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    I purchased my first garg yesterday at the Show Me Reptile Show. This is my first gecko so I am looking for some advice.

    Right now I have the little guy in one of the large shoebox sized kritter keepers on paper towels.

    I have a 12x12x18 terrarium with natural substrate as a grow out tank, and a much larger enclosure with live plants and whatnot that I would like to use as his final home.

    I was wondering if anyone has some guidelines on when to upgrade from one tank to the other. I havent had a chance to weigh him yet, but he's fairly small. I would assume weight or age is a decent indicator on how long to keep him in a smaller tank. I wouldnt mind placing him in the final tank, but I also didnt want to stress him too much. I thought maybe a gradual upgrade was a better idea...

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    Yup, gradual upgrade would be best. I have a new garg coming tomorrow; he is about 8 grams, and he will be in a 12x12x18 until he gets to about 20g.
    Eileen
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    Thanks for the tip My little guy is also 8 grams; I weighed him last night.

    Hygge is adorable, I saw the picture you posted. Congrats

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    Thank you very much!

    For your little one, I would suggest using paper towels for substrate until he is an adult. There's a risk of impaction with young ones with the cocoa bark or eco-earth.
    Eileen
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    Hygge, aka TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Brown reticulated gargoyle 0.0.1
    Rody Jane - Cattledog/stinkwad mix 0.1.0
    Dixie Moonpie - Rattledog 0.1.0
    Ancient barn cats - 3.0.0

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