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    Hi all, it's me....yet again.

    OK, so quick background: Just got Donovan a week ago. We have a Zoo-Med front opening 25 gallon enclosure (12x30x16).

    Following very welcomed advice, I switched out the Zoo-Med 30-40 gallon UTH for a Ultratherm one that is 11x17 (approx). I have a 150 watt ceramic heat emitter. I'm using ceramic tiles as my substrate.

    Donnie has multiple hides throughout the enclosure to give him options including a humid hide cave that he loves (and used extensively when he had a successful shed a couple days ago). He's a very eager eater (definitely prefers Dubia to superworms). He's going to the bathroom.

    So, here's the issue. Our thermostat is wonky but our insulation is really really good. As a result, our townhome gets warm... very very warm. So we put on the AC, but thanks to the wonky thermostat, for it to successfully cool all floors to a reasonable temperature, the lower floors end up around 63 degrees.

    Overnight, using just the UTH seems to be okay. The floor on the warm side stays around 90-95 and around 68 at the coldest point, and the surrounding air is around 72 on the warm side and 70 on the cool side.

    But during the day time, the floor temps stay around the same, as does the surrounding air. If I turn on the ceramic heat emitter, however, it raises the ambient air temps to 90ish on the warm side and 75ish on the cool side. BUT, it raises the floor temp too much (119 degrees).

    I was using the ceramic heat emitter when I had the smaller UTH and it didn't get THAT hot.

    I have an Arcadia Shade dweller light fixture (12") on the way. Do those add any heat?

    Does anyone have a practical suggestion to add sufficient warmth without it getting too too warm?

    Or, as long as the ground temp is okay, are those temperatures (without the ceramic heat emitter) okay?

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    I'm not sure I understand the problem. Are you saying that the floor and air temps are the same day and night? If that's the case, it's fine. If it's otherwise, please provide more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I'm not sure I understand the problem. Are you saying that the floor and air temps are the same day and night? If that's the case, it's fine. If it's otherwise, please provide more details.

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    Yes. As long as I don't use the ceramic heat emitter, the floor temp stays pretty much the same. And the air temp fluctuates slightly only.

    I was just worried that the air temps should be warmer during the day (hi, my name is Michele and my special skills include worrying, over-worrying, and over-thinking). But Donnie seems fairly content without the ceramic heat emitter running.

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    I've always felt that if the ambient temps are OK for humans, they are OK for leopard geckos. If they're too cold, they can stay in their warm hides where the hide will trap the air so it will be warm enough for them. If they're too hot, they can go to the cool side. I live in New England with no AC in summer, so the ambient temp ranges form the 60's in the winter to (sometimes) the 90's in the summer. Everyone does OK, even me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I've always felt that if the ambient temps are OK for humans, they are OK for leopard geckos. If they're too cold, they can stay in their warm hides where the hide will trap the air so it will be warm enough for them. If they're too hot, they can go to the cool side. I live in New England with no AC in summer, so the ambient temp ranges form the 60's in the winter to (sometimes) the 90's in the summer. Everyone does OK, even me!

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    Eek! No AC in summer? I admit, I've gotten very spoiled (especially now with the whole central air thing).

    Yesterday, it was exceedingly cold in here (62 degrees on the 3rd floor) when we got up, so I used the CHE for a little bit to warm up the enclosure and realized that Donnie actually seems to prefer the ambient temps cooler as long as his tummy can be warm (as soon as the temp raised slightly he crawled out of his humid hide, gave me what I interpreted as a dirty look, and went over to one of his cool hides). So, no more CHE.
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    I think that's a good move. The CHE dries out the air and can dehydrate the gecko. I don't mind no AC because I like to know it's summer in the summer. I have a ceiling fan which makes things much more bearable.

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