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    Hello everyone,
    I am thinking about upgrading my two adult leopard geckos to the Zen Habitat Enclosures, each of them will have their own 48" x 24" x 16" size. Since these enclosures are stackable it frees up space and also less stress from seeing other reptiles. Before doing so, I wanted to ask you guys if anyone here has them for their leo's? At the moment, they are in the Exo Terra 24" x 18" x 12" enclosures and wanted to give them a nice upgrade. My other concern is since these will be stacked, I want to provide them a low UVB lighting with a deep heat projector. Any tips/suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Decided to not go with Zen Habitats due to their pricing. I am planning to get them an upgrade though. For each, I am buying the front opening Exo terra 36" x 18" x 12" and the other will be 36" x 18" x 18". For each will be providing them low UVB lighting along side with a DHP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptilelady View Post
    Decided to not go with Zen Habitats due to their pricing. I am planning to get them an upgrade though. For each, I am buying the front opening Exo terra 36" x 18" x 12" and the other will be 36" x 18" x 18". For each will be providing them low UVB lighting along side with a DHP
    Consider a halogen bulb for heat instead of a DHP. IF the room where the enclosures sit stays about 67ish*F at night, it's totally safe to turn off any night heat.
    Click: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    You're welcome.

    IF you wish to add several inches of 70% topsoil + 30% playsand as substrate to both new enclosures, a 36 x 18 x 18 is the best size.

    Click: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Ok. I would like to go with Excavator Clay Burrowing Substrate as this is more natural looking along with slate tiles. Since it is kind of expensive depending on how much to use would do half slate tiles and half or some of the clay substrate. Is this ok to do? Btw I bought the Exo Terra 36 x 18 x 18 size but the background he keeps climbing on and so these tiny little particles comes off. Is there anything else I can add to the back or to provide more climbing options? Thanks.

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    Also, is there a specific topsoil? Can you use reptile topsoil mixed in with the sand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptilelady View Post
    Also, is there a specific topsoil? Can you use reptile topsoil mixed in with the sand?
    Congratulations on your leo's Exo Terra 36 x 18 x 18! I hope he loves it.

    In general your substrate mix should contain 70% topsoil + 30% play sand. Calci-sand is NOT recommended!

    You could go just "naturalistic" at first & save "bioactive" until later.

    Here's a substrate mix I recently saw online that's suitable for leopard geckos: "The substrate is 7 parts Scott's topsoil (whole bag), 3 parts play sand, 1 part orchid bark, 1 part coco fiber (some repti soil mixed in) leaf litter & a little sphagnum moss!"
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-12-2022 at 07:22 PM.
    Click: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Thank you for the info. There is plenty of room and a lot of different ways to décor the enclosure.

    Thinking about adding some slate rocks to give some more climbing(basking-belly warmth) and different textures in the enclosure. Would something like this be ok to use? https://www.amazon.com/Slate-Stone-M...072DW7NC4?th=1

    I would like to add in some real plants to give it more natural feeling to it. I am using a ShadeDweller UV light. What are some plants that can recommend? Thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptilelady View Post
    Thank you for the info. There is plenty of room and a lot of different ways to décor the enclosure.

    Thinking about adding some slate rocks to give some more climbing(basking-belly warmth) and different textures in the enclosure. Would something like this be ok to use? https://www.amazon.com/Slate-Stone-M...072DW7NC4?th=1

    I would like to add in some real plants to give it more natural feeling to it. I am using a ShadeDweller UV light. What are some plants that can recommend? Thanks again
    You're welcome! The slate in your link is good. Just level out the top with some flat slate. Be sure to use adequate substrate & generously-sized "platforms" so that the basking area sits 12 inches below the ShadeDweller. That basking area should be large enough so that it "fits" your entire leo when he's stretched out. That setup should supply a UV Index from 0.5-1.0.

    I really only recommend some plant like Sanseveria (snake plant) that can withstand dryness. Sanseveria comes in tall, medium, & short varieties. Maybe ficus? I see others' setups, but I seriously wonder whether the plants they've chosen will thrive.

    Many plants require specialized plant bulbs. Please check with Josh's Frogs for more ideas.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 04-14-2022 at 04:45 PM.
    Click: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Gekko kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (Phelsuma barbouri) ~ (Lygodactylus kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Ok thanks for the info.. any info is very helpful. I also like to mention I found this link for leopard gecko lighting:
    https://www.arcadiareptile.com/light...cular-species/

    I will have to double check to see about the plants... I may also have to add another LED plant grow light or something along with the ShadeDweller light.

    I was able to find a YouTube video discussing about leopard gecko plants as well:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpcD...l=LeopardGecko

    I feel the more we can replicate their natural home the better and the more information we have we can really make a difference in our leopard gecko lives not to mention they do live a long time so why not give them the best (of course what we can fit into our budget)
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