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    Hello!
    I am planning on getting a leopard gecko within the next few weeks. I have made a plan of almost everything related to their care, I’ll type it out and if you suggest anything different/add ons please let me know!

    Tank and heating:
    I will be using a 20 gallon long aquarium with a mesh lid. For heating, I plan on using a zoomed reptitherm uth hooked up to the ipower digital heat mat thermostat on amazon set to 90 degrees, the cool side will be in the 70s. The temperature will be monitored with a digital thermostat/hygrometer with a probe from Amazon. A uvb light or any other lamp will not be provided.

    Substrate and hides:
    For substrate I will be using paper towels. I know they are not very natural but since I’ve never had a leopard gecko before, I feel like it will be an easier way to monitor the gecko and keep the tank clean. I plan on upgrading to slate later on and continuing to research loose substrate. I will provide a 2-way-exit hide with an open bottom over the heat mat, a diy humid hide with moist paper towels inside closer to the warm side, and a basic rock hide on the cool side. There will also be other fake plants for the gecko to explore and hide in throughout the tank.

    Food and water:
    Water treated with reptisafe will be provided in a bowl and refreshed daily. For live food, I will provide a variety of crickets (staple), mealworms, super worms/wax worms and dubia roaches eventually. I plan on purchasing my first feeders at petsmart/petco if my local exotics store doesn’t have any in stock. They will be gut loaded with fresh fruits/vegetables and proper food/cricket quencher for the crickets. I’ll keep the crickets in a separate critter keeper and move the mealworms to a larger ventilated bin. I have not yet constructed a feeding schedule but will do so once I find out what age gecko I buy (I plan on buying from a reputable exotics shop in my area, not petsmart or petco).

    Supplements:
    From my research, I have decided to feed zoomed repti calcium with d3, zoomed repti calcium without d3, and zoomed reptivite multivitamin. Calcium without d3 will be provided in a milk lid in the tank at all times. Calcium with d3 and the multivitamin will be provided through dustings of feeder insects.

    Thank you for reading! If anything I said is not recommend or could be better please let me know, any help is appreciated.

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    Tank and heating:
    I will be using a 20 gallon long aquarium with a mesh lid. For heating, I plan on using a zoomed reptitherm uth hooked up to the ipower digital heat mat thermostat on amazon set to 90 degrees, the cool side will be in the 70s. The temperature will be monitored with a digital thermostat/hygrometer with a probe from Amazon. A uvb light or any other lamp will not be provided.

    Substrate and hides:
    For substrate I will be using paper towels. I know they are not very natural but since I’ve never had a leopard gecko before, I feel like it will be an easier way to monitor the gecko and keep the tank clean. I plan on upgrading to slate later on and continuing to research loose substrate. I will provide a 2-way-exit hide with an open bottom over the heat mat, a diy humid hide with moist paper towels inside closer to the warm side, and a basic rock hide on the cool side. There will also be other fake plants for the gecko to explore and hide in throughout the tank.

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    Supplements:
    From my research, I have decided to feed zoomed repti calcium with d3, zoomed repti calcium without d3, and zoomed reptivite multivitamin. Calcium without d3 will be provided in a milk lid in the tank at all times. Calcium with d3 and the multivitamin will be provided through dustings of feeder insects.
    You're doing an excellent job with all your research! It's so important to be ready for your leo. It makes that leo's transition from his former place to your home so much smoother.

    I highly recommend an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm heat mat instead of Zoo Med's Reptitherm. Ultratherms are tops! Heating 1/2 the floor will NOT be overkill. Your heat mat should be large enough to fit both the warm dry hide and the moist hide right on top. That's keeping the moist hide 100% on top of the heat mat too.

    Instead of any 2-way-exit hides, a hide with only a single entrance makes a leo feel more comfortable. My leo loves this Exo Terra hide -- medium size -- for her warm dry hide.

    Light dustings with plain calcium are much preferred over leaving a bottle cap of plain calcium in the enclosure 24/7. Here's a link written by Hilde, GU's chief admin. "Excess calcium in the digestive tract can hinder absorption of vitamins A and D."
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 06-19-2019 at 05:04 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Thank you so much for the reply! I wasn’t exactly sure what size heat mat to get, I’ll now be ordering the ultratherm one. Also thank you for the input on hides and calcium! I will definitely be using those tips.
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