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    This is all over the place I am an anxious wreck please forgive me.

    I'm still having an issue I posted about with temps vs humidity... If the temp is more comfortable (75+) then the humidity suffers. If the humidity is kept well, the temp suffers (65-70 degrees). I have a ceramic heat emmitter and a hallogen bulb but I can't seem to keep temps up using these without the humidity suffering terribly while I am sleeping or at work.

    I have plastic on the screen lid to keep the humidity in but I am still having trouble keeping the humidity up. This morning when I woke up it was at 30%....

    If I use no heat I can keep the humidity reasonable. But I am concerned that it's too cold... Today the room got to 65 degrees F and most of the time it is 68-72 during winter. Our heat doesn't work well in this room but I can't keep her in the warmer room because I have very interested cats. Are these low temps okay for 24 hours all winter? I don't want her to be too cold...

    She is about 8 grams and I moved her from her critter keeper to a 10 gallon one week ago, substrate is paper towel. I haven't seen her eat since. I left a couple small dubias in a bowl and now there's one so I hope she ate it and it didn't just escape. I know most people have the concern their gecko isn't eating but with this one I have seen her almost clean the tiny bowl I have and she hasn't done it in a week. Is this because of the cold?

    Tldr; is 65-70 degrees 24\7 during winter time okay?? How long will it take for her to start eating more after moving to a new enclosure?

    I'm just a very anxious person and I want to make sure she is healthy!

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    She’s so pretty! You can use something like a repti fogger. It has an adjustable knob to put it to what you prefer. That way you can give her some heat because cold and a lot of humidity can be bad. There’s lots of products out there that allow you to put it on a timer. Do a bit of googling and you will find a lot of cool stuff. Check out Hygrotherm by zoo med. Maybe it will work well for you? I’ve never used it. Just seems like it may be worth trying.

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    Cold can slow down metabolism, but it can take a gecko up to a month to start eating in a new environment, too. So don't panic - if your gecko's temps are 65-70 most of the time, he will probably be just fine. It's a little on the cool side, but not quite in the danger zone.

    Have you considered using the heat emitter for heat, and putting a humidifier in your room near the tank, in addition to misting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    Cold can slow down metabolism, but it can take a gecko up to a month to start eating in a new environment, too. So don't panic - if your gecko's temps are 65-70 most of the time, he will probably be just fine. It's a little on the cool side, but not quite in the danger zone.

    Have you considered using the heat emitter for heat, and putting a humidifier in your room near the tank, in addition to misting?
    The heat emmitter made it even more dry... I did try running a humidifier and it helped a bit but not a ton .. the room is still only 30% humidity.

    I ended up moving her back to her critter keeper for now. She can find her food easier and I can control the humidity a little bit better. When she was in there she would practically clean the bowl of her pangea and I'd like to see her doing that again. I think once she's bigger and I can put her into a bioactive set up things will be better. Also once winter is over it wont be so dry.
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    Best to always provide a section of heat. No one but the gecko themselves know what they need. We should never assume that they are fine at “this temp” without offering options. Just imagine living in this small box without the ability to control our body temperature. They can’t put on a coat, start a fire to warm up... you get what I’m saying? We are responsible for providing options for these creatures that can not communicate in our language

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sg612 View Post
    Best to always provide a section of heat. No one but the gecko themselves know what they need. We should never assume that they are fine at ďthis tempĒ without offering options. Just imagine living in this small box without the ability to control our body temperature. They canít put on a coat, start a fire to warm up... you get what Iím saying? We are responsible for providing options for these creatures that can not communicate in our language
    This is why I ask, yeah.... I am gonna try the hallogen lamp I have again with her in her critter keeper. I was able to get one side to maintain about 76 which is much better and the humidity stayed mostly in a safe range. I'll just have a night drop if I can get this to work out consistently. I wish I could just ask her how she feels haha
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