The 36” x 15” Bearded Dragon set up is the most basic starter kit for Bearded Dragons. This is a good option if you need to save a bit of space or if you dont want to go for a full sized set up straight away. It is designed to house a baby Beardie from about 8 weeks for a maximum of 1 year. At a year old, a Bearded Dragon will outgrow this set up and will need to be moved up to a minimum of a 48” x 15” set up.
This set up comes with everything you need to house a Bearded Dragon successfully including a heat bulb and mat, UVB lighting, substrate, décor, water bowl and thermometer. Further upgrades are available for this set up to make it even better for your Beardie – one of the most important being a Thermostat. For more info, see below.
If you only go for one extra piece of kit with your set up this is the one to get. We cannot stress how important and useful a thermostat is. The only reason we don’t include it in the kit is because, it tends to be the only piece of kit people keep from kits they are upgrading. Not having one is very time consuming and can potentially be very dangerous. As your home changes temperature (ie central heating on and off) so will your tank without a thermostat. The addition of a Habistat Dimming thermostat automatically dims or brightens your heating source depending on the pre-set temperature you choose. This will keep your animal safe from dangerous overheating. Plus give your animal a stable set of temperatures with which to regulate its body temperature effectively.
The digital thermostats are much the same as the basic ones discussed above, but with some added benefits. You will get a digital readout, added safety cut off and a separate channel for putting an extra electrical item on a timer. The Digital thermostat will also allow you to program a controlled night time drop in temperature (very useful for many chameleons). Plus it will give you a permanent readout off the current temperature inside your enclosure on an easy to read display.
This upgrade came about after new opinions regarding night time darkness. We quite often advise keeping heating running 24hr a day (where appropriate) due to most homes getting far too cold for the reptiles in question if your normal incandescent light were to be turned off. This option allows for the replacement of a longer lasting fitting made of ceramic. In addition your bulb is replaced with a top quality Moonlight dark bulb that produces far less light than a normal bulb. Meaning your animal can regulate its temp day and night. Whist getting the night time darkness it would prefer.
This addition keeps your animal safely in the enclosure. Often it is a more useful as a way of keeping unwanted attention out. Such as young children and other curious pets.
As it says we will upgrade your analogue thermometer for a digital thermometer with probe. This will make it easier to read and less opening and closing your enclose to check it’s all work correctly. The digital thermometer is also more accurate and measures the temperature to an accuracy 0.1F.
Some may well be aware that nearly all tubes currently on the market lose the ability to produce UV after about 6 months. This option allows you to upgrade you tube to an Arcadia 12% D3+, which we believe is the best T8 tube on the market right now. D3 Plus is the only T8 tube that we are aware of that produces a guaranteed 12% UV for a full 12 months. So not only a better tube, but cheaper over the course of a year compared to buying 2 weaker tubes.