It looks good, but there are a few things I would add/change.
Right now there's not much depth, especially at the top. It's more "2d" than "3d" if that makes sense. Adding some of those fake vines or something to fill out the space so the gecko has more usable space to explore in.
Also, you should really ditch the analog thermometer/hygrometer for a digital one. The analog ones are known for being wildly inaccurate and unreliable, the digital ones are much better and only.
Also, when you say "geckos coming Tuesday" do you mean singular or more than one? Crested geckos can never live together, no matter age or gender.
It can be hard to tell when theyre dehydrated, or just being wrinkly boys. I'd like to hear someone else opinion on it, but she does look dehydrated to my uneducated eye.
The temps are a tad on the high side, you want to stick to 72-75f as much as possible, although as long as its not getting over 80f it's probably not an issue. Are you using a thermostat to control the heater? With any heating device for reptiles, you absolutely *need to have them hooked up to thermostats like this to ensure your not overheating or burning your animals.
Also, just a word of advice, you really should ditch the red heat lamp.
Red (and to some extent the blue/purple) "nighttime" heat lamps are actually pretty harmful to reptiles. In a nutshell, they can still absolutely see the light as light, so it disturbs their day/night cycle. They need absolute darkness at night. Their eyes also wont react to red light properly, giving it the possibility of burning their eyes out.
You should switch it to a ceramic heat emitter, or deep heat projector. Both of which emit zero light, which is necessary for all reptiles at night.
The gauges are very inaccurate and practically useless, lame they they still include them with tanks or sell them. Get this:
Can check it on your phone and lots of other neat features for something so cheap!
I'm in Canada and I was able to get a two pack off amazon, it looked different in the Amazon picture but was still black and yellow when I got it. I wish it looked like the amazon picture cause it's nicer but oh well my gecko loves them.
I found these on Amazon and personally will never be buying the regular ones again. I know they’re a lil pricey but I mean just in one year if you’re using the regular ones and put a fresh one out weekly for food and water, that’s at the very least 104 lil pieces of plastic on one gecko. They’re the same size and fit in all standard feeding ledges
I've never actually seen mine eat but I noticed my gecko eats a lot better after getting a magnetic ledge to hold the food up higher. When there small like that you usually don't even notice they eat anything (you can usually tell by little lick marks on the food) . However you don't want her to get used to hand feeding otherwise she won't eat by herself and then you have to hand feed her. Maybe get different types of pangea or repashy mixes and see if that helps her eat because she might just not like the food that much. Either way I think you should get her a ledge.
I got mine this from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z7PIYHY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_kXr0BbE7MSDW1
I recommend mosquito bits! First learned about them over on /r/isopods. Safe for use with them (crustaceans) and tried them in my bioactive dubia cockroach and morio beetle tank--no problems! They're basically just corn granules coated with a bacteria strain (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensi) which kills the larval form of mosquitos and fungus gnats.
It seems to be most effective if you sprinkle some granules in water, let them soak a bit for the bacteria to become free-floating, then water all substrate with that until all larvae and adults and eggs have died. It seems to only kill in the larvae stage, so you do have to continue to dose for a bit, but it seemed pretty effective for me.
I've also had great luck with apple cider vinegar traps (literally just apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap--breaks surface tension better--in a container, they drown trying to get to it) if you can find a way to plop that in gecko-proofed. Some people put a rubber banded bit of cellophane with holes in it to catch more flies, might keep curious geckos out.
I got it from Amazon, so I probably overpaid for it honestly but it works so well so far! That being said, I've only had it for a week so I can't speak to the durability, but one reason I got this one is because it came with replacement parts. It's this one!
I prefer the ones that are held up with magnets as they're much less likely to fall.
I have one similar to this:
Inkbird Humidity Controller IHC200 Humidistat Mushroom Greenhouse Pre Wired Outlet Dual Stage Humidifier Dehumidifier(New Version) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XGQ7Q53/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_axAe65XuZp8RI
For the Mister I use the EXO Terra monsoon solo and it’s set to cycle on every two hours and it sprays for eight seconds.
Honeywell HUL520W Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NWA7GWA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4G71WHW36EYMEQBY5NAP I have this one, I use a pvc pipe and just made the hole in the humidifier larger and stuck it in at the right angle and just taped the pipe to the humidifier to seal it more
You can buy a real repti fogger but I don’t think you can change the amount of fog, it’s more expensive and it holds less water
Just make sure no matter what option you go with, have it hooked up to a thermostat like this one so you won't risk overheating/burning your little guy
I got them myself from amazon in Canada, but I found a link to US amazon for you. If you're elsewhere try searching flukers bamboo bars. the picture looks nicer on amazon but they were still black and yellow when they arrived.
My crested geckos sleep almost every day in these:
it provides some climbing, but if those are taped together than you don’t want them in their. tape can seriously harm reptiles. these are an inexpensive climbing option that may work for your enclosure! a couple more plants would be great too for some more cover.
i also don’t see a digital thermometer + hygrometer or a feeding dish/ledge.
I bought mine from amazon, you can set the temperature you want it to keep the viv at and you can set a variant. For example if you want it to be at 25° you would set the difference to be 0.5° so it will reach 25, turn off and when it drops to 24.5 it will turn back on.
Here’s the link to the thermostat I bought :) thermostat
This was the one I got from Amazon, but I live in Canada. Perhaps there are better options where you live. Just make sure you look at the reviews.
Coospider Reptile Fogger... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07VVNP7F3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
My biggest complaint with this is there is just 1 on/off switch and no timer, so a smart plug is a must! Lmk if you have more questions about this particular fogger :)
i personally use this gauge.
i think the vines would be a great addition! you really can’t have too much in there, the more cover, the safer they feel :)
https://www.amazon.com/EONMIR-Reptile-Flexible-Climbing-Chameleon/dp/B07MNKHSLL/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=gecko%2Bvines&qid=1604950655&sr=8-6&th=1&psc=1 Make sure you select the thick ones or the clasps will be smaller.
This is the one I specifically use ( amazon ).
It does give off a pink tint because they're plant lights but my plants LOVE them. And I have it about three feet from the cage because I have it for other plants that I keep next to my setup. So I guess it's not directly on the gecko. Plus the fact that it's pink makes it less harsh on the eyes.
I also have this one and it also works great. Much smaller and gives off a white light so guests don't think it looks funny compared to the pink.
It's all up to you. They both have pros and cons and both work well.
Def one of these glass scraping knives. Cut away as much as you can with a steak knife (wear a mask, do not breath in the scraps) then gently scrape away at the glass with this knife. Clean the glass off with some isopropyl alcohol
Flexible Bend-A-Branch Jungle Vines Plastic Terrarium Plant Leaves Pet Habitat Decor for Lizard,Frogs, Snakes and More Reptiles(Pack of 3) (Reptile Vines) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078W3441Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sg3dCb5X3K1GZ
This right here. I tried to order more below since I didn't need more green vines, pictured below
Flexible Bend-A-Branch Jungle Vines Pet Habitat Decor for Lizard ,Frogs, Snakes and More Reptiles (Thin) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0747BXK7M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_.h3dCbQTT08JS
And noticed that the ones that arrived were already torn and not put together well (plastic and wire showing through). Upon further investigation I saw the one I've had for a month are starting to show wear too. There is another on Amazon but I'm afraid to order another. 😭 It sucks cause these vines are gorgeous!
A humidifier is usually worth it if you feel like spending enough money on one. They are usually better for quality of life as they require only intermittent refilling. If you want to buy one I wouldn't buy the repti rain. Its tank will only last a few days and it only powers about two nozzles effectively. I use this one ( https://www.amazon.com/REPTI-ZOO-Terrariums-Humidifier-Rainforest/dp/B07PRS6YCC.) Its reservoir lasts for more then a month and it is much easier to fill up.
I absolutely love the Fluker's bendable vines. They're relatively inexpensive and you can do so much with them. I like to use cork bark too if you can find it for cheap somewhere in your area. I would love to tell you I'm some master at creating beautiful vivs but I really just kinda throw some stuff together and my crestie seems to like it lol.
Just get a humidifier like you would for your house. You don’t need to run it all the time, or at least I don’t. I run it later in the day and throughout the night to simulate their environment as they need it drier during the day and up to 100% at night. Pretty sure you can find em for like $25-30 at Walmart or on amazonthis is the one I use but there’s a bunch of lower priced ones. Just set it next to the gecks tank and you should be just fine. If you don’t wanna buy that, then I’d just mist 2 times a day, once at morning once at night, and again you should be fine if you’re using substrate it should hold humidity pretty well.
Amazon sells them! And you can get them in a bundle with other climbing toys and ladders! I will find you a link! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PO3AEC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_zrifFbYR2ANWR
This is something similar but it comes with a ladder!
im not sure where you live but if you're able to get some small or medium dubia roaches and leave them in a plastic cup feeding ledge or something like I got from Amazon Ali Cross https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078FXY98P?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share you can leave them in the tank overnight without worrying about them biting your gecko! You could probably also keep crickets in there if you remove their back legs as gruesome as it sounds lol they wouldn't be able to climb the smooth plastic.
It’s off of amazon and you’re correct about it going white to blue then off. I make planted aquariums as well and they did really well for those plants. Thought they would do well for my vivarium. Here’s the link if you’re interested! NICREW
I'd get these instead. Dirt cheap and good quality. I like them a lot, they look great in my tank and my gecko loves them
Here’s the links to download and try it out! I would love some feedback!
Some of the features:
check this out!
i got the tray from amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Redefined-Rectangle-Decorative-Occasions/dp/B08CD6CD28/
the tray is useful because now he wont pee on my bed, but rather on the tray where its easily cleaned! but for the thing in the background its a Littlest Pet Shop building XD
I would recommend leaving the food in his tank, and replacing every 24 hours. Using a foodscale to keep track of his weight to ensure he is gaining weight and not losing is also important.
Overtime he'll put on weight from eating the powdered mix. The previouse owner could've been underfeeding which may have resulted in the lack of weight. It'll take some time, but eventually you'll notice weight gain :)
You can also get a meal worm dish
Set this up in his tank and offer mealworms dusted slightly with some calcium powder. These dishes have edges that keep the mealworms from climbing out. Keeping these in his tank to offer as food can encourage him to eat live food. He's most likely fearful of live food currently, desensitization may help.
I'm not a professional, this is just what I would do based on my experiences.
Not sure if this is exactly the same piece, but basically this
Thanks for the help! I'll definitely keep that in mind about the humidity. I hope he's not stuck too :. He's like, up inside the highest part of the tree that he could possibly go..
I make several days’ worth by mixing and serving from this squeeze bottle. I think the size is perfect if you still want to make fresh food every 5 days for a juvenile gecko. Some other bottles were too big and I felt like I was wasting food.
It’s this one. I tried a couple of other options, but found their night vision quality and playback usability to be lacking. This one has been great! You do need a micro sd for recording overnight though.
Seconding this, pink insulation foam is my favorite foam to work with because the texture is so smooth and consistent 🎉
I also like to use a surform shaver like this to smooth down or blend certain areas.
This is what he has reluctantly eat once every other week just to not die of starvation. It contains no fruit or fruit smell at all and has not a healthy choice at all! This other new Zoo Med is not possible or easy to get hold of and get where I live due to all new import restrictions! So I need to find a solution that is available!
No, they don’t have to have live insects. Get your little guy a complete food like pangea gecko diet. I get mine the kind with insects in the food.You can supplement with mushy fruit but as long as your feeding a complete gecko food you’ll be good. Have fun.
I use this it works really well for removing poop and water stains from the glass. If you can’t get this a vinegar and water mixture works good too! I also like the flyovers super scrub for cleaning decorations because it works like a soap and has a brush included on the top so you can just scrub with the bottle and you don’t even have to have a separate brush or sponge. For fake plants I like to fill a big Rubbermaid tub with water and super scrub or vinegar and let the plants soak before I give them each a scrub
You can look into a low watt ceramic heat emitter, suspended a few inches above the screen top. They emit heat without light. This is the bulb I use, along with the matching nano dome (ceramic heat emitters need to be used in heat proof domes only):
This is the lowest wattage available iirc, it creates a warm pocket in my tank sufficient enough for nights in the low 60s. I would not buy any higher wattage, since those are made for reptiles who like 100 degree temperatures, and crested geckos cannot be kept in temperatures above 82 or so. An in-cage thermostat in combination can also simplify the schedule.
You can get some suction cups with plastic hooks (not metal as they can rust and catch toes) at a craft store or Amazon - and work/wrap natural vines around them to keep them high up in the tank. See link below for example
I am not sure they even make a suction cup like that. I would probably get one or two like these, with a post and then cut a keyhole for it to slot into in the container.
Also, I guess I’m assuming you mean a plastic milk container and not a coated paper one; the paper is unlikely to do well in the humid environment of a terrarium. I know plastic milk jugs are popular for crafts. Regardless of whether you plan to use a plastic or paper carton, I would suggest not using one that’s had dairy products in it. They can harbor bacteria and smells even when cleaned and sanitized; most of them have warnings about reusing them on the labels.
Lyfreen Dual Reptile Lamp Stand Adjustable 15-36.2" Expandable Floor Light Holder with Hooks for Varied Reptile Glass Terrarium, Metal Heat Lamp Stand Bracket for Turtles Snakes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096KBM9LR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_DC9EYA8M86KDDSMY514K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I just bought this lamp stand and it works great! You can adjust it to any height you want, and it fits my 18x18x24. I wish it was a bit taller, but my lamps aren’t resting on the top of the tank anymore, so I’m happy.
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Get a thermostat for your light. Here’s a good one to get you started. BN-LINK Digital Heat Mat Thermostat Controller for Seed Germination, Reptiles and Brewing Breeding Incubation Greenhouse, 40-108°F, 8.3A 1000W ETL Listed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I15S6OM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_NSFRQBHD0QTPW0E4KP9K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Sorry if it’s too late but someone commented an Amazon link and I bought this bottle
I personally use Exo-Terra’s Deep forest LED light (https://www.exoticwings.ca/products/exo-terra-deep-forest-led-4500k) for my plants and I’ve been absolutely satisfied with the result. If you want to put the same one inside of your tank (plus it’s corresponding lamp) or try Exo-Terra’s Terrasky LED light (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B096WDKW8L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_1D59NBW2C3KWZ6HJ2TDV), you’ll have to build some form on protection around them to avoid your Cresties touching them.
I looked at the Thrive enclosure and the top seems fine to me though, have you tried shining a normal light into it to test if it goes through?
I use this ceramic heat emitter:
zoomed ceramic heat emitter
With this dome fixture (you cannot use a ceramic heater with a regular light socket):
zoomed nano dome
Depending on how cold it gets, you might have to buy the 40w ceramic heat bulb instead— I chose 25w because my room doesn’t get any colder than the mid 60s. Keep in mind that even with the dome, you’ll have to suspend the light several inches above the tank so it doesn’t superheat the mesh top. Try out the heater ahead of time with a thermometer underneath to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. You could also combine these with an in-tank thermostat, if needed.
Hello! Crested geckos are best suited with 2.0 and 5.0 fluorescent UVB bulbs with a UVA of 0 to 1. I suggest you use these following bulbs;
•2.0 bulb : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00101JIA6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_8KPKJB1RQSXT0GA56SBB
**This bulb should be placed 5-6 inches away from your enclosure.
•5.0 bulb : https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00A8RI8TK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_14NRDB63R35SC8JQ08RV?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
**This bulb should be placed 8 or 10 inches away from your enclosure.
Crested geckos can only have a maximum of 6 hours of UVB per day, so you can do a 9-15 cycle or a 10-16 cycle.
So these are not made for reptile tanks but i have them in all three of my crested vivs and theyve held up well. I have them stuck to the side of the tanks with a piece of double sided gorilla tape. You can get them in packs of 6 for hot/cool areas too.
Mini Hygrometer Thermometer 2PCS Mini Digital Humidity Gauge, AikTryee Hygrometer Indoor Humidity Monitor, Temperature Humidity Gauge Meter for Humidors, Greenhouse, Garden, Cellar, Closet, Etc https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QMZL448/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_9VXJWQ35J7V4FKS2X7MH
I’ve used this one for about 2 years
PETSPIONEER Reptile Humidifier Digital Timing Fog Machine with Double Hose & 4 Liter Reservoir, Automatic Terrarium Fogger for Reptiles/Amphibians/Herps/Vivarium https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07V39ZYJB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TXH11ZZWA5QDJ89PZ9AK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I love this one!! I use it in all four of my cresties tanks. They are fabulous! And battery operated so I don’t have to worry about any cords or unnecessary parts. I did buy a pack of small suction cups so I could suction it to the side of the tank, but it does have a little kickstand if you’d rather use it that way!
What fruit do you place around. My guy thinks the floor is lava but my beautiful dairy cows could use some extra fruit now and again. I like to scrape the dried repashy mix from the night before/2 nights ago out of the container and place were I know the isopods and spring tails like to come to the surface every so often.
I got a fan off Amazon that decent when I need it a little more dry. It’s kind of quiet. I mostly had it on when my Rowan was asleep and then turned it off a bit before he would wake up.
REPTI ZOO Reptile Dehumidifier Glass Terrarium Air Purifier Fan Amphibian Strong Magnetic Mounting Ventilation Fan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XH22397/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_J603KW1GGNRT2D2PFS4N
The thermometers you have are good and accurate but I tend to find mine hard to read in most conditions.
I ended up going with these
Depends on what tank you have, with an exo-terra you can install it on the middle bar on top of the mesh (depending on the model). Otherwise, you can install a light bracket (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B007D1BUJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_4S33ZRQ3GZGT1E2SC44H?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1) or create one and clip it on.
I found a combination of a stand, thermostat and 50W Ceramic heat emitter on amazon (Canada) for about 60 CAD$ (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B094YH4T4T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_PW453TB8CASSYTCSB5ZW). Might be worth to look at it or to see if any ressemble it in your own country!
Of course, the wattage of the bulb depends on the size of your terrarium. A 50 watts would do great in a 12 x 12 x 18 or 18 x 18 x 24, but would probably lack in anything bigger.
I've got one of these, seems to work well: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Komodo-Combined-Digital-Thermometer-Hygrometer/dp/B006PEASWA#
Measures humidity and temp and beeps when either get too low or high (tells you at the side whether it's low or high).
terrarium I would recommend getting a different bean though. This one isn’t very sturdy and I would not purchase it again
Thats odd ive used repashies for a period of time with mine and had no issues plus they are one of the main brands of powdered herp food. That makes me think this is probably just him choosing not to straighten his tail for whatever reason.
I would just keep an eye on him since this looks very mild if present at all especially if you seen some of the disasterous cases online (wouldnt look if you are squeamish.)
Anyways here is the light I use which is thankfully very cheap you can use 2.0 ,but no real reason to in this case, just dont use 10.0 wavelength cause that will likely be too strong and make him uncomfortable. The bulb is thirteen watts and will likely work in any common fixture that can fit it. Youll probably find it in a petstore and certainly in a reptile shop.
That’s likely not enough protein. The insect blends have the appropriate amount of protein if you’re not feeding live crickets, worms, etc.
I’d suggest getting a couple other flavors to try. My crestie isn’t big on the fig. But really loves the “with insects” blend.
I’d mix that with their growth and breeding formula. It really helped mine get her full weight on as she was a slow grower.
That’s my head! :) And I can do one better. Here’s the link for it. I get it on Amazon. It’s my favorite vine. It’s SO LONG. I can cut it down and it’s still long enough for two tanks. If you do cut it down, just make sure to pinch the ends over so no wire is exposed!
Update: I used the leftover felt to make eyelashes and the totally stayed on. Not pictured is a t-shirt under the sweatshirt that I got on Amazon that says, "This is my human costume. (I'm really a gecko). 😆
Link for anyone interested in the shirt:
Gecko Easy Halloween Human Costume Lizard Pet DIY Gift T-Shirt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XHMKTP3/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_W88BTKN2SK57C6B5SEN5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I believe this is the exact one I bought
Assuming this is an Exo-Terra, you can buy the light canopy + two 23w plant growth CFL bulbs as a set, here:
It should be more than enough for your plants.
As for the heat source, you’ll probably want to look for a separate low watt ceramic heater:
Zoo Med Labs 25W Nano Ceramic Heat Emitter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KVC3I6Y/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_E9CHMVVR8JFBRYF1N469
I haven’t personally used this but have seen people use them a lot with their tree frogs I think it would work the same.
I use the Wyze cam V3! It’s actually pretty good! You can get an SD Card for it so it can continuously record and the year subscription is $19.99. Definitely recommend!!
WYZE Cam v3 with Color Night Vision, Wired 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Video Camera, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R59YH7W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_E7Y9QYE828DZTX60WZK4
Cresties are very sensitive to heat, temps at or over 80f can be lethal, even if its only for a couple hours. No matter what heating option you use you must use a thermostat that controls the heater so it won't overheat or burn them.
As far as the actual heat source, deep heat projectors and ceramic heat emitters and the best option imo. Cresties, like most reptiles need absolute darkness at night so heating lamps (even the coloured "night" lamps still disturb their sleeping schedule) aren't the best choice, and heating pads really only heat the surface they're on so you either end up with them only heating up the glass they're stuck to and not changing the temp of the tank much, or overheating the glass to the point it could burn your gecko to be able to make a difference to the temp in the rest of the tank.
I have the same problem happened to me, my tank is a 20 gallon fish tank set horizontally with conversion door from I heart gecko. Their product is great but unfortunately not enough ventilation, I live in the south so my city is also always humid. I used to only mist every another day, just keep a reachable water dish but the tank would be 80% almost all the time so I know exactly what you feel🤦♀️
Here’s something that helped me so maybe it would help you too: I ended up purchased a mini fan from Amazon that I use a piece of magnet hold against the ventilation holes on top of the tank, set the breeze level to low, and let it run couple hrs every morning, it tooks around 2-3 hrs to get the humidity from high 80% to drop to mid 50%, then I turn off the fan and resume misting at night. It worked really well for me and the fan is quiet enough that my boy dosent seems bothered by it just slept thru the whole process☺️
You need to get a thermostat which automatically turns on/off the heater to maintain a set temperature
So... I like to bake and have some decent tools, including a 1/16 teaspoon measuring spoon. When our heck was only 3 grams we used that spoon for Pangea. We delivered it in these - they are great little dishes for baby cresties.☺️
It was still hard to tell if our guy had eaten, but that's why we kept him with fake plants and paper towel liner, in a smallish ventilated tub (turned upright for climbing). This setup was easy to find his waste in, proving that he was eating, and easy to clean.
When he'd doubled his weight he moved into a small live terrarium, where we put food in two places to be sure he'd find it . Went into the big tank, still using two food dishes, before getting to 20 grams. This was 4 years ago and our geck still doesn't always clean his dishes.🤣
Yes although I would get a different hydrometer and thermostat, linked here > Hydrometer and Thermostat
1: ditch that zoo med food! In the second picture, a packet of that awful zoo med gecko diet is visiable on top of the tank. I would strongly recommend switching to either pangea or repashy crested gecko diet, as both brands contain all of the vitamins and nutrients your gecko needs, while the zoo med food does not.
2: I have that exact same tank, and a bit of an obvious warning: the unscrewable plastic vent in the lid can easily melt, so don't put your heat light directly over it or else it will fuse with the lid.
3: your tank looks great so far! I would recommend getting more branches and vines for the gecko to climb on. You can easily collect branches outside and bake them, or leave them in the sun for a few days (if you live in a hot, dry climate) and stick them in your gecko's tank. Or, you could purchase pre-baked branches online. You could also add some vines for the gecko too; this particular tank should have come with a vine included. If you want, you could add a nice thick piece of stainless steel wire inside to be able to bend the vine into a better position (just make sure to cover up the sharp edges with hot glue/silicone before letting your gecko crawl on it).
They all would actually use the same thing to control the temperature called a thermostat like this
To use it, you wourd put the sensor probe as close to the heatsorce as you can, then plug the thermostat into the wall and choose the temperature you want it to maintain, and finally plug the heating device into the thermostat.
I use this one link and it has worked well for me for several months now if that helps!
I recommend buying these they are pretty massive for the price and they are great to cover blank spaces!! PINVNBY Reptile Plants Hanging Fake Vines Boston Climbing Terrarium Plant with Suction Cup for Bearded Dragons Lizards Geckos Snake Pets Hermit Crab and Tank Habitat Decorations https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088PF6RRB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_G1E2FAXP10H4PE88TBDR
WACOOL Mini Misting System Automatic Starter Mister with 2pcs Nozzles, Adjustable Timing Water Sprayer for Reptile Amphibian Plant Terrarium Tank https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TZV31LH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_A0HXXFDGE6YJKN6X9KJW
Goabroa Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital Indoor Humidity Gauge Monitor with Temperature Meter Sensor Fahrenheit (℉) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M351NHZ2XY619YB1ZSE7 this is the one I use it’s $4 it works very well just make sure not to spray the inside of it when you mist the tank.
SLSON Gecko Feeder Ledge Acrylic Improved Suction Cup Reptile Feeder with 20 Pack 1 oz Plastic Bowls for Reptiles Food and Water Feeding,Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NXDWJGL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_AyIsKfLDWL83i
once you can id def reccoment getting a taller enclosure! till then you should add more branches to climb up, i use these for my crestie! they hold their shape very well :)) hope this helps!
Exactly what the other person said.
You really can’t have “to much”.
Currently your setup looks great, a lot of hiding space for them.
I think those suction cup plants you have on the sides are super under rated and can fill up the glass space.
If there’s anything you could add, I’d get 2 more suction cup plants for the front (sides)
^^^ I find theses ones get used more in my enclosures over the ones you have (I also have the ones you have) but I’m sure it’s just personal preference from each gecko!
Regardless it looks good!
It is removable :) They are boxwood squares from Michael’s. The back is a plastic grid that is hanging from suction cup hooks.
Zoo Med Nano Dome Lamp Fixture,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KBDCZ3A?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
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I have it set on top of the tank on a stand. I can adjust it to different areas if needed so I can have a warm area and the other side is cooler
they are all pretty much the same, and super cheap 25 or 40w would probably be best fitted for you. They come painted in both white or black, but the colour dosnt make a difference. They will not emit any light so they are safe to use at night
Just make sure that it's hooked up to a thermostat, like this one to make sure it dosnt overheat or burn your little guy.
I use this one because I keep it pretty cool in the house. I set the thermostat at 75 and let it do its thing. I do notice that he seems to grow faster that the cresties who are not heated.
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This one is a steal for its size. Though I can’t vouch for the product. Looking through the reviews a lot of people are saying it isn’t very sturdy. Also self-assembly.
I just found this Zoomed Repti Heat Cable seems like that would work. In comes in 15w, 25w, 50w, and 100w. I was thinking the lower wattage the better.
Aww thank you!! It’s a 20 gallon Long tank (which I found are SO much cheaper than big tanks specifically made for reptiles). Ihearthgeckos conversion kit (it’s a door for the tank- couldnt reccomend enough). I used another company to order all the cork wood/plant/ and building pieces which I totally reccomend buying kits when you can. Biggest regret: not being patient and doing more research. Really research how you’re going to stick everything in/ plan it out AND let your plants fully acclimate before putting crestie in. My chunker tore all but one of the baby plants to shreds lol. Oh and sticky hooks to hang the coconut/ other things: link to the ones I bought
i used a 60 w lightbulb led but you have to pay attention since it can get hot fast. now i use a smart light where i can dim from my phone if it gets to hot. At night i use a 40 w nano light (won’t let me link for some reason) smart light
72-75f is perfect, but I would really urge you to use something like a ceramic heat emitter with a thermostat to heat your enclosure, or switch to something like an oil filled electric radiator to heat your room.
The ceramic heat emitter will be way more efficent since its only heating the tiny enclosure and not the whole room, and the thermostat will ensure it will always be at the correct temperature.
If you do want to heat your entire room, I'd still highly recommend you use an oil filled radiator. They're far more efficient than space heaters, and also aren't nearly the same fire risk.
Staying fired up is not a problem. Some cresties do it more than others, but its really not of any significant health wise. If hes doing it more recently it could just mean he's freshly shed, or just the change in season.
I would recommend you get some sort of heating device for during the night. getting down to the 60s is really low, and is probably why he's not growing much. 72-75 is the optimal temperature, a night time drop is not needed. You will need something that doesn't produce any light, and to have a thermostat hooked up to ensure it doesn't overheat or burn him. A 40w ceramic heat emitter or deep heat projector are two good choices for something that emits heat but no light, and something like this is a good choice for an affordable thermostat
SLSON Reptile Plants for Terrarium Plastic Decor Plants with Suction Cup for Habitat Silk Reptile Leaves for Crested Gecko Bearded Dragons, 16 inches, Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086JKJCD1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_hOraGbNW18DKQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Hm, how cold does the room get? If it's only a little too cold then I'd recommend getting something like a 25w ceramic heat emitter to replace the heat lamp with. They're really useful because they don't emit any light so they can be kept on at night without disturbing their day night cycle, and are pretty cheap and last forever. If it's really cold then maybe a 45w ceramic heat emitter.
But whatever you end up getting, you should hook it up to a thermostat like this one so you don't have to worry about it overheating.
With this you just put the probe in the tank near the heated area, plug the thermostat into the wall, then plug the heater into the thermostat. You set a temperature (problem around 78-80f as that's the absolute hottest you wourd want it to get), then the thermostat turns the heater on and off to maintain that temperature. IIRC that specific one waits to get 3 degrees colder than the set temperature to turn back on so its keeps a pretty constant temperature.
Don't freak out, it's a gecko and it will survive just fine if you just help it out. Can you get a critter box? Then just add some Pangea food (or Repashy) and a bowl of water + some vines or toilet paper rolls in, it will be fine until you get a proper terrarium or finds it a new home. https://www.amazon.com/Lees-Kritter-Keeper-Rectangle-Colors/dp/B0002APZOO
Would this be an ok bulb? It seems to provide heat while also keeping the day/night cycle intact. Also, thank you for your help all of you have done more for me than any PetSmart employee lol.
I got it on amazon. It does look great but if its a crested gecko you have i wouldnt recomend it. The cave hide has only one hole so he hasn't entered it once. I even tried removing the top and putting some leaves as to create more exit points but still nothing. Here it is incase you're still interested. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006L10PC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_fhG2Fb3GXC0ZP
I like these as they dont make any light so they wont disturb your crestie. Can also get lower wattage ones for lower heat. I use one and i think its 75 watt. But you have a few options :)