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QUESTION: His tank is about 22 in tall. And I'm planning on getting a double dome light fixture I sent a picture.

ANSWER: Hello Mandi,

Are you going to use a mercury vapor bulb in one of those dome light fixtures?
Remember not to use any compact/coil UVB light as they are terrible quality & will hurt his eyes.  

How is he doing today?

Tracie

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QUESTION: Most likely if I can find the right type at petco or petsmart. He's doing good  I rapped him in a damp towel and gave him a bath in warm water and dripped some on his head to help the sheddig

ANSWER: Hello Mandi,

That sounds good.  I hope his shedding is coming along well now.
The only brand at the petstore I would remotely recommend would be the Powersun mercury vapor bulb.
The other brand would be the Arcadia D3 12% mercury vapor bulb you can get from  www.lightyourreptiles.com

Tracie

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Hello Mandi,

The compact/coil lights emit the incorrect wavelength frequency of UVB & are known to be harmful to their eyes.  
You will need either the long tubes of one of the brands I mentioned or the Arcadia mercury vapor bulb or the Powersun.
Remember on UVB, less expensive lights are usually poor quality.  
He will need UVB or else he wont be able to absorb his calcium or vitamins properly & will eventually succumb to metabolic bone disease.

How is he doing today?

Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.

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I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

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I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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