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    Hello, my name is Mr. Spanky and this is my new home

    I'm 4 months old and I'm a roachaterian, but sometimes I eat a cricket or two as well
    In my free time I try to get out of my terrarium or bath in my water bowl.

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    Nice to meet you, Mr. Spanky! You are one beautiful young gecko!

    I love the term "roachaterian." My gecko companion also likes roaches, although I try to throw in some variety as well.

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    Very nice setup. I love the skull and I also love to see DIY hides out of house hold stuff. I have more than a few in my setups.

    Just a question do you have something on the heat tape to adjust the temp or did you get lucky and it stays at 92? I have used tile in the past and it holds just the right temp all day.

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    Thank you both. I think that roaches are the best I can give him (local petshops have just crickets and mealworms). But I like to throw in some crickets occasionally as well.

    I actually don't like my wet DIY hide It just doesn't fit in to the enviroment I created there. I have measured the temps inside the terrarium and warm side has 86F and cold side 77F. To adjust the temps I thought it might be good to use more tape so the heat doesn't escape so much. I think it should be ok like this.

    Btw, if you sometimes don't understand what I'm saying, I would like to say that I'm not stupid, just my english isn't that good

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    I understand if you don't like the moist hide. I have some setups that look natural and others that I don't care just want something functional. Maybe another one of the skulls you could put a bottom in so the gecko could climb out the eye socket and use it as a moist hide.


    On your temp 86 is a bit low, I like mine 92-95 degrees. Adding more cable might get you to the right temp but I have never used it so I can't say for sure.

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    I think I will buy one of those gecko hides with removable tops. Another skull would not look good and it is pretty expensive too (digging all those graves).
    86 should be sufficient, I guess it might reach even 90F.

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    I hate digging graves and its really bad to spend all that time just to find out someone has already gotten the skull for their geckos so I have to dig another one.

    I have found if the warm spot is 92 they geckos eat better and over all are healthier so I keep mine in that area. It also helps the digest the food if they can't digest it fast enough it could cause blockage.
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    I had him until today on a heat rock. Temps were even lower. And he pooped more than just fine, so I guess it will be enough. I don't want him to tear up his hole

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    Looks awesome! Getting a hide with a removable top would work great for a moist hide, its what i use. Also, i highly recommend you bump your heat up to 90-92. He may be fine now, but after a couple of months of improper heat you could have problems. Also what is the loose substrate? I really like the look of the tank, and i think it will be fine using the loose substrate/rock set up if you take some precautions while feeding. I would suggest using tongs to feed or a bowl that the roaches or crickets cant escape but your gecko can get in with ease. If you let the roaches and crickets run free your gecko will get a big mouth full of loose substrate and will have impaction issues which can cause major health problems and even death.
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    Thanks. It is the Eco earth and I'm aware of what you said. 90% of the bottom area are stones though. It is mostly just in cracks. I'm basically following advices of this girl: https://www.youtube.com/user/leopardgeckotalk/playlists She has been using EE for years without any problems and in her terrariums EE covers the whole bottom of the tank.

    I have been using tongs to feed my gecko since I got him and I will do so until he grows up a bit.

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