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    Hello I am a new owner to a Leo. The pet store sold me ALL the wrong things and I had to repurchase everything. I am obsessively researching and so much conflicting info. I need help!
    Upgraded tank to 24x18x18 exo terra tank and decided to switch to UTH instead of red light for heat hooked to a thermostat. Works great but the temp in the tank overall is way too cold sits at 70 degrees in the day and gets a very cold draft at night. The humidity is 50%-60% and my leo quit eating for 2 days. I panicked and added the red bulb back and he was happy but humidity way too high. I bought a ceramic bulb today. Questions are:
    1) Is a CHE bad to use with a heat pad also and will it solve my heat humidity issue?
    2) If I can use this CHE what watt CHE to use and distance from top of tank?
    3) Do I need to connect the CHE to a thermostat like the heat mat and is it safe to use a deep dome lamp or is a wire cage lamp better?

    I am sitting for days on $400 worth of every product you can imagine and I am still confused.
    Pet stores lie and suck!
    My leo is ok today and ate once but I am worried for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klynn View Post
    Hello I am a new owner to a Leo. The pet store sold me ALL the wrong things and I had to repurchase everything. I am obsessively researching and so much conflicting info. I need help!
    Upgraded tank to 24x18x18 exo terra tank and decided to switch to UTH instead of red light for heat hooked to a thermostat. Works great but the temp in the tank overall is way too cold sits at 70 degrees in the day and gets a very cold draft at night. The humidity is 50%-60% and my leo quit eating for 2 days. I panicked and added the red bulb back and he was happy but humidity way too high. I bought a ceramic bulb today. Questions are:
    1) Is a CHE bad to use with a heat pad also and will it solve my heat humidity issue?
    2) If I can use this CHE what watt CHE to use and distance from top of tank?
    3) Do I need to connect the CHE to a thermostat like the heat mat and is it safe to use a deep dome lamp or is a wire cage lamp better?

    I am sitting for days on $400 worth of every product you can imagine and I am still confused.
    Pet stores lie and suck!
    My leo is ok today and ate once but I am worried for him.
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Klynn! I hope we can get you on the right track.

    Can you get an Exo Terra 24 x 18 x 12 enclosure instead? That will be much easier to heat! Products can often be returned for full refunds, if they don't meet your pet's needs.

    For your current enclosure (& even for a 24 x 18 x 12 enclosure) I highly recommend an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm heat mat. Those mats are tops and rarely fail. Sources include Reptile Basics, Wholesale Reptile Supply Company (Sacramento), Amazon (may be out), and the Bean Farm.

    What is the general humidity of the room where your leo enclosure sits? Are you using an analog or digital hygrometer right now? Ideal ambient humidity = 40-60% RH, with higher values inside the warm moist hide. CHEs are ideal sources of additional heat as long as the output is controlled by a 2nd thermostat.

    1) CHEs can be used in addition to heat mats when the temp is too low. Additional heat should decrease humidity. Leos can see all other colored bulbs. Even white light disrupts a leo at night. What are the dimensions of your current heat mat? If your heat mat is too small, I suggest fixing that first.

    2) Place the CHE inside an 8.5 inch diameter dome fixture directly on the screen top. The bulb should NOT touch the screen top. This Fluker's 8.5 diameter dome may work with your CHE. Note minimum wattage numbers suggested by dome fixtures. It comes with an inline dimmer instead of a second thermostat. It is difficult to recommend a specific wattage. Maybe a 60 or 75 watt CHE?

    3) If you need additional heat a CHE is the way to go. It's best to connect the overhead dome to a second thermostat. A deep dome or a wire dome just lets precious heat escape.


    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 (10 cm) above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches (10 cm) 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 your leo has inadequate room light, add a 15 watt incandescent bulb dimmed to half power by a rheostat/dimmer inside a 5.5 inch diameter dome fixture to simulate a photoperiod.
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    Thank you for replying. This is a struggle. I looked at the box and my tank is a low 24x18x12. Heat mat is too small zoo med recommended for 10-20 gallon tanks but does seem small to me. Just bought the cage lamp last night. Humidity in my house is always around %50 same as the tank. I was under the impression that the humidity had to be max 40% so now I feel better. I was using zoo med analog thermometer hydrometer but just put in a digital thermo last night. Waiting for amazon for The combo hydrometers and second thermostat for the lamp. Temps look good this morning. With the red lamp still because I was afraid to use the flunkers dome says do not use with heat emitters. Will return the cage and get the other.

    Despite the pet store selling me a 10gallon complete setup meant for frying geckos he came out a lot and was active and ate like a horse. Now he hides barely can get him to eat 3 meal worms a day and never leaves his hot hide and pretty sure he is not drinking. I am eager to get this tank setup correct to see If he improves. Going on 4 days or since new inclosure being weird.
    I have a 60 watt Che.

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    Thank you for replying. This is a struggle. I looked at the box and my tank is a low 24x18x12. Heat mat is too small zoo med recommended for 10-20 gallon tanks but does seem small to me. Just bought the cage lamp last night. Humidity in my house is always around %50 same as the tank. I was under the impression that the humidity had to be max 40% so now I feel better. I was using zoo med analog thermometer hydrometer but just put in a digital thermo last night. Waiting for amazon for The combo hydrometers and second thermostat for the lamp. Temps look good this morning. With the red lamp still because I was afraid to use the flunkers dome says do not use with heat emitters. Will return the cage and get the other.

    Despite the pet store selling me a 10gallon complete setup meant for frying geckos he came out a lot and was active and ate like a horse. Now he hides barely can get him to eat 3 meal worms a day and never leaves his hot hide and pretty sure he is not drinking. I am eager to get this tank setup correct to see If he improves. Going on 4 days or since new inclosure being weird.
    I have a 60 watt Che.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klynn View Post
    Thank you for replying. This is a struggle. I looked at the box and my tank is a low 24x18x12. Heat mat is too small zoo med recommended for 10-20 gallon tanks but does seem small to me. Just bought the cage lamp last night. Humidity in my house is always around %50 same as the tank. I was under the impression that the humidity had to be max 40% so now I feel better. I was using zoo med analog thermometer hydrometer but just put in a digital thermo last night. Waiting for amazon for The combo hydrometers and second thermostat for the lamp. Temps look good this morning. With the red lamp still because I was afraid to use the flunkers dome says do not use with heat emitters. Will return the cage and get the other.

    Despite the pet store selling me a 10gallon complete setup meant for frying geckos he came out a lot and was active and ate like a horse. Now he hides barely can get him to eat 3 meal worms a day and never leaves his hot hide and pretty sure he is not drinking. I am eager to get this tank setup correct to see If he improves. Going on 4 days or since new inclosure being weird.
    I have a 60 watt Che
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    You're welcome. You mention: "Will return the cage and get the other." What do you mean? Your 24 x 18 x 12 inch Exo Terra is perfect! It's great he doesn't have a 10 gallon!!! Those starter kits suck! Leos don't like change.

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    Good job! You're on your way.

    1. How soon can you upgrade the small heat pad for an 11 x 17 inch Ultratherm? That will NOT be overkill. Any area not directly in contact with the 10-20 gallon (4 x 5 inch or even the 6 x 8 inch heat mat) will be chilly -- similar to the cool end. That could be one reason he's chilling inside his warm dry hide. Everywhere else he travels is basically room temp.
    2. What does your Fluker's lamp say for wattage? A 60 watt CHE in a ceramic socket should be fine. Did you get the 8.5 inch dome? Mine says that dome works up to 150 watts. My Fluker's 8.5 inch box only says the dimmer function does not work for compact fluorescent bulbs. Anything but a CHE is stressful to a leo at night.

    Analog hygrometers and thermometers often just give "ballpark" numbers.
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    I just bought the heat mat recommended! Will be here Friday. Now to stick it on do I use foil tape and will I stick it under the tank itself like I did the zoomed or do I stick it inside the tank between the glass and my repticarpet? You solved all my problems. Best forum ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klynn View Post
    I just bought the heat mat recommended! Will be here Friday. Now to stick it on do I use foil tape and will I stick it under the tank itself like I did the zoomed or do I stick it inside the tank between the glass and my repticarpet? You solved all my problems. Best forum ever.
    Thanks!

    Congratulations, Klynn! You'll soon be receiving your Ultratherm. Stick it underneath the glass with the 17" side against your Exo Terra's 18 inch width. Snug this heat mat right up against one end. That should leave you with a 13 inch "cool" end. Get some Nashua electrical tape from a store like Home Depot or Ace Hardware. Make little tape rolls to secure the heat mat all over. Make an X across the whole mat; tape the heat mat's edges separately.

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    Do you see a Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents link in my signature below? That will take you to many worthwhile articles on leo care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Anything but a CHE is stressful to a leo at night.
    Have you looked into the Arcadia Deep Heat Projectors? I think their a step up from the CHE, tho maybe more of a basking thing an not a over all enclosure temp thing tho it prob does a little of that too im sure.
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    As long as you place the DHP above a larger slate rock, it will help to heat up the enclosure area. That is what I use for overhead heating and on a thermostat to regulate day/night temps. I also use an undertank heater however.
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