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    Question New Crested owner needing help!!


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    So I always OVER THINK everything in general, but I just want to make sure I am doing all I can right for my baby crestie and Iím not putting him in danger of anything I do trying to help. My MAIN concern is the temperature of the tank. It stays at a constant 68 degrees during the day, so I went to two different reptile shops and they both said 68 is way too cold for my Creatie for day time. Both shops recommended that I get a red night light that I keep on during the day to help keep the temp up (is this okay?!?) I called another place and the lady said cresties can pretty much live though anything, and as long as itís not super low 60s or under during the day heíll be ok? But Iíve had the red night heat lamp on the tank all day because I feel It IS too cold. From what Iíve read here this is freaking me out and making me think I did the wrong thing by keeping constant light/heat on the cage! But even with the 20w red night light/ heat bulb it still is about 68 69 Iíve read everywhere that low 60s is fine for night time but recommend mid 70s for day. I donít know how to keep up the heat in my babyís home without a heat bulb I even try to cover one side thatís all screen with a blanket to try & help keep some of the heat in and it doesnít help. The weather has been much cooler than usual (I live in Southern California and itís usually 75-80 during the day) but lately itís been about 60-67. We turn on the heater sometimes and it helps raise the temp to like 70-73 but then drops after the heartier is off awhile. I also have a really small heat pad on one side of the tank thatís for a 1gal- 5gal tank. My tank is 16x16x30 so I know this isnít overheating the tank at all just a warm spot for him to chill, but he rarely ever goes there! Please please help me figure out a good set up to help my situation. And if the setup I have right now is okay how can I improve it? Is the bulb okay to have on all day? Is 68 really TOO cold for daytime? Is a heat pad a bad idea? I feel terrible & feel that Iím putting my crestie through stress if his tank isnít in a happy place. Please help a really stressed out momma!!

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    Firstly, stop freaking out. To quote Catbug, "Everything is going to OK". 68 - 77F is AOK. If you're super concerned, just put a light on the tank during the day. A regular 60watt bulb or even a 23 watt compact fluorescent is going to put out more than enough heat to get those temps into the low 70s. Placing a better heat pad on the side might be good as well, so long as you can monitor the temps in the enclosure to make sure it isn't getting too hot. I live in Texas and my tank hovers around 79-81F during the day and my gecko is just fine. Outside the normal temperature range is still fine, and if it's only temporary then you really shouldn't worry about it unless your gecko exhibits signs of distress. It sometimes gets cold in New Caladonia as well you know.

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