I'm considering getting one sometime and was wondering about how you decorate their terrariums. I found a 45 gallon aquarium on CL that I may buy, and then slowly build it up to be suitable for my future beardie.
I like to completely plan out my dream set-up before I start buying anything, so what do your tanks look like?
I kind of like the idea of making my tank look as natural as possible. I had a leapard gecko a few years ago. I had taken him in from a step-brother which included his tank. I had always hated what his tank looked like, but never really found anything to replace his decor with.
Not myself but a friend of the family had one when he lived here for a time. He kept it in a 75g it mas mostly sand but it had a cave, a pool, a feeding dish, a piece of drift wood, and some large rocks for basking.
It was a neat creature, didn't like me as it tried to tail whip me twice. ^_^
75 gallons wow. I wish I could get so something that big to spoil my future dragon, but there simply is no place to fit a tank that big in my bedroom without getting rid of other essential furniture....like my bookshelf haha. Even a 55 gallon would be pushing it, I plan to keep the terrarium on my dresser and a 55 would hang over its edges :/ a 45 however would fit perfectly and the minimum is supposedly 40 for an adult.
As far as the substrate, I really love the look of sand, but apparently it's pretty hard to keep up and will get flung everywhere (including into the water) and you'll risk harming the dragon because of ingestion.
I may just go with ceramic tile....maybe I can find some that mimics The look of rock/sand.
As for the tail whipping, I read somewhere that it was a sign of being ready/willing to mate so maybe it did like you ;)
Sand is cool looking, but it does bring a risk of impaction. Some people like to give their beardies a 'sand box' to dig in(especially females with a chance of wanting to lay eggs) but other people still say that's an impaction risk. I'd say you might have to watch your own animal and see if they ingest the sand or not. I still would never give sand to a baby or fill an entire enclosure with it.
Tile and slate rocks are cool and easy to clean. I'd say go for it.
40 gallon breeders are minimum but 55s can work. But it's all about the floorspace.
Beardies are awesome.
Babies usually eat 80% protein and 20% green, juvies eat 50/50, adults eat 80% greens and 20% protein!
I'll be aiming for a juvenile or adult as I'll be watching CL and petfinder for my future beardie. And actually I just found a 55 on CL that's $20 cheaper than the 45 I was looking at.....I could just empty out the shelf/table in my closet and it should fit there. All I need is a response from the seller :)
Oh....and access to a bigger car to go pick it up (I drive a tiny hatchback).
I'm in northern VA (Manassas/Woodbridge) and I actually work at a vet clinic. We only do cats and dogs but we have a few we recommend for reptiles.
And no, I don't currently have any exotics.
It may still be a while before I actually get the dragon, I'm thinking of starting a roach colony and growing a few plants to save money on it's food. I thought it would be a good idea to get that up and running before getting the beardie :)
Also, I still have to talk my parents into it....they don't even know I have the aquarium yet haha. I don't think it would take much though...my room isn't completely a part of the house (its in a room off the garage) and I had gerbils not long ago that they had no problem with, plus my bettas now.
Also, I kind of like your hide/backing rock. Did you make that yourself or buy it somewhere?
I had a lot of trouble finding one that would be big enough for a full grown beardie, so I decided to make my own using styrofoam and grout .