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    Default What should I use to heat the air inside my enclosure?


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    Aside from the obvious heating pad (which i already have going), which type of light should I use to provide airborne daytime heat to my gecko? I have a 10 inch 200w heat lamp, and nothing to put in it! I'll definitely get a thermostat and all that, but I haven't a clue what light I should get. the general consensus seems to be that they only need a heated IR light or a ceramic heating element, and not a UVB (provided i supplement the gecko adequately), but i'm not sure what wattage/color/whatever i should go for.

    also, how long/how hot should i keep it running?

    my enclosure is 24"x18"x12"

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    If your tank is in a room with indirect sunlight, with a window & blinds, etc.. then you don't need UV. If you want to provide supplemental heating you can get a ceramic heat emitter, a fairly low wattage one. They emit heat without light, which is more ideal for your geckos as you can use it day or night depending on your temperature needs. Test your temperature because you likely don't need it. A CHE is highly recommend if your ambient temperature falls below 70 on consistent basis.

    If your tank is in a totally dark room and you want to provide a day/night cycle, you can use a low wattage UV bulb, and make sure to not run it for more than 8-10 hours a day. Make sure you provide adequate shades & tight fitting hides so your gecko can get tucked away during the day sleeping away from the light.

    If you want a light to observe your gecko with at night, get a low wattage exo-terra moon-glo bulb. They imitate natural moonlight.
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    thanks for the info!

    the temperature in the room reads at slightly above 70 at the moment (using an analog thermometer, digital is on the way, i promise) but it will almost certainly get cooler than that come winter because i live in Canada.

    i'm looking at ceramic heating elements on amazon right now and the lowest available is 60 watts. will that be adequate?

    i have a 75 watt exo-terra "night heat-lamp" bulb right now, will this work for heat if i turn it on for 8-10 hours at night only?
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    I use a 75watt heatbulb raised a couple inches above the tank and my air temps stay at about 83 on the hot side and 70 or so on the cool side. I could switch to a 50 or maybe even a 25watt bulb put directly on the top of my cage however in the winter I need the 75watt so it's easier for me to just raise it a couple inches. That is the only light I have and I use it in combination with a heat mat.

    P.S The type if light I use is an Exo-Terra Day Light Bulb. (The green box).
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    Hi,

    Can you take a picture of the enclosure during the time light shines in? If the gecko is not receiving enough light from a window, it can cause problems with appetite eventually.

    If you're going to use a CHE, I recommend that you buy a thermostat and a reliable thermometer(with probes would be best) at the same time in order to prevent overheating.

    How long is your leo? The enclosure should be as followed: Minimum

    4x's as long as your leo (most important)
    3x's as wide
    2x's as high

    For example you have an adult which is 8 inches long.

    4 x 8= 32 inches, therefore the enclosure must be at least 32 inches long minimum. This will allow proper thermoregulation and space for hunting and exercise. I believe the next size up if your purchasing an enclosure is 36 in. long. It's best to start out with an adult sized enclosure due to the fact that most reach almost adult size in a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket4u View Post
    Can you take a picture of the enclosure during the time light shines in? If the gecko is not recieving enough light from a window, it can cause problems with appetite eventually.

    If you're going to use a CHE, I recommend that you buy a thermostat at the same time in order to prevent overheating.

    How long is your leo? The enclosure should be as followed: Minimum

    4x's as long as your leo (most important)
    3x's as wide
    2x's as high
    yep, i have one thermostat on the way from amazon at the moment for use with the heat pad. I'll order another one before i start using the heat lamp.

    my leo is probably between 3-4 inches. he's a very tiny 1-3 month old hatchling, i believe. i thought the enclosure i got him would be big enough for his whole life, but apparently not? i'll have to look into an upgrade in the future.

    here's the enclosure next to the window. there is never any direct sunlight coming through, as the window faces south.

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