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    First time poster and hoping to get some advice from you guys.
    MY son got a Madagascar Day Gecko in March.
    He and I put together a Paluradium complete with ~10gallon aquarium at the bottom and a MistKing system.

    "Gleck" the Gecko has been in it since day one and seems to love it; no problems.

    Since then we have added a MistKing system and he has grown nicely.

    The Problem...

    Gleck spends A LOT of time on the glass door of the enclosure. This makes it difficult for cleanings, feedings, water changes, pretty much EVERYTHING necessary for proper tank care.

    We can sometimes convince him to move using the cricket tongs and gently touching him; the issue is I don't want to knock him into the water below or open the door enough to allow him to escape. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
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    It's worthwhile considering whether it's too hot on the perch under the basking light or whether there's some other reason he's not spending more time on that perch. It may be worthwhile adding a perch that spans the width of the enclosure and that's not right up against the wall. It may also end up being a situation where you wait until he finds a different favorite place which does tend to happen (unless there's some husbandry reason why he's not using other parts of the enclosure).

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    Thanks... The door hangout is a recent development... past 5-6 weeks. I've wanted to put a piece of bamboo across the tank at a lower midway point but need to find something that spans the distance. The Fluker bamboo with suction cups isn't long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medicjd3 View Post
    Thanks... The door hangout is a recent development... past 5-6 weeks. I've wanted to put a piece of bamboo across the tank at a lower midway point but need to find something that spans the distance. The Fluker bamboo with suction cups isn't long enough.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Try sourcing bamboo from a local garden center. Awhile back I purchased some loooong bamboo that I trim to fit in place.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Try sourcing bamboo from a local garden center. Awhile back I purchased some loooong bamboo that I trim to fit in place.
    I actually have some real bamboo, and it's long enough, but I'm not sure how to secure it across the tank the way I want it: Horizontally across the tank with the ends on the glass... the way the suction cups would hold it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medicjd3 View Post
    I actually have some real bamboo, and it's long enough, but I'm not sure how to secure it across the tank the way I want it: Horizontally across the tank with the ends on the glass... the way the suction cups would hold it.
    Find suction cups somewhat larger than the bamboo's diameter from a local hardware store or online. Remove the hooks, if necessary. Apply a dab of vegetable oil to the inside of each cup. That makes them "grip" longer.

    Another way to attach bamboo to glass is to use aquarium-safe silicone on each end.

    Have you heard about a layered substrate to supply adequate humidity for Phelsuma? Then falling into the water would not be an issue.

    Water the Hydro balls through the top layer when the environment dries out some.

    From the bottom up:
    3rd layer: Zoo Med's Premium Repti Bark (100% pure fir bark) or Eco Earth's Coco [B]Fiber substrate perhaps topped with sphagnum moss
    2nd layer: weed blocker cloth (water permeable)
    1st layer: several inches of Hydroton (clay culture marble-sized balls) from a hydroponics or pet store
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    Just cut a piece of bamboo to size and jam it in there. No silicone or suction cups needed. If it's a bit off in size, it will be at a slight angle from the horizontal. Just don't cut it too small. A little too big is ideal.

    Aliza

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