Banded gecko 26 gallon bowfront


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I'm thinking about getting a pair of Texas banded geckos. I was thinking of letting the Texas banded geckos naturally breed and incubate. Also I have excavator with sand, it's about 60% clay and 40% sand. I also lined the warm side with Eco Earth, so would a heat mat work then? I will have a moist hide, warm and cool hide. Will all this work?


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Here are the pictures of the tank with a comparison of the other Texas banded gecko tank.


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Okay, I am bringing back this thread. It's been 2 years filled with many hours, days, weeks and months of research. I had a mite problem so the tank has to be redone and set outside to kill of the mites. I just got the soil for the cactus and succulents with a sand/gravle cap. Im thinking of putting a heat mat on the back with a ceramic heat emiiter above a rock pile. I have a nice section of Cholla and old boards to replicate a picture I found from Califoniaherps picture online. Heres the progress of the tear down, the mesh didnt work as well as I hoped.


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Good luck with it. If you want to write about how you did this (with pictures and explanation) Gecko Time will publish it. PM me if you want article guidelines.


Elizabeth Freer

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Eco Earth's coco fiber is actually an insulator. So it may be easier to heat from above.

Here's the way to get pictures out of that Attached Thumbnails box.
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Found some info on the average temps and rain for parts of the range for C.brevis.

Month High/Low temp Rain Days

January 64° / 42° 4 days

February 69° / 46° 2 days

March 75° / 53° 4 days

April 82° / 60° 3 days

May 87° / 68° 4 days

June 92° / 73° 3 days

July 95° / 75° 3 days

August 96° / 75° 3 days

September 90° / 70° 4 days

October 83° / 62° 4 days

November 73° / 52° 3 days

December 66° / 44° 3 days


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Did some testing for a humid layer soil with organic potting soil as the contilr and had 3 variables, one with sand, another with wood chips and the last with both sand and wood. The best mix was with wood and I figured that but wanted to do some testing. I will have the soil and wood mixed 50/50 and add some crushed up egg shells for my CUC (isopods and springtails)


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Heres the update for you guys, got some clear 100% silicone for the tank and the backgrounds were weighed down by dumbbells. The few plamts I will have will be a sedum sp. and dry grass. Found out the Joshs Frogs mu=ight have some for sale at the end of the summer k]or early fall. Im going to hopefully get 1 male and 1 female.