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    I have read so many articles with different views and opinions and I don't know what to do at this rate. I thought my UVB was good for my leo but after some more research, I'm questioning myself.

    I have the 30 x 45 x 45cm exo terra tank for a small female.

    I use the Arcadia Natural Sunlight 2% UVB Lamp which is 18 inches. I pair this with Arcadia T8 Fluorescent Reflector of the same size.

    The distance between the light and the highest point is around 30cm, as the light is on the mesh.

    I have the uvb at the front of the tank, having little to no uvb hitting the back of the tank. I use tinfoil to block some light at the back of the tank so its not too harsh.

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    Some concerns I have are if 2% is too little with a mesh lid, or if there's too much uvb exposure for my little girl.

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    Since leopard geckos don't spend much time basking, most keepers don't use UVB. I don't think they can overdose on UVB, though, so I recommend continuing with calcium/vitamin D3 supplements and using the lights in which case you really don't have to worry about whether it's adequate or not.

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    Definitely continue with your supplementation. I personally use a ZooMed 10% (Mini bulb) which is about 12" from the highest slate rock in my enclosure. I have been informed by a lighting expert with Arcadia that my gecko is barely getting any significant D3 through the UVB exposure. I am still supplementing D3 about twice a month even with the UVB bulb in use.

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