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    Day and Night Temperature

    How important is it to provide different day and night time temperatures for a leopard gecko ? And and tips/advice on making this happen. (excluding the obvious of turning off the heat lamp for those that use one)






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    Re: Day and Night Temperature

    All I can mention is what I have on my swift tank. But the mechanics will be the same no matter the type of enclosure.

    Let start with the equipment I have currently, 1 under tank heater that is under powered* for the enclosure, 1 Day light bulb, 1 UVB bulb, one a timer, and 2 black lights. The wattage at this point is not an issue because that will change due to tank style and spieces. So my tank is a 40 breeder style with slide out screen top. I need a higher humidity so I have a thin acrylic sheet covering 70% of the screen.
    So what I end up with is the daylight bulbs and heat pushing up to your max ambient day temps. While the black lights serve to keep the enclosure from dipping to low by themselves at night. This would have to be a ceramic emmiter as the gekkos have a light sensitive 3rd eye on top of the head if I remember correctly (something shared by my swifts if I recall but have not been able to prove yet..).

    Now with my tank set up all these lights and heater on boose the inside temp to 87F, with the daylight and UVB bulbs off the temp drops to 78. Now that will change also when my room temp changes so I have to make adjustments in wattage to ensure I do not over heat my lizards. Last week the room temps avg 68F, however summer happens fast here and the nights have not been as cold so I have torned off one of the black lights. So far my temps have remained stable and I'm a happy camper.

    Leopard gek's need a slightly different atmosphere tham emerald swifts and you need to adjust the wattage of your bulbs to get the range you want.

    (*) All the bulbs/heaters I am using are underpowered for a reason. If any one of these should fail, be it to hot or fail to work all together, they will not cook the tank. This is an old trick I learned durring my time with aquariums. Having a max powered heater fail in the ON possition will cook the tank... So all my bulbs and heaters working to gether will slowly raise and drop temps instead of having one light controling all the temp regulation.



    And as always, this is how I do mine, there is no ONE way to get most systems going. What is important to remember is the mechanics of what needs to happen and finding a way that works with what you have available. The one shot easy fix is not always the best route in the long term and teaches you very little. Not that the easy fix is always bad, you just need to learn the mechanics of what you need and learn how to get what you need from it
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    Re: Day and Night Temperature

    Quote Originally Posted by rupio View Post
    How important is it to provide different day and night time temperatures for a leopard gecko ? And and tips/advice on making this happen. (excluding the obvious of turning off the heat lamp for those that use one)
    I use an under tank heater that I never turn off, but since you are using a heat lamp for your heat source, the light will disturb their night and day cycle.
    You could use a ceramic heat emitter for a heat source day and night or just switch to ceramic heat emitter at night.
    Also it depends how low your room temperature is at night.

    Here is some information on heating, and it does mention night time temps.
    Leopard Gecko Heating
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    Re: Day and Night Temperature

    Based on my experience, my leopard geckos don’t really get a day and night temperature difference. Since I keep them in a rack with heat tape I usually keep it at a steady 90 degrees and with that I have not had a single problem. Now, a while back ago I used to use a double bulb heat lamp, one bulb was a low wattage day bulb and the other was a lower wattage night bulb it seemed to work fine and all I had to do was turn off the day switch and turn on the night switch. However, when the time came and my collection got to big to be housed in separate tanks I decided to build a rack and keep them all in heat tape and since then I have not had a single problem at all.
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