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    hi i have a leopard gecko i had her in a 20 gallon fishtank now got my hands on a 18x18x18 encloser it open in the front is this ok for one leopard gecko here a pic
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    Your enclosure looks nice. However, in a vertically-oriented enclosure such as this new tank, how will you maintain a thermal gradient?

    Was the former tank a 20 gallon LONG: 30 x 12 x 12 inches?

    If you toss in the feeders and do not use a feeding dish, the space under the uneven tiles will be ideal hiding places for crickets.
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    no it was a 20gallon tall wasn't a 20gallon long and know about how the it will be ideal hiding place for crickets tueday im going to go buy different size tile to put there to take place of the ones there. the warm side was up to 87 when i left for church and the cool side was 80 i came home and the light were off so have to wait to see if the temp is going to be right when i come home tuesday . in the tall tank it was warm side was 95 and cool side was 80 do they have to have a che or uth i was using a red infered light at night until i saw on here that it would hurt their eyes i used that red light for 2 years do they need uvb light
    i was using one on the other tank but the bulb burnt out

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouncer36 View Post
    no it was a 20gallon tall wasn't a 20gallon long and know about how the it will be ideal hiding place for crickets tueday im going to go buy different size tile to put there to take place of the ones there. the warm side was up to 87 when i left for church and the cool side was 80 i came home and the light were off so have to wait to see if the temp is going to be right when i come home tuesday . in the tall tank it was warm side was 95 and cool side was 80 do they have to have a che or uth i was using a red infered light at night until i saw on here that it would hurt their eyes i used that red light for 2 years do they need uvb light
    i was using one on the other tank but the bulb burnt out
    I am not sure that you'll be able to maintain these temperatures in that tank It is more for arboreal species. Recommend getting a different gecko for that tank and a 20 gallon LONG for your leo. I like front doors too. Exo Terra has a 36 x 18 x 12 inch tank that is PERFECT!

    Your cool side is too warm.

    Daytime temperatures for all leos regardless of size:
    88-93 F (31-34 C) ground temp at warm end inside the warm dry hide
    no greater than 85 F (29.5 C) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    no greater than 75 (or 77) F (24.5) air temp - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    One online place that sells CHEs and UTHs is the Bean Farm. Consider buying an Exo Terra Night Glo moonlight bulb. A CHE emits only heat.

    From Amazon you can get one or two Hydrofarm MTPRTC thermostats for about $35 each.

    For many details click on the Leopard Gecko Caresheet linked right below in my signature.
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    well i am having trouble i have moved things around and my temps havent settle yet on the warm side it 92 and on the cool side it is 80 degrees
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    I used to have this exact same tank.. And a good temp gradient (floor and ground) is near impossible to maintain in it... My gecko was generally "unhappy" in it (by this, I mean I never saw him outside of his hides, so he wasn't very active)...
    Once I got my 20 gal long (29.5 inches long x 11.75iches wide) it was like he was a new gecko, he came out much more and was a lot more active..
    If you live in Canada then you can get a cheap 20 gallon long off of Kijiji, or a fish tank works the same.. That is what I got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bouncer36 View Post
    well i am having trouble i have moved things around and my temps havent settle yet on the warm side it 92 and on the cool side it is 80 degrees
    What type of lighting is housed in the fixture above the tank? Have you tried establishing a diagonal gradient?
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    the long one is a uvb light and the little one is a 60w household light bulb i usally have 75w household light bulb no i havent tried to turn it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    What type of lighting is housed in the fixture above the tank? Have you tried establishing a diagonal gradient?
    how do you do that

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    Diagonal thermal gradient:
    Reason I suggest trying is that one can get a greater separation between the warm end and the cool end of a tank of these dimensions by using the diagonal. For instance: Make the front right corner the warm "end" and the back left corner the "cool" end.

    Are you dusting with ANY supplement which contains vitamin D3 in addition to using the UVB light? If so, not a good idea. Too much D3.

    A tube fluorescent UVB? What brand and strength?
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