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Old 16-06-2009, 06:55 PM
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hi there i was thinking of buying a leopard gecko as i hear they are good for beginners and they look cool

right now i have a 15 gallon tank to place it in.. i have not bought it yet as i want to do my research first.. there is a few things i need to know first

would you say a 15 gallon tank is big enough to house a gecko?
what substrate should i use eg. sand .. ?
is there need for drift wood etc ?
what is the best type of food to feed them?
do they need supplements eg.. calcium supplement?
and just how to generally care for geckos

as i say i am totaly new to this whole gecko keeping right now i keep fish

i plan to buy .. a reptile bulb , drinking bowl , place to hide , heating mats
if you can suggest anything else that would be helpful

OH and could someone explain what,how to mist your tank

help would be much appreciated

thanks
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Old 16-06-2009, 07:10 PM
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Errr...im not good with gallons xD A viv about 60cmx30cm (length by width) would be suitable for two i would think...
Use newspaper while its young, and when its older use sand if you wish, although there is a risk of impaction taht comes with sand...you could also use lino/slate tiles
You could use driftwood for prettiness/hides i suppose...
I feed mine roaches, locusts + mealworms also work, or if your brave or crazy, crickets
They'll need a vitamin supplement and a calcium supplement (sprinkle calcium onto food during the week, and nutrobal during the weekend) i also keep a milk bottle cap of calcium in the viv with them, and they lick that when they want
You'll want 2 hides (one on the hot side and one on the cold side) as well as a moist hide (just cut a hole into a butter box and place some moist sphagman moss/paper towels into it)
You'll want the heat mat to be cover about 1/3-1/2 of the vivarium floor, (hotside) and the other side would be the cold side, this is to allow them to choose which temperature they wanna be at
they are like really low maintanace pets, so just change the newspaper/spot clean when they do a doodoo


thing you'll need to buy
Heat mat + mat stat
supplements
hides
You'll not need the bulb...unless you are gonna use it for looking at them

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Old 16-06-2009, 07:20 PM
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I'm getting one soon, this is some of the things i have been told.

That size should be ok, for substrate kitchen roll or newspaper when young. Locusts, crickets, mealworms for live food.

Supplements, dusting livefood with nutrabol twice a week and komodo cricket dust (calcium powder) about 5 times per week.

For viv, shallow water dish, small lid for calcium powder, small cork hide, heat mat 12 x 12, habistat mat stat, branches and fake plants, a moist hide with some spagnum moss or damp kitchen roll in it.
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Old 16-06-2009, 07:32 PM
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would you say a 15 gallon tank is big enough to house a gecko?

it depends on what size in inches/cm ~ if it measures around 2ftx1ft then yes it's big enough

what substrate should i use eg. sand .. ?

some use playsand but I prefer using non-loose substrates such as tiles, lino, paper etc

is there need for drift wood etc
?

you can add cleaned drift wood if wanted to decorate

what is the best type of food to feed them?

livefoods such as crix, hoppers, mealworms, roachs ~ I would not advise waxxies as they're too fatty and leo's can get addicted to them ending up obese

do they need supplements eg.. calcium supplement?

yes ~ I have a dish of calcium available at all times then livefood is dusted with calcium during the week and vits at weekends

and just how to generally care for geckos

I have several caresheets on my website here -> SleepyDee Gecko's - Leopard Gecko

i plan to buy .. a reptile bulb , drinking bowl , place to hide , heating mats
if you can suggest anything else that would be helpful


would add at least two hides (hot end and cool end), a moist hide, water dish, heatmat and stat

OH and could someone explain what,how to mist your tank

you don't mist leo's or their tank as too much humidity can cause RI ~ all they need for humidity is a moist hide
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i agree with everything SleepyD has said and i kept my leo on kitchen roll.
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Old 16-06-2009, 09:59 PM
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well thanks guys for the info and the website tought me a lot

just a few more think that i am not sure about.. would damp shredded paper be suitable for the damp hide?

also when i first get my gecko should i leave him/her for a day or two and not fed the gecko for say.. 24 hours so it can get used to its surrounding? and a heat lamp isn't necessary ?

also where do i attach heat mats... inside the vivarium under the substrate?
or outside at the bottom of the tank?
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Old 16-06-2009, 10:21 PM
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would damp shredded paper be suitable for the damp hide?

yes

when i first get my gecko should i leave him/her for a day or two and not fed the gecko for say.. 24 hours so it can get used to its surrounding?

I usually leave them alone quietly for the first day or so with a dish of mealies in with them to snack on

and a heat lamp isn't necessary ?

No

also where do i attach heat mats... inside the vivarium under the substrate?or outside at the bottom of the tank?

if you have a wooden viv then the statted heatmat is placed on the floor under the substrate with the stat prob placed ontop ~ if you're using a glass/plastic tank then generally the statted heat mat goes underneath the tank
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Old 23-06-2009, 07:22 PM
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Would you say a 15 gallon tank is big enough to house a gecko?
I don't do gallon's but my tank is 2ft by 2ft think thats about 8-10 gallons? but thats big enough for one

What substrate should i use eg. sand .. ?
DO NOT use sand as substrate geckos can get impacted, your better off using cork, lino, kitchen roll E.t.c...

Is there need for drift wood etc ?
You could use drift wood its basicaly things for them to hide under or climb on or whatever

What is the best type of food to feed them?
Meal worms, locusts, Crickets.. A wax worm once or twice a week (Wax worms are like chocolate to them so dont give them to many they will get addicted to them, good for putting weight on geckos though)

Do they need supplements eg.. calcium supplement?
Cricket dust.. when you go to feed your gecko just dab the (cricket, worm, locust) into the powder and shake the excess off.. you can put liquid calcium into the water aswell


Basics:- Heat mat OR UV blub, you don't need both, people have bulbs mainly to see them.
A drinking bowl
Two hides: one for the cold part of the viv one for the hot part.
Rocks? Pebbles? Plants? anything that they can hide in or climb on basicaly.
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i would recommend sand as substrate, i really dont see the problem with it. mine has been on sand since i got it 5 years ago and never had a problem. plus it looks good, better than kitchen towel anyway
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Old 23-06-2009, 07:39 PM
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i would recommend sand as substrate, i really dont see the problem with it. mine has been on sand since i got it 5 years ago and never had a problem. plus it looks good, better than kitchen towel anyway
some might use fine sand with adult leo's but wouldn't use it or recommend it for younger/smaller leo's at all ~ they have poor aim and smaller digestional tracts which are easier to get impacted
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