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    This is my first attempt at reptile ownership. These two little guys are Madagascar Giant Day Geckos (Phelsuma grandis). They live in an exo terra small tall terrarium. I am currently working on the larger terrarium so they have more space when they get bigger. The light I am using is a 35 watt exo terra sunray. The light is great at providing everything they need: light, UVA, UVB, heat. I only wish the fixture/ballast would respond better when using a timer. I tried using a digital and an analog timer. For some reason when it comes time for the light to come on the light struggles to ignite (it is set to come on at 7 am but when i get home at 9 am, the light is not on at all). I have found myself sitting next to it and resetting it a couple of times then waiting for the ballast's internal timer to end so the light would come on. Kind of a PITA.
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    Dinky's first shedding. Before and after. I love how brilliant the colors are now Now just waiting for Slinky to do the same. UPDATE: It's possible Slinky may have already shed his skin and we may have missed it. He is growing nicely and is slightly larger than Dinky. Both appear to be very healthy.
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    If you have honey, they will come!

    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium

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    If you have honey, they will come!

    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium

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    Slinky on the branch. Dinky clinging to the background.
    If you have honey, they will come!

    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium

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    DSC04445.jpgLook at his eyes.
    If you have honey, they will come!

    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium
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    Really cute. Thanks for posting. From what I can tell the sun ray system uses a ballast in the fixture. It is most likely the problem. Do you have issues when it is not connected to the timer with the fixture starting. and alternative would be to use a compact fluorescent for UVB and a halogen for heat. Some people keep their day geckos without UVB and supplement well with Vitamin D, in that case you could use LEDs for bright white light and halogen for heat. I'm a new owner too. My guy is 5 months and have had for 1 month. IMG_9671.jpg

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    I have determined that the ballast is faulty. I have a second one which still works today. I stuck the bulb from the first one into this fixture and it works. I have no idea if the timer(s) did this to the ballast or if the ballast was bad to begin with. Ever since day one there was a 20% chance it would come on with a timer or a 50% chance it would come on manually. I used a digital controller which has a timer built in and I used one of those cheap $10 analog timers I got at a local hardware store. I get the same results. I have not used a timer with the second fixture as of yet. I am reluctant. I have been manually turning it on/off. For my big terrarium, I am not using these fixtures. I will go with another setup. I haven't decided on what I am going to use yet. I have to decide soon. My two geckos are quickly growing out of this small terrarium. The good news is they don't seem to be fighting (yet). They do occasionally share the basking spot, but most of the time they basically spend most of their time on their side of the terrarium (hiding or hanging out). Gorgeous gecko by the way! Have you named him/her?
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    Really cute. Thanks for posting. From what I can tell the sun ray system uses a ballast in the fixture. It is most likely the problem. Do you have issues when it is not connected to the timer with the fixture starting. and alternative would be to use a compact fluorescent for UVB and a halogen for heat. Some people keep their day geckos without UVB and supplement well with Vitamin D, in that case you could use LEDs for bright white light and halogen for heat. I'm a new owner too. My guy is 5 months and have had for 1 month. IMG_9671.jpg
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    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium

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    Take a look at the lights these guys offer before you buy. There's also a vivarium lighting article to read if you'd like.
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    Thanks. His name is Lord Baltimore (I live in Baltimore and it makes fun of the city which I'm not too keen on).

    My guess is that the timer, since the light wasn't operating correctly caused the ballast failure. Not sure which timer you're using. I would ask exo terra support about an appropriate timer.

    I'm using this one (not with your type of light though) and it has worked well, and is high capacity. Amazon.com: Sunlite 05005-SU T300 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Timer: Home Improvement

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    11896510_10154115453545299_5024719468166266782_o.jpgI am almost finished with the big terrarium. Need to hook up the heaters, plus the lighting controller and....the hardest part transferring the gecko(s) in here. Ran some tests on the UVB T5 lamp, puts out good UV, got the heat lamps adjusted just right for 95F surface temperature. Mister hooked up. GTG. Can't wait!
    If you have honey, they will come!

    - 3x Madagascar Giant Day Geckos: Two Females (Dinky and Slinky) 15 months old. One Male (Winky) Approx. 11 months old.

    - Exo Terra 36x18x36 Terrarium
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