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    Hello all! So about a year ago, I got my leo, who is my first reptile ever. I bought one of those 10 gal starter kits, which cost around $150. I honestly hadn't done much research on their housing needs at the time or else I wouldn't have bought the tank. The size was fine at first, but now he's gotten pretty big, and he's started acting bored and irritable. I want to get a bigger tank but I can't help but feel like I wasted my money. Any tips? I'm a part time minimum wage employee so its hard to justify spending lots of money. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by veldin View Post
    Hello all! So about a year ago, I got my leo, who is my first reptile ever. I bought one of those 10 gal starter kits, which cost around $150. I honestly hadn't done much research on their housing needs at the time or else I wouldn't have bought the tank. The size was fine at first, but now he's gotten pretty big, and he's started acting bored and irritable. I want to get a bigger tank but I can't help but feel like I wasted my money. Any tips? I'm a part time minimum wage employee so its hard to justify spending lots of money. Thanks!
    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I totally agree NOT to get any starter setup for a leopard gecko. As you've discovered it's mostly a waste of $.

    Some big box stores have frequent $1-per-gallon sales. Another resource is Craigslist.
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    If it were me, I would get whatever enclosure I was going to get for the leopard gecko, and then put the ten gallon to good use by getting another critter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    If it were me, I would get whatever enclosure I was going to get for the leopard gecko, and then put the ten gallon to good use by getting another critter.
    I agree with getting the appropriate sized tank, but I don't know if it is a good idea to get another animal whilst tight on money. It just depends on the situation.

    One more thing, did you adjust the interior of the cage away from the starter kits? I know many come with sand and lights without heat mats and minimal hides (None of which are usually suitable to the true needs of Leos). Did you change those things? Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoppyDear View Post
    I agree with getting the appropriate sized tank, but I don't know if it is a good idea to get another animal whilst tight on money. It just depends on the situation.

    One more thing, did you adjust the interior of the cage away from the starter kits? I know many come with sand and lights without heat mats and minimal hides (None of which are usually suitable to the true needs of Leos). Did you change those things? Good luck!
    Yep! I have never used the sand, and bought a heat mat for proper belly heat! I'm looking into selling the 10 gallon tank after I get a 20 gal so hopefully I will find a local buyer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! I totally agree NOT to get any starter setup for a leopard gecko. As you've discovered it's mostly a waste of $.

    Some big box stores have frequent $1-per-gallon sales. Another resource is Craigslist.
    Thank you! I see Petco is currently having the sale, but it's for fish tanks only. Would those be okay if I make sure it has a screen lid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veldin View Post
    Thank you! I see Petco is currently having the sale, but it's for fish tanks only. Would those be okay if I make sure it has a screen lid?
    You're welcome. Definitely, that's fine.

    Get the screen separately, not those Zilla tanks with a sliding screen top. Go for a 20 gallon LONG: 30 x 12 x 12 inches.

    For those dimensions I recommend an 11 x 17 inch heat mat. It won't be too big. Flukers and Ultratherm make that size. Choose the heat mat with the most watts. Both are available via Amazon.

    BTW I did notice that Zilla was beginning to make 20 longs with front doors. My local Petco does not have them yet.


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    I suggest ordering a digital thermostat as well. Apollo makes one for $20. They seem well-rated. I have a Hydrofarm Jump Start MTPRTC thermostat for my leo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You're welcome. Definitely, that's fine.

    Get the screen separately, not those Zilla tanks with a sliding screen top. Go for a 20 gallon LONG: 30 x 12 x 12 inches.

    For those dimensions I recommend an 11 x 17 inch heat mat. It won't be too big. Flukers and Ultratherm make that size. Choose the heat mat with the most watts. Both are available via Amazon.

    BTW I did notice that Zilla was beginning to make 20 longs with front doors. My local Petco does not have them yet.


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    I suggest ordering a digital thermostat as well. Apollo makes one for $20. They seem well-rated. I have a Hydrofarm Jump Start MTPRTC thermostat for my leo.
    Thank you so much!! I'll go to Petco ASAP and see what I can find!
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