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Old 05-03-2013, 10:39 PM
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Default Best place for stat prob when using play sand?

Hi people getting a Leo who is an adult and I'm deciding on what substrate to use! Lino,slate sand etc.... I do prefer the more natural look of sand but am confussed as to we're my stat prob should go? I'm thinking just sitting on top of the sand in the hide for best temp readings? And not under the sand? And how thick of a layer of sand is ideal? I'm aware of using sand can cause impact ion and people's quarms with using it lol...but I'm also aware and have read many people being successful using it.ive also heard play sand is the best as its a finer grain...if any one would be willing to point me in the right direction that would be greAt!!!! Thanks people....
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:27 PM
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When using sand in conjunction with heat mats its best not to have the sand to deep if the sand is to deep you can get thermal blocking and incorrect temperature readings.
Don't have the sand any deeper than 1" and bury your thermometer / thermostat probes slightly directly above the heat mat.
Try to secure them into position so your leopard gecko cant move them out of place.
If you want the substrate to be deeper then i would suggest using a bulb instead of a heat mat for providing heat.
Obviously you will need a fairly large vivarium when using a basking bulb so that you are still able to provide a thermal gradient and prevent over heating.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:30 AM
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dnt no much about leos but i have just got a crestie have a heatmat & thermostat at present and have just ordered a ceramic lamp & holder as heatmat only giving temps warm enough at mat sight, the other end is dropping to 18/19 have been reading cresties dnt need as much heat as leos so assuming as leos need more heat, mat prob not the best for u.

i ordered 40w creamic heat emitter and holder on amazon for £36

but as i said dnt no much and am no expert
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:50 AM
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Thank you to you both for your replays/help....much appreciated!!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:09 AM
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ur welcome xx
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