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Old 02-01-2013, 01:33 PM
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you have been given good advice,

although i find it hard that teh vet you work for hanst told you the difference between Ca and D3 and its life saving interactions.

anyway please feel free to have a read of this link http://www.arcadia-reptile.com/wp-co...PRK_June12.pdf

it should answer all your questions, if not please feel free to drop me a line.

good luck

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:59 PM
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Ok, so, the fact I have a UVA light in there, does nothing?? I need UVB? Is that right?

soo the light on the stat remains on, except when I turn it to 24 or 22 or whatever it is that day. So I am assuming that it does that to say it is at the right temp (i.e. when the desired temp is reached the light turns off) I try to whack it up, but the light constantly stays on, which to me, says it's not reaching the right temp? What do you think? It is a dail that I am turning to measure it, and I have the sensor on the floor of the vivarium, I have it right next to the side of the slate pieces I have in there.

Another point, since I have had her, she has already shed (within a few days of getting her into the vivarium) I don't think she used the moss box for it, so...do I even need one?

Also how often do they shed?

Sorry for all the questions but am really appreciateing your help. x

PLANTYBLK - I have just looked at the red runners! Yes their much smaller. But no! thier still roaches, I simply cannot do it. lol, thanks so much anyways tho x
Just so you know the temperatures on the thermostat are a guide only, so although you may be setting it to 24*C on that dial, the actual heat being given off could be anything. You need to get yourself a digital thermometer, can get them at your local petshop or on ebay, this will give you a much more accurate reading when you put the probe on the warm area. Don't bother with the round dial ones, they're cheap because they don't work. I assume you're using a mat stat, so the light will be on while it's heating, it will switch off (and the mat off) when it reaches the desired temperature, then back on again when the temperature goes too low.
For now put your hand on the warm area, if it feels quite warm or hot, it's probably easily reaching the temperature the gecko needs, if not a bit too much.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:34 PM
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Just so you know the temperatures on the thermostat are a guide only, so although you may be setting it to 24*C on that dial, the actual heat being given off could be anything. You need to get yourself a digital thermometer, can get them at your local petshop or on ebay, this will give you a much more accurate reading when you put the probe on the warm area. Don't bother with the round dial ones, they're cheap because they don't work. I assume you're using a mat stat, so the light will be on while it's heating, it will switch off (and the mat off) when it reaches the desired temperature, then back on again when the temperature goes too low.
For now put your hand on the warm area, if it feels quite warm or hot, it's probably easily reaching the temperature the gecko needs, if not a bit too much.
But i'm confused, becuase my thermostat has a probe on it (which I have positioned near the floor, near to the heat mat, sooo are you saying this could still be reading the temperature incorrectly?

I have more questions, but they depend on the answer to this question

ArcadiaJohn - Vets here don't get alot of training with regards to exotics, they knowledge is all cats, dogs and bunnies. They can choose to study further in exotics but only a few do. I have a few exotic vets I can consult, however my own vet addmitted she didn't know alot about gecko's, and asked me to seek further advice. I shall look at your article now
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:52 PM
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Becky89 is right, thermostat dials are not accurate ways of measuring the temperature. Their function is really to just keep temperatures stable to prevent over/under heating. Which is why you need an accurate, digital thermometer to work alongside the thermostat. This will give you a much more accurate idea of your temperatures, then you adjust the thermostat accordingly.

I'm sure there are a few exotic vets around London, in the general herp section, on the stickies I think there's a couple of threads with a list of vets on
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:08 PM
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Ok, so would u all agree it is worth me gettin a digital thermometer first to check the temp accurately before I go changing everything around?? x
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:49 PM
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Ok, so would u all agree it is worth me gettin a digital thermometer first to check the temp accurately before I go changing everything around?? x
Definitely. The thermostats have their own probe which you place which tells the thermostat if the temps are too low/high/just right depending on where the dial has been set, which is where you'll notice the lights flickering on/off. The digital thermometer has a probe to be placed by the stat's probe, and is needed to tell you what the temperature actually is, as the thermostats don't give you a reading. To be fair there's not a lot of point there being temp guides on stats, because they don't tell you anything you need to know
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:06 AM
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Ok, first step I shall do that then, and then I shall post back here and let you all know xx Thanks so much for everyones help, really appreciate it x
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:43 AM
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Everyone is giving you good advice. But just to make things as clear as possible: You need a thermostat (which you already have) with the probe placed on the surface of the substrate over the heatmat. You also need a decent (digital) thermometer, also with the probe placed on the substrate over the heatmat. You then adjust the thermostat until your thermometer tells you that the temperature of the substrate is 90-94F (30-33C). The ambient air temperature in the viv can be room temperature. Heatmats don't heat the air in the viv. If you have placed your thermometer on the viv wall it will be reading low. The place for the thermometer with Leos is on the substrate at the warm side of the viv.
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