1st time Leo owner needs help!

kajaroscak

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First time reptile owners here...
We just got a leopard gecko. We have a 10 gallon under the tank heating pad. We also have a uvb light and a 50 watt basking bulb.
So a few questions:
Do we need the 50 watt bulb or is the UTH enough?
Also do we keep the UTH on 24 hours?
Here is our set up so far...going to make a humid hide tomorrow. The UTH is under the log.


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Neon Aurora

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UVB is not necessary for leopard geckos and can be dangerous. It would be best to remove it.

The UTH should be on 24 hours a day, but should be regulated by a thermostat or light dimmer. You also need either a digital thermometer with a probe or an infrared temperature gun to measure the floor surface temperature. Above the UTH, it should be 90 F. A light won't be necessary. Any extra heat light on a 10 gallon is going to make it too hot.

A humid hide is a must.

Are you dusting your feeders with calcium and vitamin supplements? Do you have a dish for calcium in the tank?
 

kajaroscak

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Thank you for the quick reply. We just got him today so no we have not done any vitamin supplements or calcium as of yet. Just was focused on getting a good set up with the heat and lights. Plan to make a trip to get a thing to regulate the UTH. So for tonight I just turned it off.

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kajaroscak

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I hear so much conflicting things about the uvb. We were told by 3 different pet stores it was needed. And so many conflicting things online as well about what lights and heat you need etc. Very confusing. That's why I am glad I found this forum to help guide us as we begin.

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Neon Aurora

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Honestly, pet stores so often have no idea what they're doing.

This forum is an excellent resource. =)

Leopard geckos are nocturnal, so they don't usually get much sunlight at all. Animals synthesize vitamin D from UV light. Instead of using UV light for leopard geckos, we just supplement vitamin D on their food. UV lights can cause burns and damage their sensitive eyes.
 

kajaroscak

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Thank you again! I will take back the uvb and get a supplement

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