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Old 13-07-2009, 03:34 PM
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Hi, i just got my setup and i dont think its right. i asked for a glass vivarium but she said it would be too cold? to keep the heat in.
heres what i have:

wooden 36"x18"x18" vivarium
150W exo terra infra red bulb
Microclimate magic eye thermostat
calci sand

im worried this isnt ok for the geckos... also how can i see them without the red light it drives me mad!

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Old 13-07-2009, 05:05 PM
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Oh dear not right at all. How many geckos is that housing? Normally id go for 2ft for 1 gecko. As for heating you need a heat mat and a matstat, Bulbs are no good as leos need underbelly heat to digest food. Calsi sand is also a huge no no, as geckos eat it and it will cause impaction which leads to death. If i was you id remove sand and replace with kitchen roll/towels. Take out bulb and buy a heat mat that covers 1 third of your viv and a on/off thermostat (matstat, ministat). Also was you sold any vitamins? They need a bowl of calcium in their viv at all times, and livefood needs dusting with calcium 5 days a week and nutrobal (D3) 2 days a week. x


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Old 13-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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heat mats are much better. mine is in a glass tank with a heat pad.
the bigger the better i say, just as long as u can heat it properly. dont hav the heat pads bare in the enclosure as they can burn themselfs so on the uderside of tiles or the tank if ur using towel.
sand or any sort is bad, even wood chips arnt great! anything they could eat is a big NO! geckos are susptable to impaction. use paper towel or vinyl tyles. both cheep and easy to clean and replace.
put in pleanty of places to hide as well as a moist shed box to help with shedding.
where ever u got advise from was very wrong! lol

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Old 13-07-2009, 07:58 PM
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Heat bulbs are fine too if you use a flat (ish), large stone or two under the bulb. They'll heat up and the leo can sit on them to absorb the heat. I find a disadvantage of heat mats are that the cool side of the viv can get pretty cold as the mat doesn't heat the rest of the space well. That'll be less of a problem if the room it's in is heated (our flat gets pretty chilly).

You also asked how to see the leos at night without a red bulb. I know of products such as LEDs which will provide a blueish light for night viewing (like this Livefood UK Ltd.). I've not got first hand experience of them though, so can't say how good they are.
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Old 16-07-2009, 04:27 PM
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The blue lights, if u fancy them do come in handy if u want to view ur leas i have 3 adm. A glass viv was fine, and all other info bout calcium and vitamins is correct. Remember ur leo will never urinate, and will choose a certain spot in its viv to go to the loo!! Keep water bowl clean. if u want any mre info let me know!
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Old 16-07-2009, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Johnboi19 View Post
Remember ur leo will never urinate,
although most of the time a leo passes solid white urates it can if well hydrated pass liquid urine too
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