So when I set up my first bearded dragon tank, I had a lot of problems. I needed to fix a lot of things. After I did that, I thought to myself that everything was fine now. However, I noticed that my cage looked somehow empty, even with the basking spot, the food bowls, and everything.
Yepp, I needed a cool bearded dragon background for my cage. I thought it would be pretty easy to find one, but in fact, it was pretty hard.
Most of the really good looking backgrounds were pretty expensive and I couldn´t afford to spend another $70 just on a background. On the other hand, I did not want to stick a very cheap looking, one-colored foil on my new terrarium. So I had to do a little bit of research.
Fortunately, you do not have to do the research, since I already did it for you. In this article, I show you what my favorite background for a bearded dragon tank is and I show you what you can do to avoid very high costs if you want to get a good looking background! I hope you enjoy!
Want a good looking background? Do not do this
So what is the first thing you do if you want to buy a background for your terrarium as soon as possible? Right, you run like the devil to the next pet shop and get one.
Well, this is probably the biggest mistake you can make. In our time, we, fortunately, have the internet which is a big help here. Why do I say that?
In the past, I also ran to the pet shop and bought everything the salesperson told me, just because I thought: She/He is a salesperson in a pet shop, she/he must be right.
You know what happened? The first time my new good looking background, which was absolutely recommended by the salesperson, dissolved when it got in contact with water.
You know what that cost me? It really cost me around $65! So I lost 65 bucks, just because I was too lazy to do my research and I was not patient enough to order it online and wait for it a few days to arrive.
Does that sound familiar to you? Lol, tell me about it in the comment section and let´s have a laugh together 🙂
So if you want to get a good background, or whatever you want to get, be patient and do your research. Of course, there are also very good pet shops, with people who do a great job, unfortunately, however, it is the minority.
Do not use glue without doing your research!
Happened to a lot of people who owned reptiles for the first time. They got a background and used glue to fix it. After a couple of days, their reptile was dead, because it inhaled the toxic gas from the glue.
I recommend to use double faced adhesive tape to fix backgrounds. You should make sure that they can´t get wet. Of course, this is only for backgrounds that are placed in the cage.
If you just use a normal foil, you should tape it on the outside of your tank. Did I really need to write that sentence? Whatever ….lol
Here are my favourite backgrounds for a bearded dragon terrarium
Universal Rocks Ledge Reptile Rigid Foam Background
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on Size
So the first one is definitely one of the more expensive backgrounds for terrariums. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The background looks so real and you can create an awesome and natural-looking bearded dragon habitat with it.
Not only that this background looks best in my opinion, but my bearded dragons also love to use the protruding “rocks” as a basking spot.
Especially young bearded dragons are very active and love to explore everything. Therefore this background is absolutely great, my babies climbed the rocks up and down.
So even if this background is very big and protrudes into the tank a bit, you are giving your beardies more room to move.
The material is not flexible and it is very easy to clean. Just clean it with water and wait for it to dry. It normally dries within a day, but of course, you can also put it in your tank when it is still a little bit wet.
If you want to buy this background, make sure to pick up some double-sided tape before. The background unfortunately only comes with two small velcro strips and that is not enough to fix it in my opinion.
For whom is this terrarium background?
I recommend this background to every beardie owner who has a big tank and wants to create a very natural-looking dragon habitat without cutting or trying to fit it in the terrarium.
Make sure that you get the right size for your tank!
48-Inch by 20-Inch
48-Inch by 16-Inch
30-Inch by 18-Inch
24-Inch by 16-Inch
24-Inch by 12-Inch
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The next background is definitely cheaper than the first background, but it also looks extremely good in a well-designed terrarium as you can see in the picture below.
Exo Terra Background
Rating: 3.8 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on the size (Around $10 to around $30)
This terrarium is made of non-toxic polystyrene of course. I used this background not only for my bearded dragon habitats, but I also used it for the terrarium of my chameleon.
In a well-designed terrarium, this background looks awesome and besides that, it is definitely more affordable than the first one. You can also cut this background and adjust it to your tank if that is needed.
Other than the Universal Rocks Background, your dragons are not able to climb this background up and down. For bearded dragons this background is ideal, but I would not use it for terrariums of bigger and stronger reptiles.
The background is very foamy and it can be damaged by the claws of strong and big reptiles.
For whom is this reptile terrarium background?
I recommend this background to people who want a good looking background in their tank, but do not want to spend too much money on it.
Of course, you can buy this background in many different sizes, so make sure you get the right size for your terrarium.
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I used the background below very often and my bearded dragon breeder uses the background below for all of his baby dragon tanks.
Zoo Med Natural Cork Tile Background
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Stars
Price: Depends on size. (Around $10 to $30)
As I already said, my beardie breeder uses this background for all of his tanks and in my opinion, it looks very good. I also used this background before I replaced it with the Universal Rocks Ledge Background.
Some people are concerned that this background could grow mold in the tank. I can only say that I never had this problem in my tanks, the background holds up against moisture. A good friend of mine who owns Chinese water dragons also uses this tank and he neither has this problem. So this is more a myth than a fact.
Further, this product has a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 Stars on Amazon and it definitely would not get such a high rating if it would cause problems.
Please note that sometimes the cork tiles are a little bit smaller than in the description. For this, I recommend purchasing it bigger than you actually need it and cut it to make it fit in your tank.
I recommend using aquatic silicone to paste the tile to the glass. The tile can be bend when you get it and that makes it extremely hard to attach this background with normal double-sided tape.
For whom is this background?
You can use this background in every terrarium. No matter what size you dragon tank is, this product will fit perfectly and it does not take much space since the material is very thin.
Personally I like to use it in my baby tanks since this background is pretty cheap and doesn´t take much space.
The price is definitely affordable, especially for smaller tanks.
Make sure that you get the right size for your tank.
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So, in my opinion, these are the best-looking dragon backgrounds you can find. If you want to add an awesome bearded dragon background to your tank, I am sure you found something in this article.
I am interested, what kind of background do you use? Are you satisfied?
Did you ever use any of the backgrounds I recommend here? What is your opinion? 🙂
Tell me about it in the comment section below, I will get back to you as soon as I can.
If you have any questions, simply leave your question in the comments, I usually get back to my readers quickly!
All the best,
If I set the tank against the wall, can I tape a background to the wall outside the tank? Or does it have to be inside?
if it is a “3D” background, then it should be insiade the tank.
If it is just a foil it should be on the outside of the tank anyway, so it is up to you 🙂
I immediately love your work and suggestions, and I was looking into getting a baby dragon. Which background do you suggest for it?
thank you very much 🙂
I like the backgrounds that alow bearded dragons to climb a little bit. The choice is yours. The backgrounds in this article are pretty cool in my opinion.