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    Hello lovely members,

    I am new to the forum, and also new to leopard geckos (or reptiles in general).
    So far I am reading as much as possible before I even consider to adopt an adult gecko.
    My plan is to create a bio active habitat in a 36x18x18 terrarium.
    I am very unsure about the light/heat fixtures. I found the Zilla Pro Sol Reptile Light Fixture. I know that leopard geckos dont need any light at night time. Since it doesnt come with any bulbs I was planning to install a halogen and uvb bulb for day time and a ceramic emitter for the night time mode. Would that be sufficient? And would a 20 be big enough for the terrarium or should I go for the 30?

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    Welcome aboard, Finia! A leopard gecko is an excellent choice for a newbie. Generally a leo will need an adjustment period to overhead heating if he's formerly been kept on a heat mat.

    During the day a leo requires a warm basking area between 88-92*F ground temperature. That helps him digest his prey. During the day the cool end should reach 70-75*F ground temperature. As long as night temps stay roughly 65*F, a leo will NOT need additional night heat.

    Many leo keepers place slate at the basking site. Slate does a great job absorbing belly heat.

    A 36 x 18 x 18 inch enclosure is ideal for a bioactive leo enclosure. You'll want a linear UVB fixture that's about 1/3-1/2 the length of the vivarium. Arcadia's ShadeDweller setup may be just what you're looking for. Place your halogen bulb (possibly a flood bulb) 1 inch away from your UVB tube to create "a patch of sunlight".

    You'll need to know the precise distance from your leo's back to the UVB tube at his basking site. At that spot the UVB Index should measure between 0.5-1.0.

    Have you checked out Arcadia's ShadeDweller fixture?

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    Thank you so much for your answer and the links! It really is appreciated.

    Unfortunately the Arcadia ShadeDweller fixture is hard to come by here in the US. But I will look into the ReptiSun fixture.
    I am still interested in the Zilla Pro Sol fixture and will research if I can use it with a DHP instead of a CHE. Theoretically it should work as I would be able to choose the bulbs Id put into it. Or am I completely wrong?
    In wintertime our house does get cold so I would need at least a heat fixture for that time of the year.

    Again, thank you so much for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finia View Post
    Thank you so much for your answer and the links! It really is appreciated.

    Unfortunately the Arcadia ShadeDweller fixture is hard to come by here in the US. But I will look into the ReptiSun fixture.
    I am still interested in the Zilla Pro Sol fixture and will research if I can use it with a DHP instead of a CHE. Theoretically it should work as I would be able to choose the bulbs Id put into it. Or am I completely wrong?
    In wintertime our house does get cold so I would need at least a heat fixture for that time of the year.

    Again, thank you so much for your help.
    You're welcome!

    Does the Zilla Pro Sol fixture have a ceramic socket for the bulb? I recommend an 80 watt DHP for your 36 x 18 x 18 rather than a CHE. You probably will need a dimming thermostat. I "think" a Herpstat dimming thermostat extends the life of your bulb in contrast to an ON/OFF thermostat. Those dimming thermostats are pricey.

    Have you tried these sources for Arcadia's products?
    • Light Your Reptiles in the USA for Arcadia's lighting including ShadeDweller lighting: 207-588-7210 LightYourReptiles@yahoo.com
    • Reptile Basics: 336-308-5767
    • & perhaps the Reptile Supply Co based in Lodi, California: Use e-mail for customer service ---> info@ReptileSupplyCo.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You're welcome!

    Does the Zilla Pro Sol fixture have a ceramic socket for the bulb? I recommend an 80 watt DHP for your 36 x 18 x 18 rather than a CHE. You probably will need a dimming thermostat. I "think" a Herpstat dimming thermostat extends the life of your bulb in contrast to an ON/OFF thermostat. Those dimming thermostats are pricey.

    Have you tried these sources for Arcadia's products?
    • Light Your Reptiles in the USA for Arcadia's lighting including ShadeDweller lighting: 207-588-7210 LightYourReptiles@yahoo.com
    • Reptile Basics: 336-308-5767
    • & perhaps the Reptile Supply Co based in Lodi, California: Use e-mail for customer service ---> info@ReptileSupplyCo.com
    The Pro Sol does come with a socket for a CHE. I couldn’t find anything about replacing it with a DHP.
    And adding a DHP on top of the CHE would probably be too much, right?

    I’ve looked all over and it seems that the Arcadia is sold out everywhere. But I will check the shops you’ve listed later. Otherwise the ReptiSun would still be an option.

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    I found the Arcadia fixture! I will go with that one and a DHP.

    Thank you so much again, @Elizabeth Freer.
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    Below area links to articles that Gecko Time ran about bioactive enclosures and leopard geckos:

    https://geckotime.com/holistic-desig...geckos-part-1/
    https://geckotime.com/holistic-desig...geckos-part-2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finia View Post
    I found the Arcadia fixture! I will go with that one and a DHP.

    Thank you so much again, @Elizabeth Freer.
    Excellent, Finia!


    Don't combine a DHP and a CHE to heat the same enclosure. A Deep Heat Projector's rays penetrate deep inside a gecko's body. CHEs only provide body surface heat.

    Ceramic sockets are significantly more heat resistant to melting when compared to plastic sockets. I recommend ceramic socket fixtures when used for reptile lighting and heating.
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    Finia ~

    You may wish to use a halogen bulb shining upon slate during the day & your DHP at night.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    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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