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    Over the last couple of days i have been researching online about Leopard Geckos. Since then i have wanted one more than ever. I know the ins and outs of to what Leopard Geckos need and don't need, but there is still one thing bugging me.

    I was in my local exoctic pet store where i knew they would sell Leopard Geckos. I went in and looked at one of the vivs where i saw an LP in it's hide, Then i noticed it's substrate.... it looked to me like coco fibre
    Now i'm wondering if coco fibre is such a good idea to have. I didn't see the Leopard Gecko itself so i couldn't judge if it was impacted or not. There were water droplets in the inside which i thought was a good sign, but i just wanted to get a second opinion on this matter. If i was going to buy this Gecko would i need to put somehting else in its viv rather than coco fibre (say repti-carpert?)

    If anyone can help me and answer my question "Is coco fibre a good substrate or not" that would be grealty appreciated.

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    A hearty welcome to Geckos Unlimited.

    I recommend slate tile, paper towels, or brown paper with paper towel in the poop spot.

    Check out the sticky right at the top of the Leo forum for an entire thread devoted to a substrate poll.

    Check out the Leo Guidelines linked right below in my signature for thorough leo recs including substrate.
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    I recommend slate tiles as these. Very easy to clean, conduct heat well, and look beautiful! any sort of loose substrate isnt good because the gecko can ingest it and lead to impaction or prolapse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoJoe View Post
    Over the last couple of days i have been researching online about Leopard Geckos. Since then i have wanted one more than ever. I know the ins and outs of to what Leopard Geckos need and don't need, but there is still one thing bugging me.

    I was in my local exoctic pet store where i knew they would sell Leopard Geckos. I went in and looked at one of the vivs where i saw an LP in it's hide, Then i noticed it's substrate.... it looked to me like coco fibre
    Now i'm wondering if coco fibre is such a good idea to have. I didn't see the Leopard Gecko itself so i couldn't judge if it was impacted or not. There were water droplets in the inside which i thought was a good sign, but i just wanted to get a second opinion on this matter. If i was going to buy this Gecko would i need to put somehting else in its viv rather than coco fibre (say repti-carpert?)

    If anyone can help me and answer my question "Is coco fibre a good substrate or not" that would be grealty appreciated.
    Welcome! I love to see that you are doing your research before you take the plunge. There is a lot of misinformation presented at pet shops and in many of the gecko guides on the Internet. Please take a thorough look at Elizabeth's care guide before you make an investment. It was a very valuable tool for me, and will be for you as well. Here is the link:
    http://www.geckosunlimited.com/commu...-included.html
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