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Old 29-06-2009, 12:10 PM
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Hey guys I am just starting out with Geckos and for years I have wanted a Gold Dust Day Gecko for years and I am in a position in life where I can get one, I have done allot of research and have found some items that I think and know I need to buy but would like some advice to make sure these are right and i am not getting ripped off or overspend and find out I donít need some items.

First I have seen this and I really like it but is it any good for the Gecko I want to get a small Exo Terra Rainforest Habitat Kit from swell reptiles

I was also going to get some other bits that I think I need for it. Such as a fogger, as they look amazing and I think it would help me as I work odd hours and I am not always around for fogging to help get the humidity up. On the back of this I have read different care sheets and some say fog/mist 3 times a day and some say 7 times, and then others state that to much will cause health issues. So any good care info or some good care sheets would be cool

Next, bulbs and heating:
Well the Exo Terra Rainforest Habitat Kit is a starter kit but does not include the bulbs and I am not sure what to get for the Gecko, as I know that it will need vitamin D3 but what bulb do I use? I am also thinking about this light controller for day and night time settings, is it any good and do I need it? With the starter kit I am buying! I have also seen a heat mat and I donít know if this is good or bad. Some sites say good and some say bad, any advice on heat mats would be cool..

I plan on getting an incubation box for times when I need to do a full clean and just in case I get a female and she has eggs!

Also if anyone in the Newcastle area has a Gold Dust Day Female Gecko for sale I would like to know more please.

Aloha and thanks
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Heat mats - don't heat the air only what they come into contact with. I tell't ya and I am God so no questioning me.
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Thanks dude, so ne heat mat then! just lights
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Thanks dude, so ne heat mat then! just lights
No you still need heat. Thermostat and ceramic heat bulb was the conversation we had.

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Ok dude, you are god, well if you can give me a list of things i need then i will get on it and have scout around..

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here is a basic list for most day gecko species;

Viv - for gold sust I would say a 30/30/45 exo terra
substrate - peat/moss/leaf litter/coco substrate or a mixture of them all - you only need a few cm of substrate
various plants fake or real but real ones help hold the humidity
branches/cork bark tubes/bamboo tubes (these are the best) both running vertical and horizintal
heating from spot light as they like to bask. You DO NOT need a heat mat aswell unless in winter to keep night time temps up. A 40w spot bulb in ballast should be fine in this size viv but ALL HEATING ELEMENTS MUST BE USED WITH A THERMOSTAT
misting bottle - mist often throughout the day to gain around 80% humidity
fogger is optional and must be used with great care


Viv can be naturalistic or very plain
some examples in google day gecko viv - Google Image Search
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Ok I've never kept day geckos so the best I can do is:

HOUSING: - the enclosure you've found is the right size based on care sheets

HEATING: I've given you my opinion on heatmats so I'd recommend looking at a different heatsource.

Make sure you get a thermostat no matter what heat source you choose

LIGHTING: It looks like they need full spectrum UV bulb but I could be wrong.

HUMIDIDTY: I don't think you need a fogger - the humidity they require can be achieved by spraying a couple of times a day. Put a basic hygrometer in the tank and if humidity regularly drops below 50% and you can't spray it in time then get a fogger. But between the two of you I can't see your hours being that much of a problem.


Some day gecko expert will hopefully spot this thread at some point
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Ok sweet, the starter kit Contents:
PT-2660 Habitat Kit Rainforest - Small:
Exo Terra Glass Terrarium - Compact Top - Hygromometer - Thermometer - Rock Background - Water Dish Small - Plantation Soil - Jungle Plant Croton - Jungle Plant Amapallo - Jungle Vine Medium - Jungle Fern Small - Instruction Manual

So that sounds good, just need to add a heat lamp and misting bottle..

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Ok sweet, the starter kit Contents:
PT-2660 Habitat Kit Rainforest - Small:
Exo Terra Glass Terrarium - Compact Top - Hygromometer - Thermometer - Rock Background - Water Dish Small - Plantation Soil - Jungle Plant Croton - Jungle Plant Amapallo - Jungle Vine Medium - Jungle Fern Small - Instruction Manual

So that sounds good, just need to add a heat lamp and misting bottle..

Thanks guys
nope - you need to add:

1 - 40watt spot bulb
2 - ballast for the bulb
3 - THERMOSTAT
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OK dude this sounds stupid but what's a ballast for the bulb, is it the housing or wire!
I have found this bulb will it do for the spot bulb, and do need a housing or stand for this? does it go inside or outside the enclosure? Also the starter kit has no lights with it, do I need neon style or just normal, do the screw in or what!

Sorry for the questions
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