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    Hi! I'm in college and really find taking care of critters relaxing. I currently am into saltwater fish/inverts/coral am really want a reptile friend. I'm going to take this hobby slow like I did with the fish, buy books now, wait 6 months, if I still want him/her then I'll buy.

    So the plan is to get a crested gecko, makes no difference on coloring, I just want one. I really want to learn about their needs and any special care. Hopefully you guys can learn me something.

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    Welcome to Pangea! You came to the best site to learn the proper care for the Crested Gecko. The 'search' feature is a wonderful tool to use to review past threads on general care/health/housing. If you have questions, just ask...everyone here is pretty helpful.
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      Thanks.


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      • #4
        Welcome to the forum. Hope you find everything you need here. Its a great forum!
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        • #5
          Thanks.

          I bought a 12x12x18 zoo med terrarium. What I'm planning is a dual light fixture, uvb and heat lamps. I'm not sure if I'm making or buying a rock wall yet. I was originally planning a waterfall, but after reading up on it I'm not sure I'm comfy enough maintaining the moss around it though. I def want to get some live plants in there though.

          What's the deal with UVB? The book says that its unknown if cg's need it, the store is dead set on selling me one. Is this one of the better safe than sorry things? What's the best one to get?

          What lights would I need to keep plants?

          Don't know PetCo's rep in the retile world, but its pretty terrible in the saltwater world. I did see a sweet red gecko, like the one in the logo above, and a bluish/yellow one for $50. Would these be ok to get or should I stick with the breeder ones? I'm planning on keeping one until I get a bigger terrarium.

          Just a few things I'm considering

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rockys_Pride View Post
            What's the deal with UVB? The book says that its unknown if cg's need it, the store is dead set on selling me one. Is this one of the better safe than sorry things? What's the best one to get?
            Of course the store is set on selling you one :P

            As far as cresteds are concerned, they don't need it. Your live plants might? But I know next to nothing about plant care. I've been keeping geckos since.. late '09 and have never used supplimental lighting for them.

            Just feed them the Crested Gecko Diet and they'll get what they need.
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            • #7
              Live plants don't need UV bulbs, just flourescent in the 5000-10,000 kelvin range. Most people prefer around 6700 kelvins for live plants.

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              • #8
                oh, so I'd be good using the t12 light strip from Lowes? Its currently residing in my fish sump, but I'm upgrading that soon. How hard are the plants to keep, now I'm debating on taking the terrarium back and going with the all in one set pangea sells, http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/c...um-set-up.html. Its only $50 more and $35 for shipping a cg. Have you guys bought this before? Would I need to replace anything right off the bat? You guys are super, the book I'm reading is still saying to still feed baby food, I read a thread here that says NO!! Guess I won't be doing that. Another question, can I smash up my own fruit, no citrus right?, and add the vitamins, or CGD, to it?

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                • #9
                  Hey :-)

                  FWIW, after doing a bunch of reading around here, I've started mixing my own CGD/banana/vita-dust food for the geckos every other week, it puts extra sugar (banana) with a huge amount of calcium and other important stuffs (vita-dust), so they eat it pretty well and it's super "good" for them.

                  HOWEVER, as I understand it the CGD is sugar balanced already, so simply adding more fruit will increase the sugar percent and possibly lead to obese animals. I'm sure this would be a good way to encourage eating (for weight or vitamin increases, as I do) but apparently is a less than optimal way to feed crested geckos on for long periods of time. The remedy for this (if you're that committed to crushing up your own fruit for the geckos) is to buy the base diet of the two part Repashy diet, and the fruit you add makes up for the nectar part of the duo.

                  This is hearsay though... a more senior member of these forums is welcome to set me straight if this sounds off...

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, sounds like CGD is all I need. Well took my terrarium back, there is a reptile rescue about 15 min away that will sell me terrarium and gecko for $60, along with a bottle of CGD. Will have to wait until weather warms up a little though, we keep the house at 63 during the winter. What do you guys think?

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