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RE: mystery gecko.......help anybody?

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Posted by: MadAxeMan at Mon Jan 14 07:44:44 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by MadAxeMan ]  
   

That is a P. madagascarensis ssp. most likely grandis, it is not a standingi. The vendor you purchased it from is not very knowledgable about day geckos. First off 70f for daytime highs is a bit low for either species without a basking light. You will want a basking spot with a temp of about 85-95f with temps this cool. If you keep your herp room in the upper 70's (78 or so) to mid 80's you can get away without a basking light. As far as uv light goes... I raise both grandis and standingis and have for many years. I use florescent bulbs but not "uv" producing bulbs. I personally believe that the believe that if you really want uv from artificial light that theses tubes are absolutely useless for this purpose. I have successful raised bred and reproduced both species without these types of tubes just fine. I also live and fl and keep day geckos outside under the real thing and while I find that my egg production is a little bit better than inside under florescent lights it is not that much better for me to believe that uv-b is that signifigant inin their metabolisim of vitamin d-3. That said I have seen problems with day geckos raised inside in the absence of any florescent light so I would suggest using florescents but considering I get the cheapest 40 tubes I can find at wal-mart and have done so for years with excellent results you may want to save some money by not buying over-priced light tubes. You will do really good with these geckos you keep them in a well planted tank with humidity 70 to 80%. A lot of people like to use pothos and that is a good choice if you have little experience with planted vivariums but it will overtake a tank rather quickly so you will have to keep it trimmed back. Aglonema works good as do the bird's nest sanseverias which do not grow as large as the regular sanseverias. Some of the plants I like to use are Fittonia (a favorite and an excellent indicator for your humidity levels as these will wilt very quickly if your tank gets too dry.)Hemigraphis, pellonia as well as some of the ground orchids such as maccodes sp and Ludisia discolor. If you have all three you will want to separate them at least to a m/f pair and separate the third one. Sometimes (very rarely in my experience-even in 4'x4'x8' well planted outdoor cages.)1.2 trios do well but I once purchased such a trio that did well that way. Anyway...I hope that helps for now but I need to go for now so if you have any more questions just ask away and I'll answer them later


   

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