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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic View Post
    I very much appreciate your immediate concern, as we are fully aware that it does indeed block some heat, we used this stuff on our first enclosure before we had upgraded, and we used it hardened.

    I am not going to be hardening it this time, we are mixing it in with the other substrates to create a coarser like covering to best replicate that rocky terrain of their natural habitat, so we won't be molding tunnels with it as we don't have enough for that. I have the substrate planned to be half an inch to an inch deep on the heating side, and with our current probe on top of the substrate, it is usually reading 90.5F and shuts off anywhere after 91F.
    Thanks for sharing these details. I didn't want you to be disappointed with all your careful planning.
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    I am happy to say that everything we need has arrived in the mail and we can now begin rebuilding this thing!

    The heater arrived, along with the Inkbird thermostat, which we will test and install after we've set up everything inside the tank. I'll post pictures along the way so you can see how it looks
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    I started by scooping out all of the old and dry substrate, that stuff was so dusty and filled with gecko waste. The heaters have been inspected and attached with some duct tape on all four ends and the center to prevent drooping and loss of heat. I also went around and covered it with some reflectix bubble insulated pad to trap in extra heat, there’s a hole cut in the center for one of the cords to exit out of.




    The new substrate is as you already know some moistened eco earth, play sand, and excavator clay soil to achieve a rubble like appearance, but the gravel has not been added as I wanted to see how this looks first before adding anything like that. I had also planned to put big ornamental rocks around the front to provide a natural look with the substrate. Here's what the final product ended up looking like.



    Some bonus pictures of the gecko, she also seems to have gotten a small scrape on her back and I have no idea how she might have gotten, hopefully that heals up without a problem.





    I do have some questions regarding the heating and thermostat, and I would appreciate it if you could answer them.

    We set it to 91F and to begin heating again if the temperature drops below 89, but it looks like the heat is getting down to 86 before the heaters are able to crank the temperature back up. The substrate doesn't feel warm to me at first, but I might wait a while for heat to distribute itself through the tank and then test it again. The probe is laying flat on the ground underneath the warm hide, above the substrate. The substrate is probably half an inch deep on the warm side to allow for proper heat transfer, that's on the furthermost point on the right (heated side) while the middle point of the tank still has heat, but the substrate gets up to an inch or more in that area.

    The moist hide is also on the warm end, and is quite steamy and humid inside, she almost never leaves this area!
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    Your tank is beautiful. It doesn't look likely from your setup, but I'm wondering if those spots could be burns? Are they healing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    Your tank is beautiful. It doesn't look likely from your setup, but I'm wondering if those spots could be burns? Are they healing?
    Thanks, we are happy with it as well, and so is she

    I personally don't think it could be a burn, she has been doing some squeezing in between the back of the hide when we had it pulled out a bit, and I think she might have gotten cut there, we did not notice it until today. They look to be alright so far, is there anything else we can do to help it heal?
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    I don't think you need to do anything to it, unless it starts to look like it's getting infected. Plain old air will help it heal. DO NOT use any oil-based products! Just keep an eye on it, and make sure it looks a little better every day. Check for sharp spots in your tank; maybe you could file down any sharp rocks or wood pieces.
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    If you need to use some product to fight infection, stay away from products that contain pain relievers. Silver sulfadiazine creme is good.
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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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    I started by scooping out all of the old and dry substrate, that stuff was so dusty and filled with gecko waste. The heaters have been inspected and attached with some duct tape on all four ends and the center to prevent drooping and loss of heat. I also went around and covered it with some reflectix bubble insulated pad to trap in extra heat, there’s a hole cut in the center for one of the cords to exit out of.

    The new substrate is as you already know some moistened eco earth, play sand, and excavator clay soil to achieve a rubble like appearance, but the gravel has not been added as I wanted to see how this looks first before adding anything like that. I had also planned to put big ornamental rocks around the front to provide a natural look with the substrate. Here's what the final product ended up looking like.

    . . . . . .

    I do have some questions regarding the heating and thermostat, and I would appreciate it if you could answer them.

    We set it to 91F and to begin heating again if the temperature drops below 89, but it looks like the heat is getting down to 86 before the heaters are able to crank the temperature back up. The substrate doesn't feel warm to me at first, but I might wait a while for heat to distribute itself through the tank and then test it again. The probe is laying flat on the ground underneath the warm hide, above the substrate. The substrate is probably half an inch deep on the warm side to allow for proper heat transfer, that's on the furthermost point on the right (heated side) while the middle point of the tank still has heat, but the substrate gets up to an inch or more in that area.

    The moist hide is also on the warm end, and is quite steamy and humid inside, she almost never leaves this area!
    I'm quite sorry for not getting back to your thread sooner.

    Has the heat leveled off yet? Sometimes it takes a little while for that to happen. Have you tweaked any thermostat settings?

    Your enclosure looks GREAT! No wonder your leo likes it. Your explanations complete with photos make your progress easy to follow.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I'm quite sorry for not getting back to your thread sooner.

    Has the heat leveled off yet? Sometimes it takes a little while for that to happen. Have you tweaked any thermostat settings?

    Your enclosure looks GREAT! No wonder your leo likes it. Your explanations complete with photos make your progress easy to follow.
    Thank you! That really boosts my confidence a lot, we are happy that the tank turned out so well

    Yes, personally I think it has a lot more since the first day, the thermostat was reading 90.9 last night before bed, and the substrate anywhere in the hot side feels warm to the touch, as well as right underneath the hide. I haven't changed any settings so far since the first setup, what do you recommend I look out for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanatic View Post
    Thank you! That really boosts my confidence a lot, we are happy that the tank turned out so well

    Yes, personally I think it has a lot more since the first day, the thermostat was reading 90.9 last night before bed, and the substrate anywhere in the hot side feels warm to the touch, as well as right underneath the hide. I haven't changed any settings so far since the first setup, what do you recommend I look out for?
    You are MOST welcome!

    You might get a digital thermometer with a probe to verify your thermostat's settings.

    If you are reaching these temps, all is good.

    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):
    • Warm end ground temperature: 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) inside a leo's warm dry hide and his moist hide too!
    • Cool end ground temperature: 70ish-75 F (21.1-23.9 C) Usually the cool end ground temperature matches the room temperature where the enclosure sits.
    • 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

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. If you wish, during the night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
    "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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