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    So Iíve done a bunch of reading and yet am still running into some confusion so Iíve joined here to get some first hand advice. I have a new leopard gecko who is a juvenile. I have him in a 10 gallon until he is full grown and then will be transferring him to a 20 gallon. I have an uth but even with the dimmer and rubber feet it was getting way too hot. So I got a 100watt moonlight exoterra bulb and have that suspended about 4 inches above the screen top of the tank on the warm side. Inside the tank I have reptile carpet, hides, including the moist hide, a water dish with RO water, a calcium dish with non phosphorus and non d3 calcium and I have both mealworms and crickets for him as well as repashy calcium plus for dustings. My apartment stays between 78-80 degrees and I have a regular light that is on for 12 hours a day for his day/night that doesnít disperse heat. I just wanted to see if Iím doing everything right for him or if I should be changing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neothegecko View Post
    So I’ve done a bunch of reading and yet am still running into some confusion so I’ve joined here to get some first hand advice. I have a new leopard gecko who is a juvenile. I have him in a 10 gallon until he is full grown and then will be transferring him to a 20 gallon. I have an uth but even with the dimmer and rubber feet it was getting way too hot. So I got a 100watt moonlight exoterra bulb and have that suspended about 4 inches above the screen top of the tank on the warm side. Inside the tank I have reptile carpet, hides, including the moist hide, a water dish with RO water, a calcium dish with non phosphorus and non d3 calcium and I have both mealworms and crickets for him as well as repashy calcium plus for dustings. My apartment stays between 78-80 degrees and I have a regular light that is on for 12 hours a day for his day/night that doesn’t disperse heat. I just wanted to see if I’m doing everything right for him or if I should be changing something?
    Hi ~

    Welcome to the World of Leos! I do hope you really like your new pet. I "know" a retired breeder leo who lives in Europe. She's in her mid-30s!

    Leo advice is easy to come by on the internet. Some advice is good; some not so much.

    A dimmer/rheostat only controls levels of heat. What your UTH needs is a thermostat. A thermostat automatically shuts off the UTH when temps exceed pre-set levels. Then the temps drop a couple degrees prior to the thermostat turning on your UTH. That's why I recommend setting a thermostat at 91*F.

    I use Hydrofarm's Jump Start thermostat. I've heard that Apollo thermostats are also reliable.

    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).
    A 20 long: 30 x 12 x 12 inch enclosure is just the right size for a juvenile leo even now. He will love all that space just as soon as you give it to him. There is no need to wait.

    Here's a Geckos Unlimited link with suggested supplements and other tips.

    Does your RO unit have a special filter to keep helpful minerals? Some RO units remove all helpful minerals when they "purify" water.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-14-2019 at 07:58 PM.
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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