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    Question Want to provide my geckos with the perfect home. But i need help please!


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    Hello Everyone! I got 2 leopard geckos a week ago! So far they are doing really well. I have been doing so much research on trying to find out exactly what they need and could want to live happy healthy lives. After all this research, it is making me so much more confused! Let me tell you what i originally got. I went to petsmart and got two geckos. I understand that if it turns out to be two males, we have to split them up and we are okay with getting another terrarium if needed. So we got one of those gecko kits as the woman at the store recommended. This is what i got https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...EaAny4EALw_wcB

    I decided to not use the sand, because i read how it is dangerous for them, so i got the carpet for them. I got two hide aways. One in the hot side and one for the cooler side and obviously a water dish and thermometer. Got crickets and meal worms as well. So after a few days and they doing good, i start doing more research every day. I realized they need a moist hide away that should be placed in the warm area. So then i went on amazon and I got this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I got the large because after reading about it, that should be the size needed for 2 geckos. I got sphagnum moss to put inside and moist. I also got a infrared thermometer gun so i can check the temps of all over the place. So once i got it, and tried to put in enclosure, there was NO WAY of fitting everything in there. I decided to get a bigger tank i went with a tank that you can open from the front that measures 25 inch long, 18 inches wide, and 12 inch tall. Says it is a 20 gallon terrarium.

    Also prior to buying the new tank (which i still didnt receive, purchased it online) i was reading more on the flooring. I was getting really frustrated with the carpet because the babies kept getting their mouths caught on the carpet and one time it was really bad where the gecko had huge issues getting unstuck it terrified me. I also didnt like the fact that it would be collecting bacteria and no way of fully cleaning it. I read a lot of good things about slate tile. So i decided to get the slate. I have been using the dual deep dome light fixture with the 60-watt DaylightBlue lamp & 60-watt Nightlight Red lamp. Use both the lights during the day, and only the red one at night. The hot side on the tippy top of the hide away it comes to 95 degrees and then in middle is 90 and on floor is like 85. At night the temp goes down to 75ish. After reading about leopard geckos..holy moly is this a huge controversial topic! Everyone says something different. i then decided to order a UTH and a thermostat to control it. It is coming in today and has measurements of 8X12. Will use it on my new tank that should be coming in by monday.

    Yesterday, i ordered a Ceramic Heating emitter with a ceramic lamp that you are able to dim and control how much power is going to the CHE. Got two digital thermometers that will be placed in the hottest spot and on the lowest part on tile where the UTH will be. Been doing more research, and they say that some UVB is important for the geckos, but just need hideaways to hide from if they want. In wild they are awake and active in dusk and dawn and do get natural sunlight. So now i am left wondering, what kind of UVB light do i need for them? I can not find a straight answer for this. Maybe now that i have the ceramic one coming, i dont need a bulb that provides heat, but does provide little UVB?

    I got two supplements for them. I got zoo med Repti Calcium with D3 and Zoo med reptivite without d3. I been dusting the crickets with the calcium with d3. I just received the reptivite yesterday. I got the vitamin without d3 because i heard of too much d3 can harm them. So i figured i giving the calcium supplemet with d3 and the vitamin without d3 would be fine because they are getting some UVB from the bulb. Am i doing that right?

    Please help me. I love these guys so much already and want them to be able to be happy and healthy. I dont know which bulb to get. I dont know if i am doing it right. Everyone saying something different is really making me worry! My one gecko just successfully shedded though! On one toe there is skin left, so if it still there tonight i will try to help him/her out. Please advise me!
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    Anyone able to help? It would be greatly appreciated!

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    Welcome to GU!
    Hard to decipher everything you have here since there's so much info but, I'll do my best

    First off, I'd split up both the geckos. One could become dominant, hurt the other gecko and it's just not the best idea to house them together. They're not a sociable species.

    What is the floor temp on the hot side? 95 on the top of the hide seems quite warm.
    Your temps seem high I don't see a use for a che unless you live in a cold area climate and it dips below 65 in the room at night
    If your switching to a uth and ditching the lights an 8x12 is too small for that size of tank. Heat mats are far better for leos because they get heat though their bellies which helps them digest food. A uvb light isn't needed at all.

    Sounds like your on the right track & other more experienced people will chime in soon enough.
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    Sorry there is so much info i provided! I just wanted everyone to have all the necessary info needed to give advice.


    The floor temp is around 85-86. The one hide on hot side has different levels to it. So on the very top its 94-95 in middle is 90. and on the ground is 85. I work from home and are in the room where i work, so I see them all all the time. The geckos are getting along. There is no aggression between the two. They each eating the same amount. at night when they nap on top of their hide, they lay right next to each other. Where they choose to do so even though they have other options of where to rest. I do want to keep them together. However if there comes a time where there is tension between the two or that one is being treated badly by the other, I will certainly split them up. At this time, they are doing really great together so i will keep them in same tank.

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    Hello, 91 under warm hide directly were geckos lay. Take thermostat prob , thermostat is must have for under tank heaters. Take prob place directly on top substrate under warm hide were gecko lays. That spot should read 91. The rest of floor should be cooler with a cooler side no hoter than 70s. The air temperature is different then floor. Air temperature on warm side should knot exceed 82. Air temperature on cooler side should knot exceed 75 or room. That means if your over head heater is on, and cooler side air temperature is warming up pass 75, then turn it off. Keep under tank heating pad on under warm side, make sure it's on thermostat. Amazon sells them. Run away uth isn't good .
    If their male and female there going mate. If there to young, they will turn of age and mate before you know it. So expect house little ones.
    On home page under general discussion click gecko care, then geco care by Elizabeth. That thread gives detailed information on keeping these little guys and gals
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    I did get a thermostat for the UTH. It is the Jump start brand. And i got a zoo med UTH. Is that one good? i will definitely set it to 91 and check it frequently with the infrared thermometer that i have. I read somewhere that i have to put sand under the slate tile. Is that correct? if so, how much sand should there be? I was hoping not to use any sand, but i definitely will put the sand in first if needed! Also at night time, should i change the temp for the UTH? I cant wait to get my new tank to get this all set up for them! I am quite mad that the people at petsmart let me in the absolute wrong direction. Thank you for all your help!

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    I thought there was another message you sent me that said that i do not need sand, that i can just put the slate down. I cant seem to find it. Was i imagining it? I thought i replied to it, and i asked what kind of tape should i use to tape down the probe in the warm hide?

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    It sounds like you are doing AMAZING, great job on getting slate tile and a UTH

    also they prefer something soft to lie on when they are in their hides like a paper towel.

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