I had artificial moss reptile carpet (recommended by reptile shop) turned out to be bad advice!!! Even though it looked great Toby my 7 week old leo was grabbing bits of it while lunging to grab his crickets. So it had to go. Also the large rock cave I had over the heat mat area was over 36c (too hot)
I changed the substrate to kitchen roll but some of the crickets would hide under it, also the temps were very difficult to stabilise.
This morning I saw 2 crickets still in his tank. I decided that kitchen roll wasn't the answer for me due to crickets or hoppers hiding meaning they could annoy Toby when he's sleeping.
A looked at the underside of the moss carpet and it was flat and I soon had it as the new substrate.
it looked great and no gaps for the insects to hide
regarding the temperatures, I moved the rock cave to the cool side and placed half a terracotta pot with a larger opening while still providing plenty of room inside and the temp inside is now 34.2c
also all other temperatures are now as they should be. Also the humid hide is 100% on the hot side. As you can see in the above pic, Toby has plenty of hides, there is a kitchen roll tube in the coolbarea that he loves using 25.3c inside. The bark that i just placed over the top of the area provides additional hiding areas.
I am totally new to leo's, however the advice I have received from members of GU has been excellent. Toby has a big fat tail, eats very eagerly and goes to the toilet once a day .
Even though my temps are now managed I am aware my 18"x18" vivarium will not be big enough long term.