercury vapor bulb 160W
    light bracket - light dome support fixture
    thermometer
    water dish and feeding dish
    calcium with d3 and multivitamin supplements
    care guide

    I realize I would need some hides and a basking spot but I thought with the exception of the sand mat, this kit seemed like a good start. Also, can I put a baby beardie in this type of setup? Thanks!
  2. kaylynangel

    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    Please look at the post under general discussion Newbies Guide what to buy ---- if you have any more questions please ask --- and I would not buy a kit they are a waste of money -- it says 40 gallon on the newbie guide but that will need to be replaced by the time hes a a little over a year as they do outgrow the tank --- I would look at getting a bigger one w/ front doors - it is alot easier to manage and I also would look at putting in textured non adhesive shelf liner from Home Depot or Lowes -- easier to clean w/ vinegar / water 50/50 in a spray bottle its cheap and the insects cannot get under neath-------- Please do not get the solar glo bulb ---- you need separate bulbs for basking and UVB - it is a lot easier to manage basking temps ---- please read the newbie guide and ask if you have questions thanks
    kaylyn
  3. skibunny

    skibunny Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hi,
    Thanks for responding. So I guess I'm confused about what size tank I will ultimately need. Everywhere I've read says that a 40 gallon breeder is the correct size for an adult bearded dragon. Is that not the case? This kit is now on sale for $132.99 so I'm seriously considering purchasing it. I'm confused about the heat and UVB. I thought a mercury vapor bulb was ok to use? Sorry. This is all new and a little overwhelming. Thanks for the shelf liner tip. My husband's co-worker uses the reptile carpet and has had no issues but I have also heard of people saying the carpet is a pain in the neck. I'm all for what is easiest!
  4. kaylynangel

    kaylynangel Juvenile Dragon

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    The 40 gallon will eventually be too small - they will outgrow it- by the time he is a little over a year he will need a bigger tank - they recommend 75-120 gallon--- the mercury vapor bulbs are ok but they are hard to control the correct basking temps--I personally dont use them I have mine separate --- often you haft to raise the bulb cuz its too hot and then you lose the correct UVB you need -- its just easier to have them separate---- so w/ that in mind you do what you feel is best --- the shelf liner is a snap--- please make sure you check the general discussion board newbies buyer guide --- what ever is in that kit alot of it is junk and you shouldnt use -- that is why its best not to buy the kit cuz your wasting a lot of money w / the stuff they put in there and you cant use ----- or its bad for the dragon------ if you have any more questions please ask I am here to help
    kaylyn