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    Hi guys,

    Our lamp came today woo!

    Just wondering, is this set up okay? It's a 50 watt infrared lamp.

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    Here it's placed on top of the vivarium; the top is made of a wire mesh. We did have a heating mat at the back but it wasn't providing much heat at all!

    Just wondering if this is okay, in terms of keeping him warm and so that the mesh won't melt?

    Also, how often do I need it to be switched on?

    Thank you very much guys!

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    What type of gecko do you have? Almost everyone i've met says belly heat is an absolute necessity. If the under the tank heater is not providing much heat, you must have too much substrate on top of it.

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    What species of gecko are you housing in that enclosure? We can't tell you one way or the other until we know the species, as they all have different care requirements.

    "Belly heat" doesn't work for all gecko species, and unless you have a radiant heat panel, heat mats are not usually a good idea for warming the air inside of an enclosure beyond the substrate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReptiFiles View Post
    What species of gecko are you housing in that enclosure? We can't tell you one way or the other until we know the species, as they all have different care requirements.

    "Belly heat" doesn't work for all gecko species, and unless you have a radiant heat panel, heat mats are not usually a good idea for warming the air inside of an enclosure beyond the substrate.
    I'm only familiar with Leopard geckos and African Fat Tailed geckos, so that's why UTH is all I've used or heard about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayJay&Cleo View Post
    I'm only familiar with Leopard geckos and African Fat Tailed geckos, so that's why UTH is all I've used or heard about.
    I assumed so. This enclosure looks like a setup for an arboreal species, however.
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    I do agree with the advice above, but regardless of species, and contrary to popular belief, geckos CAN see "infrared" lights. These lights are very unnatural, think of it as all of the sudden the lights in your house turn purple, or the sun becomes red and so on.

    Due to this, overhead, day lighting/heating should only be done with a CHE or normal white bulbs. No night time bulbs should ever be used at night regardless of color. If overhead heating is required at night, it can be done with a CHE.

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