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    Hi Everyone,
    We just brought home our 12 month old beloved crestie three days ago. I know that it can take a while for him to adjust to his new home and eat, but I think that he is too cold since our home is air conditioned. He has not changed places in the terrarium since yesterday, even at night. We have had so much conflicting information on heating and lighting. We have a uvb lamp for the day and were told to use it 12 hours then we were told only 4 hours. We were also told to heat him slightly to use a purple night light 25w during the day and night. We turn the uvb light off at night and keep the purple light on. We were now told to add ceramic heat or a red heat lamp as our home is on the cool side. His tank is usually 19C (67F) mid tank. Our tank is an exo-terra 18x18x24. We really don't want to add a heat pad if we don't need to. What lighting would you recommend for our beloved crestie Flash, to help him adjust to his new home. I'm really worried about him. Thanks.

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    Welcome to GU! There is more than one way to do things, so there will be conflicting information. It's not unusual for a gecko to take awhile to get used to a new environment and not unusual for a crested gecko to stay in one position for quite awhile. In my opinion, the temperature you list is just fine. I live in New England and have no AC. In the summer there are some pretty hot days where the temperature in the house gets higher than is ideal for crested geckos. In the winter, the temperature in the house may be as low as the mid 60's (F). Everyone does fine. I don't provide additional heat for my crested geckos. I only provide extra lights because I have plants growing in the cages. If there is ambient light in the room where the gecko is and you don't have live plants in the enclosure, in my opinion no extra lighting at all is needed. You may also find that the food (CGD) seems to be constantly untouched. Try not to worry about this. It's very common. They don't eat all that much. Many of my gecko bowls seem to be full on feeding day.

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    Thanks so much for the reply. I'll try not to worry about my new gecko baby. He's probably just adjusting.

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