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    Question Under Tank Heater or Light?

    I am confused about the heating for a leopard gecko, would it be better to have an under tank heater or a bulb that keeps it warm? I have heard that they need belly heat? ALso I plan to have a 1 part wet sand, 7 part clay mix as substrate, will an Under Tank Heater be able to heat it?






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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    Both have their good qualities, and I know many people who use one or the other or both! I personally use both in all of our leo enclosures because we keep the house fairly cool and we can turn one or the other off when necessary

    The problem with heat pads is they don't warm the air very well, and if you ever have a chilly day you can definitely feel that the inside of the tank doesn't stay as warm. They stay low to the ground though, so if you have a warm house and a warm tank they can get the nice belly heat they need. The lamps will also heat the ground, giving them belly heat as well(naturally, like how the sun would heat the earth)


    It all depends on your situation I think. I personally lean more towards the lamps at the moment though I used to lean more toward under tank heaters, though whatever gets them the best temperature and works for the situation..


    Another plus for an under tank heater is that you don't have to turn it off at night, constant temperature and no messing with the 12 hour cycle
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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    i had a zoo med Under Tank Heater start smoldering on me last week. im done with Under Tank Heater. Like Purplemuffin said "The lamps will also heat the ground, giving them belly heat as well(naturally, like how the sun would heat the earth)", I'd go that route, my vet said the same as well.

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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Geo7809 View Post
    i had a zoo med Under Tank Heater start smoldering on me last week.
    Oh that is such a pain! We have human heating pads that we use, they are a lot more reliable though!
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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    I have had my Under Tank Heater for over a year and it is working just fine. You probably just got a defective one. All products that are made have the potential to be defective wether it's for humans or animals.
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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    I use both, I also use a red light because I can keep it on without seriously messing with the day/night issue. I use to only use the redlight but this winter has been very cold so I started using an undertank heater.

    It will most likely be put away when summer hits since our house even closed up with fans and such going can get into the 90's. Since I've had to shut off the heat lamp off in the summer on some days because Mindy was over heating. You know you desert nocturnal rep is over heating when their trying to sit in their water dish.

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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brennan View Post
    I am confused about the heating for a leopard gecko, would it be better to have an under tank heater or a bulb that keeps it warm? I have heard that they need belly heat? ALso I plan to have a 1 part wet sand, 7 part clay mix as substrate, will an Under Tank Heater be able to heat it?
    You can do both, or just one or the other. If you use a bulb only, place a piece of slate under the bulb, so it gets heated and provides belly heat. If your tank doesn't get warm enough with just an Under Tank Heater, then add a bulb to supplement the temps.

    I would NOT use any sand mixture. Not only is there an impaction risk that goes with any particle substrate, these guys re from a dry climate. Adding elevated humidity levels will cause respiratory infections.
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    Re: Under Tank Heater or Light?

    I should of explained my substrate idea better, I would be using wet sand to wet the clay so it would dry very hard. I wouldn't put the Leopard Gecko in till the clay was dry.

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