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Post by Badasprog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:37 am

Okay so i've decided to save one of the pet shop geckos when i save £40, i'm going to double check its a female before hand as i have a good eye for sexing geckos, i want it to be friends with mella but i'm not to sure what is the best and saftest way to introduce them, i need to think in advance incase they wont suit each other, i'm going to go back to the pet shop next weekend and measure the gecko to see if they are the same size ,,
any advice will be appreciated

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Re: putting geckos together

Post by geckochick89 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:48 am

Well first thing you'll want to do is quarantine the new gecko in a separate tank for at least a month before you even think about introducing them Smile If they are both females, and after the quarantine period your new gecko eats well and is happy and healthy, then introducing them should be no problem. I have kept loads of different females together and I have never had any that did not get along. Of course, every once in a while there will be a small scuffle over food or mistaking each other for food, haha, but I have never had any of my geckos get seriously injured from being kept together.
For the first introduction however, I would probably introduce them a few hours to a day after feeding them, this way they shouldnt be hungry and mistake the other for food. Other than that, keep a close eye on them for the first week or so, and if you do see them bickering or fighting, then it might be a good idea to separate them.
I have kept multiple different groups of females, sometimes switching around which tanks they are in and introducing them to new females, and I have never had to separate them due to fighting.
You will want to make sure they are both getting the same amount of food though, if you do put them together. If they are not the same size when introduced, the larger may keep the smaller one from getting enough food, and if that happens, they will need to be separated until they are both the same size and you could then try putting them together again.
Pretty sure that covers most of it, if you think of anything else feel free to ask Smile
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Post by Badasprog on Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:19 pm

thank you extremely helpful, mella is friendly and chilled out most the time so i think i should be okay, so now i've got that sorted i better start building a new tank Smile
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Post by geckochick89 on Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:38 pm

You dont necessarily need to go out and buy the new one a fancy new tank, I would keep her in a sweater bin for the quarantine, cheap and effective.
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Post by Badasprog on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:25 am

I've got two smaller tanks, I was going to put a heat mat in, also the gecko is on wood chips and I don't think they are very good to use, shall I change to paper towels or keep her on what she is used to?
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Post by Kodieh on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:37 am

It would be better to not house them together at any point in their lives, but that's just my opinion.

A separate tank will be perfect, and it will remove all room for risk of bullying.
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Post by Kermit on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:05 am

I agree with Kodie (man seems I've been doing that a lot today, it's gonna go to his head Smile ) ... I don't think they should live together either esp. with Mella being use to being a solitary female. The new addition could cause her to stress, become temperamental and territorial. It could change her personality forever. I think best would be just putting the 2 vivs side by side so they can see eachother and take them out together under supervision for them to interact then back to their own vivs. AFTER quarantine of course...

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Post by Badasprog on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:36 am

Mellas been with houses with many males nd females in the past, she's on her own cause Steve keeps trying to mate and she doesn't like that, after the quarantine would it be possible to try them together? I've got spare tanks if all goes wrong
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Post by Kermit on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:43 am

You're asking the wrong person kiddo... I'm completely anti-community housing for leos. Sorry.

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Post by Kodieh on Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:34 am

It is up to you what you do, I'm just telling you what I think is best. Smile
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Post by Badasprog on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:17 pm

Okay, well i'll keep the spare tank going, i've still gotta save some money and i'm jobless, i'll get other opinions and ill take all yours on board and if mella doesn't like this one, the spare tank will be there and the new one can live in that instead, maybe my bf might let me take this one to my house this time Smile
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Post by Kodieh on Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:53 am

Well, if you pay for it then I'd say he can't tell you no. Wink
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