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    Red face How can I provide more heat for Leopard gecko without using colored lights?


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    Ive recently heard that colored red night lights ate bad for geckos eyes. But the place where i have my gecko will get too cold for it without a heat light. Can someone tell me what i should use besides a dual heat lamp? Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    Ive recently heard that colored red night lights ate bad for geckos eyes. But the place where i have my gecko will get too cold for it without a heat light. Can someone tell me what i should use besides a dual heat lamp? Thank you!
    You are correct! Any colored bulbs disturb a leo's natural rhythms.

    Please share:
    • 3 dimensions of your enclosure
    • size of heat mat

    It's difficult to share proper advice without those details. Some of your threads are related to Husbandry, Housing, & Heating. Continuing on the same thread helps us out. Then we don't need to repeat basic questions.

    A leo needs most his heat from a good sized heat mat. If necessary supplement that heat with a ceramic heat emitter. Zoo Med makes Nano CHEs in 25 and 40 watt sizes. Those wattages may not help in your situation.
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    21.5 x 11.5 x 12 in. Tank and 8” x 6” heat mat underneath the left of the tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    21.5 x 11.5 x 12 in. Tank and 8 x 6 heat mat underneath the left of the tank
    Your enclosure is similar to a 10 gallon: 20 x 10.5 x 12 inches tall.

    Please help me understand your heating situation.
    • Is your enclosure glass?
    • Is there some reason you don't want a thermostat?
    • Every time you turn off the heat mat, it probably takes more electricity to bring temps back to a decent level than it does to keep the temps consistently warm.

    I feel very uncomfortable recommending any overhead heat without a thermostat, especially noting your enclosure's size. If either heat source malfunctions, there is nowhere for your leo to run. Since you're anticipating both, you'd need 2 separate thermostats.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-10-2019 at 07:37 AM.
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    Indo have a thermostat i just forgot to include it. I have it connected to my heat pad

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    Indo have a thermostat i just forgot to include it. I have it connected to my heat pad
    Good!

    Are you keeping the heat pad on for about 12 hours each day?

    Please check post 4. I was editing as you posted.
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    For now im keeping it on for 24 hours until we get a timer that fits it since its connected to the thermostat and that has the three notches on its plug.

    But is there anything i can use besides a heat lamp to regulate the temperature. Just a heat mat is too cold for my gecko since its cold in that part of the house

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    I found this Fluker’s heat bulb. Would you say this is okay for the night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    For now im keeping it on for 24 hours until we get a timer that fits it since its connected to the thermostat and that has the three notches on its plug.

    But is there anything i can use besides a heat lamp to regulate the temperature. Just a heat mat is too cold for my gecko since its cold in that part of the house
    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
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    I found this Fluker’s heat bulb. Would you say this is okay for the night?
    I understand that the 6 x 8 inch heat mat produces inadequate heat in your situation.

    The Fluker's 100 watt ceramic heat emitter bulb you picture might kill your leopard gecko! When used above a ~10 gallon enclosure your leo has nowhere to run if that heat is excessive.

    1. What is your enclosure made from: glass, wood, or something else?
    2. Relocate your leo to a warmer room.
    3. Replace your 8 x 6 inch heat mat with an 8 x 12 inch heat mat. That may help a little.
    4. Under tank heat mats and overhead CHEs are the only options that warm the enclosure unless you wish to increase the room's heat.
    5. What is your thermostat set for?

    Here's the only solution I can think of. Upgrade your enclosure to a 20 long: 30 x 12 x 12 inches high. Then, as long as you have 2 thermostats, you'll be able to safely use both under tank heat and overhead heat.

    When you upgrade to the 20 long, be sure to get an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm heat mat. They are tops! Both Reptile Basics and the Bean Farm stock Ultratherms.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-11-2019 at 05:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    For now im keeping it on for 24 hours until we get a timer that fits it since its connected to the thermostat and that has the three notches on its plug.

    But is there anything i can use besides a heat lamp to regulate the temperature. Just a heat mat is too cold for my gecko since its cold in that part of the house
    My power strip's cord's plug has 3 prongs.

    I bought a simple adapter from Home Depot to plug the power strip into. Then I plug the power strip into my timer. So it's plug
    heat mat into thermostat -----> plug thermostat into power strip ----->plug power strip into adapter -----> plug adapter into timer -----> plug timer into wall socket

    Here's the adapter.

    PS: Please also read my post 9 from last night.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-11-2019 at 07:10 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    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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