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Old 18-01-2012, 02:59 AM
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Default Ceramic bulbs & Crested Geckos...

Thinking of maybe getting a crestie in the future, it would be housed within a racking system for my leo's but will be a built in viv if you get me?

Anyway..... How would be the best way of heating a wooden vivarium like that? *it is 45x40x60cm

Was thinking of a statted ceramic with a cover, but wouldnt this be a risk?

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Old 18-01-2012, 03:16 AM
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there pointless mate with cresties really as long as were they are kept doesnt drop below around 20'c at night the you would be fine but to be fare mine are more active around the 19'c mark. alot of books and care sheets say between 18'c and 24'c is ideal for cresties. so slightly hotter during the day and a bit cooler at night which will happen generaly anyway
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Old 18-01-2012, 12:34 PM
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I use a statted ceramic cos I found my night time temps were dropping below 15c. I invested in a min/max thermometer and I think it was alittle too cold. If you put it on a stat it will only come on if its cold so if you think its gonna get cold get them a ceramic.
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Old 18-01-2012, 05:46 PM
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I would go for a light emitting bulb.
I personally don't see the need for night time heating as they're quite hardy.
Wooden vivarium can be quite dark, even if your room is typically bright or they're infront of a window so light emitting bulbs are good to brighten them up.
Graham's info is out of date unfortuntely and you should be providing a heat gradient for them to thermoregulate effectively.
I'd go for temperatures of around 30 at the basking spot and then a slightly cooler basking spot off to the side of around 28 then a cool side in the low 20s(cool side temperature is the more important part)
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Old 30-01-2012, 12:23 AM
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Yeah thanks mate

Only thing is, my room drops to around 13 c sometimes, so can get really cold!

What source of heating would you suggest if a ceramic is out of the window?

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