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    Lightbulb #10---Some UVB : UVI ratings -- shared August 2017


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    Here are some lighting specs from a friend who has bred Phelsuma mad mads and other Phelsuma for years.

    Ratio of UVB : UVI (UltraViolet Index)
    • Exo Terra compact fluorescent bulbs = 14
    • ***Zoo Med Reptisun compact fluorescent bulbs = 31
    • ***Zoo Med Reptisun fluorescent tubes (T 8 ) = 34
    • ***Arcadia D3 23W E27 - no rating available
    • Sunlight = ~40-50

    For many Phelsuma she recommends:
    • a horizontal basking bar (bamboo is fine) about 6 inches below the bulb
    • 29.4-32.2*C (85-90*F) right underneath the bulb
    • thermal gradient from top to floor of enclosure
    • floor of enclosure: 23.9-26.7*C 75-80*F during the day
    • temperatures about 10*F lower at night
    • she suggests that Phelsuma might choose their location by temperatures rather than by UVB rays

    Melody also shares:
    "I have info on reflectors too, which can make quite a difference! Arcadia sells a good reflector, but you can make one yourself by bending cardboard in an arc and covering it with tinfoil. Surprisingly, the dull side of tinfoil reflects UVB better than the shiny side! And white paint reflects light but not UVB!"

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    "Reptile Lighting" is an awesome FB group. Fran Baines, DVM, is one of the admins.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 12-16-2018 at 06:57 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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    Lightbulb #11---Spoiled by Crickets......aquamentus_11's thread -- February 2013

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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    Lightbulb #12---Transitioning Between Live Prey & Complete Powdered Diets -- March 2019


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    Best foods to feed a crested gecko are a mix of live insects + a reliable powdered food like Pangea's Complete Diets you mix with water. Pangea comes in 2 ounce sizes, so you can experiment. Not all cresties like all flavors. Try Pangea's Complete Diet with Insects first.


    Cresties can also be successfully raised on supplemented crickets or dubia. I recommend Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 or maybe Repashy's Calcium Plus (an all-in-one multivitamin) which has lower D3 levels than Zoo Med's supplements with D3.

    If you only feed a powdered food, make sure it's a complete diet from a reliable company. Complete diets are usually fortified with all necessary supplements. If one only feeds powdered all-in-one diets, a crested gecko may become dependent upon them and refuse to eat lives. I recommend alternating between live insects and Pangea right from the beginning.

    • In 2013 WildWildMidwest suggests: "What about transitioning via CGD-dusted crickets?" (That could work either way.)

    • Also in 2013 cassicat4 posts: "I'm having the opposite problem with my Garg...I have to trick her just to get her to eat crickets!

      If the cricket-in-CGD trick doesn't work, you could also try adding a little bit of honey to the CGD to sweeten the flavor. This works on some difficult eaters."

    • Sweetening the mix with bee pollen might work too.

    Here's a comprehensive crestie care sheet.


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    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 03-06-2019 at 11:56 PM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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