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    Don't worry if you don't see the gecko, they are very good at hiding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debby View Post
    Thank you so much for the tip. I'll research that more and try it out. Right now I'm doing a bit of both, prepared diet and fruit flies. She's so very tiny so I'm just hoping she's getting enough. She's made it now over a week post suitecase and is getting a little bit more active in her cage. I've had several scary days where I didn't see her at all. In these instances is it better to let her be or carefully remove some the of the coverage to find her? I want her to get used to her new enviroment and not be afraid of me when i re-fill her water dish. I was told to use only distilled water to spritz with and fill her water dish? So I switched to that a few days ago. She's just precious. Thank you for the feedback. This newbie has no clue what she's doing but the desire to do it right!
    You're quite welcome, Debby. I'm glad she's doing well. They love hiding in the cover. Cover keeps her safe. Just let her be.

    By the way has she a fine mesh screen top?

    I have used tap water, sometimes aged overnight, since 1988. Don't use distilled water!!! It has most nutrients removed.

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    Thank you again. I'm just chasing what folks are telling me. So let tap water sit overnight and than we are good to go? Correct? Our tap water in Colorado is pretty good but I'm not on a well so it's public water. She's doing great, I think. Ten days out from being in my suitcase for over 24 hours. Starting to climb more in her vine. Which is awesome because I can spot her and not worry about her. So yes, I won't disturb her. I think she's eating. I haven't seen her eat but she has fruit flies and a mixture of gecko food, which I keep changing out so it doesn't go bad. Thanks for your help with all of this. I so want to do the right thing by my lil, very lil stow away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debby View Post
    Thank you again. I'm just chasing what folks are telling me. So let tap water sit overnight and than we are good to go? Correct? Our tap water in Colorado is pretty good but I'm not on a well so it's public water. She's doing great, I think. Ten days out from being in my suitcase for over 24 hours. Starting to climb more in her vine. Which is awesome because I can spot her and not worry about her. So yes, I won't disturb her. I think she's eating. I haven't seen her eat but she has fruit flies and a mixture of gecko food, which I keep changing out so it doesn't go bad. Thanks for your help with all of this. I so want to do the right thing by my lil, very lil stow away.
    You got it, Debby! Sometimes I spray right after I fill my Spraymaster spray bottle. Then the water sits overnight (or longer) before I spray some other geckos.

    I lived in Seattle before I moved to the Oregon coast. We have even better tap water here, but I never had any problem with Seattle's water.

    Have you named this mourning gecko?
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> 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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    Good morning - and happy Saturday. I do have a mesh top. I purchased one of the a Terrarium kits they sell at PetSmart. Right now I'm using a Gatorade lid and water bottle lid to put her prepared food and water. The ones they sell are so big I didn't want to risk her drowning, but I'll upgrade once she gets bigger. I'm still feeding her the wingless fruit flies as well, that get in her water and drown :\ I've been keeping light on her for 12 hours per day and her humidity between 70 and 80. I first named her (when I that she was a he) Napoleon. So I did rename her to Lizzie. I was going to go with a name from Hawaii but when my boyfriend said Elizabeth it just seemed to stick. Today is 14 days from finding her my suitcase. She is still so very tiny but seems to be getting a little more active and climbing in the plastic plant vine that the kit came with. How many fruit flies would you recommend I give her on a daily basis? I also get those from PetSmart and the bottle says they should reproduce if I leave adults in the bottle but I'm three bottles in and have yet to see that happen. This forum has been amazing and I so appreciate the support and great advice.

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    She is good at hiding. She blends right in with the moss stuff that I have over the dirt! So yes, if I don't see her for a day or two I worry. She's so very tiny. When she came home with me in my suitecase she must of just been born. Thank you for the tips. How big does she need to be to eat the beetles that you mentioned?

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    You don't even need a water dish. I don't use one for my Mourning geckos. Regular misting and keeping the humidity up is sufficient. I also make sure that they have prepared diet most nights, and I mix it a bit on the watery side, and that keeps them hydrated. Fruit flies like it, so that hang out by the food dish. Very convenient for the geckos.

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    They can eat bean beetles from the start. They are small, and I read somewhere that they are more nutritious than fruit flies.

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    That's great news. The silly flies tend to drown. I do have some prepared food that I keep in there. She's so tiny I don't give her very much. It's fun though to see her getting more active.
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