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First time herp keeper, African Fat tail setup


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Posted by zeb on September 25, 2002 at 18:40:52:

Hi there! I'm a fishhead who works at a pet store....recently a fat tailed gecko became friendly with me so I had to take him home. In fact I did just that today...

anyways, I'm new to herps, and this will probably be the only one I keep....but I'd like to know how I did. Since cash is limited, I tried to cut the corners....this is what I have right now.

10 gallon tank - $8. ( He will get a 20 long in 2 months or so )
DIY wire hood - .75 cents
Black Felt carpet - $1.37, and I got way too much.
Water dish - .75 cents
ornatmental moss - $1.44, and still got way too much.
Plastic plant/leaves - $3.00
Sunbeam adjustable heating pad - $9

the pet store is where I spent the money...
one Fat tail gecko - $49.
Cricket calcium dust - 6.99
100 count mealworms - $5.49
12 crickets - $1
Cricket container - .99 cents
Aquarium background $1.99
Humidity indicator & thermometer - Free, b/c I work there. :)
One blue bulb, one red bulb - $3 each.

Anyways, it looks surprisingly good for being as easy as it was ( compared to fish, I guess )

The tank during the day is 90 degrees from just the Sunbeam heat pad from Walmart...during the night I'll lower it down.

Anyways, to the point... I have some questions.

1. Is the moss from Walmart harmful to the fattail?
2. I noticed cricket "gutload" is just water...do I need it?
3. How often should I feed?
4. How do I sex it?

....and I guess that's it!

Thanks,
Zeb




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