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    I'm a new leopard gecko owner, just got the cute little guy a couple days ago.
    I spoiled him too much when I went shopping for his new home but the only thing I'm worried about is his temperate in his habitat. The store I went to hooked me up with a UTH and a heat lamp with an attached UVB light. The way I was told to set it up was the heat pad and the lamp on opposite sides but I feel like it keeps the whole tank too hot. I have a wall thermometer that's right under the light/hot spot reading at about 98 degrees. Then I have a probe thermometer in the sand on the opposite side over the pad and its reading at a 91 without the heat lamp and about 95 with the lamp on. During the night, without the heat lamp the hot spot side cools down to about 78 degrees. I'm just worried my little guy won't have any cool spots. Is the heat lamp and pad supposed to go on the same side? or should I take away the lamp? I want to make my baby as happy as happy as possible

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    At this time turn off your UVB lamp until we have more information!

    Just use your UTH depending upon what size it is. One end should be warm; the other is cool.
    • What size is your enclosure?
    • What dimensions is your heat mat?
    • What type and strength of UVB did you buy?

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C):
    • 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) ground temperature right underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Please order a thermostat to control the heat output of your heat mat and keep the temperatures from spiking! Hydrofarm's Jump Start thermostat from Amazon is reliable.
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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Okay I'll try seeing what the temps look like without the heat lamp on all day!
    My tank is 10 Gal and I'm not sure the size of the pad, I know it covers about 1/3 of the tank (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shay_Mont37 View Post
    Okay I'll try seeing what the temps look like without the heat lamp on all day!
    My tank is 10 Gal and I'm not sure the size of the pad, I know it covers about 1/3 of the tank (:
    A 10 gallon enclosure is much too small for safe UVB exposure. I hope you still have your sales receipts for some returns.

    Here's a link to get you started.
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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    What type sand did you buy? If it is calci-sand of any brand, it's NOT safe. Calci-sand encourages leos to eat the sand in order to get calcium. Often calci-sand leads to impaction.

    For now just use paper towels as the substrate. Textured ceramic tiles make a good substrate.
    Click: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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