after some 20+ years of walking out of a pet shop having just looked.. I finally gave in to the need to walk out with some Gecko's..

I bought a whole set up viv is 2' long, 1' deep and 16" deep and was sold with it a basking lamp.. however when ever the lamp is on my geckos hide in the shade.. they have NEVER basked (ok I only had em a week) I know they are nocturnal.. and they only come out to play when the basking lamp is off..
so my questions are,
is a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in post in a few days.. so can monitor temps better)
where is best to place the Thermometers??
what is Gutloading?? (can see the term used loads but cannot as yet work out what it is... )
oh and as an aside.. I hate plastic plants in the VIV can I get real ones?? if so what is safe??
tia
Mark

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after some 20+ years of walking out of a pet shop having just looked.. I finally gave in to the ... a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in post ina few days.. so can monitor temps better)

mine have never basked in years, i usually have it hot i the day and cool at night to replicate natural conditions
where is best to place the Thermometers??

1 hot and 1 in the cold day areas
what is Gutloading?? (can see the term used loads but cannot as yet work out what it is... )

pre feeding crix good food like mashed potato and chicken, never done it but use vit powder on the crix
oh and as an aside.. I hate plastic plants in the VIV can I get real ones?? if so what is safe??

crix will eat the plants and if toxic pass on to reptiles, not always safe.
so my questions are, is a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in postin

Mark (hoping not to ask too many newbie Questions)
so my questions are, is a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in post in a few days.. so can monitor temps better)

That question is hard to answer without the temps. You might try a UTH (undertank heater) in combination with a flourescent light to get both heat and less intense light. Put a hide on both the cool side, and the hot side (over the UTH) of the tank. But really, not basking under bright lights is perfectly normal for leos.
where is best to place the Thermometers??

I usually secure a probe directly onto the basking surface and then put the other about midway up the wall on the cool side to measure air temp.
what is Gutloading?? (can see the term used loads but cannot as yet work out what it is... )

The saying "you are what you eat" applies to your leos and to their food. The crickets you offer are only as nutritious as what they've eaten in the last 24 hours. You can make them more nutritious food sources by feeding foods full of vitamins and minerals for at least 24 hours before they get fed to the leo. There are commercial diets available to use to gutload crickets, but I like using adult iguana food pellets. Some folks also offer orange wedges instead of water. If you really can keep on top of keeping everything tidy you can toss in all sorts of fresh fruit and veg to the crickets.
oh and as an aside.. I hate plastic plants in the VIV can I get real ones?? if so what is safe??

Do a google for reptile toxic plants and you should find a couple different lists of what is okay to use.
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is a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in post in a few days.. so can monitor temps better)

get a black light. 75 watt flood bulb. its what i use and it works wonders. i would not use a bright light to heat a nocturnal creature. don't expect your animals to bask the way you think. they get their heat the way they need it, and if they don't you will soon know.

john
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is a 75W basking lamp too much (getting 2 digital thermometers in post in a few days.. so can monitor temps better)

get a black light. 75 watt flood bulb. its what i use and it works wonders. i would not use ... you think. they get their heat the way they need it, and if they don't you will soon know. john

Some black lights can be harmful to reptiles. There's several relevant articles on the subject on MK's site, www.anapsid.org.

fr0glet

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what is Gutloading?? (can see the term used loads but cannot as yet work out what it is... )

Feeding nutritous foods to crickets, mealworms, etc. so that the nutrition can be passed on to your pet when you feed the crickets, etc. to it