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    Did some routine maintenance yesterday
    • Picked up all urates
    • Swept loose substrate back into the humid holes
    • Added more humid mix to the humid holes
    • Piled in some fresh leaf litter under the cork bark


    Also been doing the following weekly:
    • Watering haworthia
      seemed as though they weren't doing well on bi-weekly
    • Giving the entire substrate surface and walls a good mist down
      Keeps it from getting dusty and helps stick pieces that have been knocked loose back to the surface.
      Also, the geckos seem to like it and occasionally lick drops off the walls/furniture.
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    Poor, undernourished gecko digging for his own super worms...

    Rachel Gratis ~ Leopard gecko hobbyist, animal aficionado

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    A few winter updates:

    • Blue death feigning beetles have completely disappeared. O_o I'm not going to dig through the enclosure to find them... I guess we'll see come spring if they hibernate or if they've just died off!
    • Springtails are back! lol I always think they have died off, but every so often, there's a little population explosion and they are there, jumping all over the place. Starting to think they are down in the sublayer all summer and pop out in the fall and spring?
    • I'm trying cooling the leopard geckos for the first time this winter. We'll see if they will brumate through to February... nice to give them a break.


    Coming up on the second year of these enclosures, and I think I'm going to have to do some reconstruction in some places. My plan is to remove the gecko to a traditional setup for a month or so this summer while I do some repair and rearranging of the substrate. In a few spots, I made the top crust too thin, and it's broken down. Learning lessons for when I do the new female setups... Anyway, having each gecko off bioactive for a period will also give me a chance to collect some fecal samples for routine parasite checks.
    Rachel Gratis ~ Leopard gecko hobbyist, animal aficionado

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    nice!

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    Hi, I've been taking care of my son's leopard gecko, Lola, since he's been away at college (August 2016). Lola is now in a 10 gallon fish tank and I want to upgrade her to an exo terra low profile medium sized tank (24"Lx18"Wx12"H) and I would also like to make this tank bioactive. I have access to bentonite clay and desert sand (from Terlingua TX). I'm wondering if this would be good to use as a substrate as it is from the chihuahuan desert? I would like to make her home as close to natural as possible. I will be her main caregiver for a few years and it seems easier to care for than the fish tank. My son appreciates me making this change and gives me permission to do whatever to make Lola happy and keep her as healthy as I can.
    I would also like to know about your thermometers, make and where you purchased them as well as the hides.

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    Sorry it took me so long to reply; been busy! I think both those substrates work fine, as long as you collect from an area you know isn't polluted by roadway runoff or other sources of waste/chemicals. Here's another nice article about substrates:
    Bio-Active Terraria Living Reptile Art

    I use digital hygrometer/thermometer combos with probes. I've tried a few different brands, but the Zoo Med and Exo Terra brands seem to last longer. The Vivarium Electronics TH-100 ones are nice and big, but they seem to eat through batteries something fierce.
    Thermometers, Thermostats, and Timers

    I've used a variety of hides, but here's a list of my favorites:
    * Zoo Med Repti Shelter (Medium)
    * Fluker's Castle Crib (Large)
    * Penn Plax Shale Step Ledge (both Small and Medium varieties)
    * Exo Terra Reptile Cave (Medium)
    Caves, Hiding Spots & Misc. Decor
    Rachel Gratis ~ Leopard gecko hobbyist, animal aficionado

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