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    Hi, before I joined the forum I found that more people were giving their leos UVB. At first I got a zoomed reptisun 5.0 compact UVB bulb but I heard that tube lights were better and so I purchased an 18 inch zoomed reptisun t8 5.0 tube light. Now that I do more research on this forum I see that some people use a zoomed reptisun 10.0 compact UVB light instead.

    So now it has been 6 months of me using UVB and following elizabeth's UVB supplementing schedule, I'm wondering if I should change back to a compact UVB and use a reptisun 10.0 compact bulb or just stick with the UVB tube light I have.

    My enclosure is a 30"X12"X12" fish tank. I added a few shady areas for my leo.
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    I would just leave it as is.

    If you're using a decent supplement routine, then the lights won't make that much difference. They absorb all Vit D3 that they eat, the UVB would be used to 'top up' their supply. If they get enough in their supplements, they don't have to make their own, so UVB isn't necessary. The lights would be for viewing and give them the day-night light cycle.
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    I supplement D3 once a month, should I increase it two times a month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digs View Post
    I supplement D3 once a month, should I increase it two times a month?
    Please share a video of your leo walking around. 6 months is adequate time to see whether she's thriving under your current care. We should be able to tell by her gait whether she needs additional D3. We are looking for walking with belly off the ground, no unusual bends/bows in his limbs, and no underbite.

    How often do you see your leo out and about absorbing her 18 inch ReptiSun's 5.0 tube UVB rays? How close is she to the UVB source?

    Have you been using UVB Schedule 155?

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    Yes I have been using the UVB schedule 155. I’ll get some videos of my leopard gecko walking.
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    Yes I have been using the UVB schedule 155. Iíll get some videos of my leopard gecko walking.

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    Thanks for sharing these good videos of Asia. I watched each video several times. I'd appreciate any feedback from others who watch them too.

    I believe I spot a Metabolic Bone Disease-like problem. The first video shows an uneven, lopsided, gait. I'm pretty certain her left front leg is bowed. Her left front leg definitely seems weak and seems to turn inward as she walks. Your second video gives a clearer picture of Asia's right front leg. The right front leg looks like it is slightly bowed.

    How often and how close to her Reptisun 5.0 UVB tube fluorescent does Asia hang out? Does she come within 10 inches of her UVB daily? Roughly for how long?

    Let's return to a tried and true method at least until Asia's gait is normal. So that's Schedule 125:

    Do you have Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 for the D3 part of this schedule?
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Thanks for sharing these good videos of Asia. I watched each video several times. I'd appreciate any feedback from others who watch them too.

    I believe I spot a Metabolic Bone Disease-like problem. The first video shows an uneven, lopsided, gait. I'm pretty certain her left front leg is bowed. Her left front leg definitely seems weak and seems to turn inward as she walks. Your second video gives a clearer picture of Asia's right front leg. The right front leg looks like it is slightly bowed.

    How often and how close to her Reptisun 5.0 UVB tube fluorescent does Asia hang out? Does she come within 10 inches of her UVB daily? Roughly for how long?

    Let's return to a tried and true method at least until Asia's gait is normal. So that's Schedule 125:

    Do you have Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 for the D3 part of this schedule?
    No I unfortunately don't have Zoomed repti calcium with d3 at the moment, I do have Repashy calcium plus though. Asia tends to stay in her hide and I usually only see her out 12 inches away from the UVB when it first turns on but then she quickly retreats back to her hide. When I put her back into her cage after taking videos of her she did stick the tip of her tail out for an hour but that's the most I've seen. I don't think she's comfortable coming out when I'm around either .

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    I'm hoping the new way I've got her leaves setup will help her feel more confident to come out though. Should I add more cover?
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