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    We just transferred our gecko calypso from a 10gal to a 40gal. Sheís adapting well except the temperature is rlly low. We have her in the basement (itís not really a basement since itís not underground) and the temperature is way lower than it should. She wonít die from this temp but it does need to be up!
    Any tips on how to keep it up?

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    Hi ~

    What size heat mat have you now?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    It’s either the 30-40 gal size or the 50-60 gal size of the zoomed heat mats

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    It’s either the 30-40 gal size or the 50-60 gal size of the zoomed heat mats
    1/2 the ground should be covered with heat mats. One solution is to place two UltraTherm 11 x 17 inch heat mats side-by-side.

    What are the air temps during the days and nights?
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 02-22-2020 at 11:25 PM.
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    With the heat may I have it covers half of the tank

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    And for the air temps we’ve only had the tank set up for a day and a half. So around 67 will be the lowest

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    With the heat may I have it covers half of the tank
    Zoo Med heat mats tend to be rectangular.

    Do you have a thermostat? Is the thermostat always on trying to keep up?

    How low do the temps get? Depending, you might still need overhead heat since 40 gallon breeders are 17 -18 inches tall.

    Arcadia now offers Deep Heat Projectors. Perhaps that is an option for your leo.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalypsosHeart View Post
    And for the air temps we’ve only had the tank set up for a day and a half. So around 67 will be the lowest
    You may have seen this chart. Here's what you're aiming for.
    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).

    Place the thermostat's probe and a digital thermometer's probe together right on top of the substrate underneath the warm dry hide. If you use a UTH + a CHE you'll need 2 separate thermostats, because ground and air temperatures are substantially different.
    • 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 you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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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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    Ik what Iím aiming for I just donít know how to keep it up

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    Yes I have a thermostat set to 80 but it only gets there when it’s summer. And I always have overhead heating.

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