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OfflineBitchCakes
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Need some help with incubator
    #1006597 - 10/30/02 03:40 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Ive grown many many times, but Ive always let them colonize at room temperature...now Im trying to use an incubator.

Ive got a large rubbermaid container which I'm using. I set it up with a jar of water with a fish tank heater. I set it up yesterday and it seemed to be fine, temp was steady at 79 degrees. I opened it today and it was full of water. Way too much condensation. Theres about a 1/4 inch of water on the bottom, and the walls and lid are soaked. What are some ways to combat this?

I'm trying to do it the "right" way this time...


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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: BitchCakes]
    #1006624 - 10/30/02 03:43 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

you could put some holes in the bottom to let it drain out. i've seen this exact same problem before and that was the solution. no way to stop the water from evaporating out into the container.


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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: BitchCakes]
    #1006638 - 10/30/02 03:46 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Put a couple towels insiode the container to absorb some of the excess moisture.


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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: BitchCakes]
    #1006650 - 10/30/02 03:50 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

If your fishtank heater is the fully subersable kind...or can function horozontally (like my iguana's does)...then this method works great. Get two rubber tubs that fit nicely within one anther....with the bottom tub, drill a hole the appropriate size for the heater, fit a rubber grommet around the heater and then silacone the grommet into the predrilled hole. Next you'll need to figure out something that you can set in the first tub to prop the second tup up and over the heater...so its not setting directly ontop of the heater. Fill her up with water and add a bit of peroxide to keep things from growing in the water. Then set your heater at 86 degrees, she'll warm up the water and voila!! you have a handy, dandy water incubator!!!! no condensation to deal with. I hope this helps out a bit!!!
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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: Bilge]
    #1006660 - 10/30/02 03:52 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

This guy up above got it in before me.Well If you want to do it right and not ghetto spend 5 more bucks and 5 minutes and solve any and all water problems.Go get a identical container as the 1st one. place your jars in this, Spray lysol liberaally in it and place the top on it and set aside.Take your heater out of the jar and make sure there is no mounting hardware on it. Make a hole in the bottom of the container near the middle and slide the glass part of the heater inside. Now all the glass should be inside and all plastic paices should be outside. Cuttin off some plastic off the heater might be nessassary. Then just throw some jb weld,silicon, or sealent on it to seal the heater to the container. Then you just fill with water and set your container withb the jars in it inside the water container. This will leave absolutely No condesation and the temp will be more stable due to the heat is comming at it from 5 sides. A towel placed on top of it will hold in heat even better and conceal it.


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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: BitchCakes]
    #1007081 - 10/30/02 06:04 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

So your temp in your incubator is 79 degrees, why not try to get it up to the mid 80's? You will notice the difference. Having a hard time getting the temp up in a rubbermaid? Its because plastic (especially at the thickness of a rubbermaid) is a poor insulator, meaning it doesn't keep heat in very well. Thats why you should be using a styrofoam cooler instead of a rubbermaid if you are using the kind of fish tank heater that you put in a jar.


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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: cheifdog24]
    #1007168 - 10/30/02 06:47 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Rubbermaid containers work just fine. Set your heater to keep the temp at 84-85 deg. You can insulate the whole setup with a sleeping bag or some blankets.



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Re: Need some help with incubator [Re: Fred Garvin]
    #1013489 - 11/01/02 04:05 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Thanks for the help everyone

I was able to dig out an old 24 quart styrafoam cooler from the basement. I crammed my jars and the heater in, put on the lid, and the temp shot up to 80 degrees in about 5 minutes! I guess my attempts at insulating my ribbermaid bin were less succsesful than I thought. From now on its styrafoam all the way


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