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    I purchased a six month old super giant Leo a couple weeks ago. He is currently in a zoo-med medium wide 24x18x18 terrarium. He has two non - humid hides and a humid hide. I am using an uth for heat with a thermostat. Also have a Zoo-med led strip for lighting. For my substrate I am using paper towels, but want to get away from using paper towels as a substrate as all he does is hide under the towels and his food ends up under the towels while he's on top.

    I was toying with the idea of a semi - bioactive enclosure, but for now I think I am going to go with some other substrate (no carpet). Was thinking of noon - stick linoleum like I have in my bearded dragon enclosures or ceramic tiles (have no way to cut ceramic to size). Just not sure about using the uth with these substrates and how adequate the uth heats these substrates.

    The uth that I am using is the 30-40 gallon one. Will this be sufficient for heating purposes? I live in Florida and during the day my apartment is around 80 degrees during the week and 77 on the weekends. At night it is always around 74 degrees.

    I am also thinking about putting a planter type thing in the enclosure for a couple succulents. Is this okay?

    Thanks for the responses!

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    I am using ceramic tile, and it works really well, if you can't cut it you can ask lowes, home depot, or any lawn home store to cut it for you, tile is a good heat conductor and it cleans well.
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    Ceramic tile with succulents in planters is a good idea. Then you can take out the planter and water it without getting the enclosure too moist.

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    The uth that I am using is the 30-40 gallon one. Will this be sufficient for heating purposes? I live in Florida and during the day my apartment is around 80 degrees during the week and 77 on the weekends. At night it is always around 74 degrees.
    As long as your ceramic tiles are only ~3/8 inch thick, they should work well with your heat mat. Get rough-textured tiles to provide a bit of traction for your leo.

    Are you matching these temps?

    Temperatures - A temperature gradient from warm to cool maintains your leo's health. Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured with the probe of a digital thermometer or a temp gun (and controlled by a thermostat set at 91*F/32.8*C):
    • 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) ground temperature right underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the heat mat/UTH on 24/7. At night turn off overhead lighting/heating (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    As long as your ceramic tiles are only ~3/8 inch thick, they should work well with your heat mat. Get rough-textured tiles to provide a bit of traction for your leo.

    Are you matching these temps?
    May I ask why the UTH needs to be on 24/7?

    In the wild it does cool down at night and even the ground and rocks cool off after a few hours of cooling. So, if I am using the tile, would it not be the same thing? It would retain heat for a couple hours and then be cool.

    My temps are around what you have stated.

    Edit: My thermostat is one of those ones that has a day and night setting, so I control the temps as needed for a day and night cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonegreywolf20 View Post
    May I ask why the UTH needs to be on 24/7?

    In the wild it does cool down at night and even the ground and rocks cool off after a few hours of cooling. So, if I am using the tile, would it not be the same thing? It would retain heat for a couple hours and then be cool.

    My temps are around what you have stated.

    Edit: My thermostat is one of those ones that has a day and night setting, so I control the temps as needed for a day and night cycle.


    Good on your temps! Sounds like your leo is covered. It never hurts to ask.

    Some keepers prefer keeping the UTH on 24/7. A leo can always move to the cool end. It's unnecessary to keep the UTH on 24/7 as long as room temps stay mid-60ish at night.
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