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    1/ do i have to spray inside my tank each day ?
    2/ i have my 2 leopard geckos in a starter tank 16 length x 12 width at the moment with a heatmat under at one end the temp is about 75 ish .
    Im wanting to move them out of the plastic starter to a glass tank 36 inches length x 12 width x 15 height .Could i use the same heatmat under the glass tank or would it be too small ? The guy in the petshop recons i could but im unsure . Also ive not seen them eat yet but found some poop today so im assuming they are .They are only young about 6 inchs in length .
    They are my first geckos and have realy no idea what im doing at the moment

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    1. Leopard geckos do not need the whole tank to be humid, so you don't have to mist the tank. They like a small humid container. Get a plastic container with a lid, cut a hole in the side or the top, put some paper towel in it and mist inside there.

    2. Your planned 36" tank is a good idea. I don't know the dimensions of the heat mat, but it should cover up to 1/3 of the tank on one side. Is the 75 degree temperature on the floor or in the air? The temps should be in the low 90's on the floor (not in the air).

    Your best bet is to read some caresheets about leopard geckos. You can find them by googling "leopard gecko care". My caresheet is here: Leopard Gecko Care Sheet Geckcessories

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    Brilliant thanks for the reply the 75 degree is the air temp i have a thermometer stuck to the side of the tank on the warm end . The heat mat is 11 inch x 11 inch so i presume it would be ok for a 30 inch tank .I do have a hide for them with some moss type stuff in which i got with the starter kit and that is damp inside .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tats View Post
    1/ do i have to spray inside my tank each day ?
    2/ i have my 2 leopard geckos in a starter tank 16 length x 12 width at the moment with a heatmat under at one end the temp is about 75 ish .
    Im wanting to move them out of the plastic starter to a glass tank 36 inches length x 12 width x 15 height .Could i use the same heatmat under the glass tank or would it be too small ? The guy in the petshop recons i could but im unsure . Also ive not seen them eat yet but found some poop today so im assuming they are .They are only young about 6 inchs in length .
    They are my first geckos and have realy no idea what im doing at the moment

    I hope that you've upped the temperature on the warm end since posting this! Don't want to overlook a very important detail: It is vital for you to have a range of floor temperatures within your leos' enclosure from the low 70s F on the cool end to 90ish on the warm end. At night the heat can be turned off as long as the ambient temps fall no lower than about 67 F.

    Crickets and/or roaches make the most nutritous diet for your leos? Are you dusting the crickets with phosphorous-free calcium with D3? I like the Rep-Cal brand.

    I strongly recommend paper towels or slated tile for the substrate.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 01-18-2011 at 08:29 AM.
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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    Hiya thanks for your reply , im now replacing the sand subtrate i got with the tank with a piece of lino . The thermometer i have is one that sticks to the side of the tank which is showing 75 degree,s .I have a small bowl of calcium in the tank and am dusting the crickets and mealworm with that as well .
    If i knew what i do now i wouldnt have bought a starter kit but spose you learn by your mistakes .
    The petshop are now saying you need lighting to give the geckos vitamin b but having read the factsheet in the above post im ignoring that advice .If i want lighting in the future ill ask on here for advice first.
    They are eating the mealworm and basically look quite happy and content at the moment i hope moving them to a bigger permanent home wont disturb them to much

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    Tats ~

    75 F is way too cool for your leopard gecko tank! Somehow you've got to get more heat for him. You should also have the thermometer, digital is best, right on the floor. Read the posts above which suggest the temperature range.

    Good to hear you've removed the sand. Maybe after you gain some experience and your gecko is over 1 year old, you might return to sand. I believe the safest way is the way you've chosen.

    Is your calcium powder with D3 phosphorous-free?

    The best diet for leos are either crickets or roaches. Mealworms are OK now and then, but NOT as a staple. Mealworms can also cause impaction.
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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    Note that the 75 degrees was reported to be the air temp, not the floor temp. It would be a good idea for original poster to get either a laser temperature gun or a digital thermometer with a probe to put on the floor to check floor temperatures. No lighting at all is needed for leopard geckos, though some people do report their leos bask when provided with a light and others use a red light at night.

    Aliza

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    have unstuck the thermometer from the side of the tank and put it on the floor , the temp went up to just under 90 . Still need to transfer the geckos to the larger 30 inch tank but unsure as to what size heatmat is needed .

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    tats ~

    The UTH should be 1/3 the length of the tank and of adequate width.
    "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 post 142 (use left side numbers): Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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