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OfflineAbeZard
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heating pads?
    #362878 - 07/29/01 08:26 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

I got a reptile heating pad from the pet store to heat my plexiglass within a sea chest terrarium.

It is doing a good job. Too good of a job! Even with a timer so it runs only 15 minute (shortest time setting I could do) for every 45 minutes, it gets the tank over 90 degrees fast.

The terrarium section is about 2 square feet. Maybe I got too big a pad- it is for a 20-30 gallon terrarium.

Ideas? Has anyone else using reptile pads figured out an appropriate setup?

Abe

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Invisiblepuscle
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Re: heating pads? [Re: AbeZard]
    #362881 - 07/29/01 08:38 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah, don't use it. We don't really need extra heat in the summer. If you want to raise the temperature a little, I suggest a flourescent light.


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Re: heating pads? [Re: puscle]
    #362882 - 07/29/01 08:40 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

Get a dimmer switch. Then you can control how hot the heating pad gets. You can buy an inline dimmer for about 15 bux or you can make one out of a wall switch dimmer for about 6 bux. Works well.


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Re: heating pads? [Re: Vitticeps]
    #362899 - 07/29/01 09:16 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

A dimmer switch would probably be OK/safe in this case. Just make sure to check the power ratings. I've seen some extension coords w/ built-in dimmers. A more energy-efficient means would be using a VARIAC (variable transformer).

An easier solution might be to insulate by putting a thin piece of wood between the heater and the aquarium. This will also help to distribute the heat a little more evenly.

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OfflineAbeZard
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Re: heating pads? [Re: Vitticeps]
    #362956 - 07/29/01 11:04 AM (22 years, 8 months ago)

I like the control of a dimmer switch.
I know some say "no extra heat" but when I upped the temperature from 70-75 to 85ish the colonization started taking off. I used an aquarium heater in a water bath to do that, but now I am trying to get the heat right without it so it will still be controllable after I case.
Thanks
Abenstein

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