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    I'm planning on getting an adult leopard gecko soon. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank for the gecko. Are there any heat mats and thermostats you recommend? Also, does the thermostat hook up to the heat mat, or do you have to buy one that's compatible to the heat mat? Do you need a thermostat, or would just a thermometer be fine? Thanks!

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    Flukers and Ultratherm seem to be the way to go for heat mats. For your tank size I'd go with
    11x29 (flukers) or 11x35 (ultratherm). Then you attach them firmly to the tank with alluminum tape.

    The go to for thermostats seems to be the Jumpstart. Very easy to find on amazon and very easy to use as well. The heat mat plugs into the thermostat which regulates the desired temperature and is measured by a probe place in the hide for the desired hot spot. Thermostats are necessary to keep the temperature at a constant state. It will fluctuate +2 or -2 from the entered temp on the thermostat. A heat gun is the best way to know what the actual temp is at all times. Hope this helps.

    I'm sure more seasoned vets will chime in as well. That's the basic gist of it though.
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    Another way to heat a 40 gallon breeder enclosure (36 x 18 x 17 inches tall) is to use heat cables like this. The first 6 feet of heat cables aren't actually heated!

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    Is the 11x17 flukers heat mat good for a 40 gallon breeder? Or should I just stick to the 11x29?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lydteg3 View Post
    Is the 11x17 flukers heat mat good for a 40 gallon breeder? Or should I just stick to the 11x29?
    I suggest an Ultratherm 11 x 35 for a 40 gallon breeder. A friend of mine also recommends Ultratherm. Her Ultratherm heat mats have never failed. They're like Energizer Bunnies.

    Thing about heat mats or heat cables is that they really only heat the area where they are stuck. If you get the 11 x 17 for a 40 gallon breeder, you'll have 1/3 warm end and 2/3 room temperature end. Leos love hanging out on warm floors. If the floor is cool, your leo will retreat to a warm hide to warm his belly. You'll see him less.
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    Elizabeth, what cable length would you recommend for a 24x18x12 (60x45x30cm)? In the exotics shops where I asked, some say 14.5" (4.5m) is enough, and others say 22.5" (7m). It's one of the things I'm still lacking cause of the confusion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telepizza View Post
    Elizabeth, what cable length would you recommend for a 24x18x12 (60x45x30cm)? In the exotics shops where I asked, some say 14.5" (4.5m) is enough, and others say 22.5" (7m). It's one of the things I'm still lacking cause of the confusion!
    I don't know which cable length you'll need.

    I've heard that the first 6 feet of the cables are not heated.

    Begin at the left back corner and snake the cables back and forth, but parallel, until you reach the front left corner. This arrangement permits the greatest distance between the warm end and the cool end. Otherwise simply do 1/2 the enclosure's floor: 30 cm long x 45 cm wide. If you space the cables too far apart, they'll not heat the floor adequately.

    Can you contact the manufacturer of the cables?

    Be sure to get a thermostat to control your cables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I don't know which cable length you'll need.

    I've heard that the first 6 feet of the cables are not heated.

    Begin at the left back corner and snake the cables back and forth, but parallel, until you reach the front left corner. This arrangement permits the greatest distance between the warm end and the cool end. Otherwise simply do 1/2 the enclosure's floor: 30 cm long x 45 cm wide. If you space the cables too far apart, they'll not heat the floor adequately.

    Can you contact the manufacturer of the cables?

    Be sure to get a thermostat to control your cables.
    I haven't asked any manufacturer yet, as I've been trying to get advice from people who have specifically use cables for leos. I am currently waiting response from my reliable provider, who has helped me find a few products before* and who owns leos as well, but I like to get advice from various experienced people!
    I will try and see what works best using your explanation 👍

    *there's various products that are hard to find in spain or that don't offer technical support or warranties so we've had to find other options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Telepizza View Post
    Elizabeth, what cable length would you recommend for a 24x18x12 (60x45x30cm)? In the exotics shops where I asked, some say 14.5" (4.5m) is enough, and others say 22.5" (7m). It's one of the things I'm still lacking cause of the confusion!
    Another way to heat a 60 x 45 cm wide enclosure is to use an 11 x 17 inch (28 x 43 cm) heat mat.

    Could you buy one online?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    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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