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    Maybe he didn't eat as much because he was hungry from his large mealworm meal Don't panic yet. I personally do not think that mealworms are a HUGE impaction threat. I have always fed them as part of a healthy diet full of variety and have never had an issue. I guess if your worried you could always give him a little soak if he will tolerate it. That has helped to get things moving with every lizard I have ever had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaFaa View Post
    Maybe he didn't eat as much because he was hungry from his large mealworm meal Don't panic yet. I personally do not think that mealworms are a HUGE impaction threat. I have always fed them as part of a healthy diet full of variety and have never had an issue. I guess if your worried you could always give him a little soak if he will tolerate it. That has helped to get things moving with every lizard I have ever had.
    thanks, if he doesn't poop in the next couple days i'll attempt to give him his first soak. i'm not sure how well he'll tolerate it though, he always seems so frightened of me. it makes me sad because i'm only trying to help him.
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    Hi,

    Can you update us of any changes? Have you switched the size of the UTH? The long one posted in this thread can be a problem with providing a temp gradient.

    This morning in his usual pooping spot I found a tiny bit of smeared poop on the paper towel, but not the big brown log he usually leaves for me. It almost seems like he was trying to poop but couldn't get it all out?

    Good observation.

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    A picture of how his enclosure is set up today will be helpful.

    Temperatures in the enclosure? cool side? warm side air? under the warm hide?
    What supplements are you dusting with?
    Type of thermometer?
    Where is he spending most of his time?
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    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    I haven't made any changes yet. His enclosure is exactly the same as the latest pictures I have posted. I'm not going to install the larger UTH until I clean his enclosure next week, but I can assure you that it takes up almost exactly 1/3 of the floor of the enclosure as specified in the care sheet (i've done the actual math.)

    the temperatures in the air on the cold end move between 70-85, and the hot side is likely similar. i don't use the heat lamp much just because it's so hot outside already and it seems like that would be overkill. the temperature in the warm hide stays between 89 and 93 for the most part.

    i'm dusting his crickets and mealworms 2x weekly with exo-terra calcium+d3, and exo-terra multivitamin. i feed my crickets rep-cal cricket food in addition to apple slices, baby carrots, and spinach leaves. i feed my mealworms baby carrots and a leaf of spinach once a week when i take them out of the fridge to warm up for a day.

    i leave a very small bottle cap and fill it approx 1/4 full of exo-terra calcium without d3.

    i use a thermostat for the warm hide, and a digital thermometer for the air in the cold end.

    he spends nearly all of his time in the warm hide, using the moist hide periodically to lap up water. i don't think he touches his water dish.
    I guess it was just a coincidence that he was in the humidity hide in the picture.


    Discontinue feeding the insects spinach. Spinach may interfere with calcium.

    I doubt that you will achieve a good temp gradient using a UTH in that position. There's just not enough room left in that direction so chances are the temps will be a disaster. The hide will have to fit awkwardly. I would really hate for you to stick that UTH on and then realize it won't work.

    Your gecko needs a cool side at all times. A fluctuation between 70-85 is not appropriate. This should be the air temp range going across at all times. Do you have an AC unit?

    If you use an AC and set it to turn off and on at a certain temp, it will allow the cool side to remain within proper temps, therefore you can use the digital to monitor the warm side instead. You will need an overhead heat source to provide warm air temps. If you use a bulb, place it on a rheostat. If you go with a CHE, attach it to a thermostat.

    Are you relying on the thermostat probe reading for the uth temp? It would be best to have a digital probe placed next to it for accuracy.

    Exo-Terra makes several supplements. Can you provide a link to show me exactly which ones you are using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    I guess it was just a coincidence that he was in the humidity hide in the picture.


    Discontinue feeding the insects spinach. Spinach may interfere with calcium.

    I doubt that you will achieve a good temp gradient using a UTH in that position. There's just not enough room left so chances are the temps will be a disaster. The hide will have to fit awkwardly. I would really hate for you to stick that UTH on and then realize it won't work.

    Your gecko needs a cool side at all times. A fluctuation between 70-85 is not appropriate. This should be the air temp range going across at all times. Do you have an AC unit?

    If you use an AC and set it to turn off and on at a certain temp, it will allow the cool side to remain within proper temps, therefore you can use the digital to monitor the warm side instead. You will need an overhead heat source to provide warm air temps. If you use a bulb, place it on a rheostat. If you go with a CHE, attach it to a thermostat.

    Are you relying on the thermostat probe reading for the uth temp? It would be best to have a digital probe placed next to it for accuracy.

    Exo-Terra makes several supplements. Can you provide a link to show me exactly which ones you are using?
    I will discontinue feeding the insects spinach. Both the entire humid hide and the entire warm hide fit onto the larger UTH perfectly, not awkwardly. I don't have an AC unit. I am relying on the thermostat probe, I only have one digital thermometer.

    Supplements are as follows:

    Exo Terra : Calcium + D3 / Calcium + D3 Powder Supplement
    Exo Terra : Calcium / Calcium Powder Supplement
    Exo Terra : Multi Vitamin / Multi Vitamin Powder Supplement

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    I will discontinue feeding the insects spinach. Both the entire humid hide and the entire warm hide fit onto the larger UTH perfectly, not awkwardly. I don't have an AC unit. I am relying on the thermostat probe, I only have one digital thermometer.

    Supplements are as follows:

    Exo Terra : Calcium + D3 / Calcium + D3 Powder Supplement
    Exo Terra : Calcium / Calcium Powder Supplement
    Exo Terra : Multi Vitamin / Multi Vitamin Powder Supplement
    Exo-terra supplements really give me a headache. The plain calcium should be plain, yet it contains extras such as copper, ferrous fumarate(great for constipation and toxicity)which should be in the multivitamin supplement. Then again it just says calcium powder supplement. Very confusing and dangerous for those not familiar with ingredients.

    These are horrible products and I highly recommend that you switch to Zoo Med. Remove the calcium from the enclosure ASAP. It would be best to buy Zoo med repti-calcium with d3 and Reptivite without d3. I can not provide you with a dusting schedule, however I suggest that you use the Reptivite (multivitamin) less frequently than the calcium with d3.

    If you prefer to keep plain calcium in the enclosure, purchase the Zoo med 100% calcium carbonate (no d3).

    Unfortunately, the only way to provide a proper temp gradient during the summer is to use air conditioning. I suggest that you purchase one.

    Think twice about the UTH before you stick in on. There's really not enough room left in that direction that will allow a varied temp range.
    Last edited by cricket4u; 07-26-2013 at 03:53 PM.
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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    I'll get zoo med supplements when my current supplements run out. I'll remove the calcium from the tank. I don't see why the UTH i have wouldn't work. someone in my other thread asking about it said it would work fine. who am i to believe, and why?

    I don't have the money for an air conditioner, nor for the power to run one, so that isn't happening. If that's so much of an issue that I shouldn't own a gecko, I guess my only option is to return him to the pet store. He spends all of his time in his warm hide. It seems clear to me that he's trying to get warmer, not colder, but i'm no expert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0101 View Post
    I'll get zoo med supplements when my current supplements run out. I'll remove the calcium from the tank. I don't see why the UTH i have wouldn't work. someone in my other thread asking about it said it would work fine. who am i to believe, and why?

    I don't have the money for an air conditioner, nor for the power to run one, so that isn't happening. If that's so much of an issue that I shouldn't own a gecko, I guess my only option is to return him to the pet store. He spends all of his time in his warm hide. It seems clear to me that he's trying to get warmer, not colder, but i'm no expert.
    Well, that's why it's important to do your research ahead of time. Perhaps you can work a few more hours to earn extra money? Make a few sacrifices here and there? If you are young and live with parents, maybe you can do some chores around the house to earn money and help them pay for the electric bill?

    Perhaps he feels more secure in the warm hide?

    You stated he spends all his time in the warm hide, but it was apparent he was in the humidity hide in the picture.

    I guess the only way to find out if it will work is by trying it.
    Currently keeping:

    Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0

    Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
    All above species plus:


    Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!

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