Leopard Gecko Tank Set Up - What You Need to Know!

Do you have plans to own a leopard gecko? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Leopard geckos are among the most widely kept lizards as a reptile pet. Though they do not require intensive care, creating a suitable reptile habitat will ensure your leopard gecko stays healthy and contented. In this article, we'll look at leopard gecko tank arrangement fundamentals and provide helpful hints for making a cozy, secure home for your reptile pet. Read on to learn more about setting up the perfect reptile habitat for your leopard gecko!

The leopard gecko tank temperature 

Temperature is vital when setting up the tank for your leopard gecko. This reptile requires a space with a hot and cold area to keep its body temperature balanced. The basking spot should maintain a temperature of between 88-90°F (31-32°C) and, in the evening, should reduce to 75°F (24°C).

To check the temperature in the leopard gecko tank, a digital thermometer is necessary. Ensure the heating mat is a short distance from the tank and does not overheat; this could make the gecko too hot and anxious.

Remember, leopard geckos need places in the shade and cover to manage their body temperature. Provide the gecko with plenty of rocks and vegetation for a cool, dark space. It's also helpful to create a hide box in the cool section of the tank for the gecko to relax during the day.

The size of the leopard gecko tank

When deciding the appropriate reptile tank size for housing your leopard gecko, it is best to use one of the more common sizes: 10 gallons (roughly 38 liters), 15 gallons (around 57 liters), or 20 gallons (around 76 liters). A 10-gallon tank is a minimum size but provides a space larger than 20 gallons. Furthermore, reptile tank shape is important to consider as well. Leos are ground geckos and should have long, relatively shallow tanks to provide more floor space. Reptile tanks commonly used for chameleons or other tree-dwelling species should be avoided. The Leopard gecko size should be considered, as some species can grow to 8-10 inches in length when fully grown. So, the Leopard gecko needs to have enough room to move comfortably. Ventilation is also important, as it will allow for the correct humidity and temperature to be maintained to ensure the leopard gecko's health. Consequently, air holes should be placed on the sides of the reptile tank. 

The leopard gecko tank substrate

The substrate is a vital component of your leopard gecko’s tank setup. The substrate you choose for your leopard gecko will depend on your reptile enclosure and your pet's needs. For example, if you have an arid terrarium, you’ll need to use a substrate that can retain moisture without becoming soggy. On the other hand, if you have a tropical terrarium, you’ll need to use a substrate that can absorb and hold moisture. 

You have several options when choosing a substrate for a leopard gecko tank. Reptile carpet is ideal for many as it’s easy to clean and maintain and won’t harbor harmful bacteria or mites. Paper towels are another great option; they’re absorbent and won’t harm your gecko if ingested. Sand can also be used, but it should be finely ground and calcium carbonate-free to avoid potential respiratory problems and eye injuries. 

Whichever substrate you choose, ensure it is at least two inches deep to allow your gecko to burrow and stay warm. If you choose sand, ensure it is sifted through a fine mesh before use to remove any sharp particles that could hurt your leopard gecko. Also, regularly clean the substrate, which helps maintain healthy conditions in the leopard gecko tank and prevents harmful bacteria from developing.

The leopard gecko tank decor

Decor is an essential element of a leopard gecko tank setup. It provides hiding spots, enabling the gecko to feel secure and comfortable in its home. You can use many decorations, including plants, wood pieces, rocks, logs, and other items.

Live plants are a great addition to any leopard gecko tank as they provide hiding spots for the gecko and add an extra humidity level to the tank. However, various artificial plants are available if live plants aren’t an option. Artificial plants are easy to clean and maintain, making them a great choice for beginners.

When selecting your decorations, choose items that won’t harm the gecko. Avoid sharp edges or decorations that could break easily if the gecko attempts to climb them. Rocks should also be smooth and rounded not to injure the gecko's feet.

Wood pieces are a popular choice as they can provide both hiding places and climbing opportunities. Natural branches and bark can be used, or you can buy pieces specifically designed for reptile habitats. Be sure to choose pieces that have been safely treated and don’t contain any harmful chemicals.

Logs are another great decoration for your leopard gecko tank. You can choose natural or artificial logs, depending on what suits your tank best.

The Lighting

To provide a suitable habitat for your leopard gecko, proper lighting must be considered when establishing their tank. It is advised to provide UVB lighting and full-spectrum lighting as they help synthesize Vitamin D3, essential for the reptile's metabolic functions and general well-being. A full spectrum light emulates natural sunlight, helping your leopard gecko stay healthy.

It is recommended to keep the lights on for 12-14 hours each day, for which you may need to set up a timer. In addition, Ceramic Heat Emitters, or CHEs, can be used as a heat source since they do not produce any UVB radiation and are, therefore, safe for your reptile.


If you're an ardent reptile lover, constructing an ideal terrarium for your leopard gecko is essential. Considering the enclosure's dimensions, temperature, bedding, ornaments, and lighting is vital to guaranteeing your beloved reptile enjoys a healthy and cozy habitat. The REPTI ZOO 35.3 Gallon Full Glass Reptile Terrarium is among the most suitable options for a leopard gecko's home.

REPTI ZOO provides the perfect habitat for your leopard gecko with its range of superior terrariums. They have secure lids, integrated drainage, and adjustable height bases. These tanks are ideal for regulating temperature and humidity levels to ensure the health and well-being of your reptile friend. Additionally, the ample interior of these terrariums provides enough space for your gecko to explore, guaranteeing an optimal living experience.

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