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terrarium humidity problem
    #4362883 - 07/02/05 01:28 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

(I appologize if I didn't look deep enough to find this info myself; all the advice I could find was just build one of those slanted drip guards for people who use a spray bottle to hydrate terrariums)

Hi, I'm having a serious problem with the humidity in the terrarium my friend and I build last night.  Its a standard terrarium; in the bottom is a few inches of water, and two bricks that support a metal cookie rack, on which are four casings.  For humidity, there is a submersible water heater to heat and evaporate the water.  Its working great, the problem is, theres a lot of condensation on the top dripping down.  My friend has each casing covered in saran wrap, so when I noticed this morning (we only put the thing together last night), at least the cakes haven't been ruined yet.  He also, instead of just putting the terrarium lid on, has a layer of saran wrap so mostly sealed off (its in a basement with lots of nasty mold I don't want to kill it--dumb place for it, but thats my friends fault and I think I'll be demanding it be moved upstairs).  Would removing the saran wrap layer on the top eliminate this problem?  Or am I going to have to build some kind of slanted drip screen regardless of the method of hydration?  The other thing I was concerned about........will just having the lid on the terrarium (it has holes for air ventilation, not big ones though) be enough to keep it sterile (thats the reason he put the saran layer over top in the first place).

A million thanks to any advice that can be shared.  If these babies make it out alive I'll post some good pics  :wink:

Thanks again,

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    #4362900 - 07/02/05 01:36 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: terrarium humidity problem [Re: memes]
    #4362969 - 07/02/05 02:04 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

With a terrarium, You could place a light over the top of the terrarium.. and shut off the heater.. the low temp increase in the top of the terrarium makes the air move. carrying up the evapd water, and also acting like a defroster, keeping the water from building up and dripping. You can also make some wire bales for the top of your tank, like bows in a greenhouse.


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Re: terrarium humidity problem [Re: NINJA]
    #4362978 - 07/02/05 02:09 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

i dunno, id say get rid of the water altogether and used soaked perlite instead. Standing water has a nice way of sucking up contams. Do a search for magash's PMP as well, if you have access to some geolite, or even lava rocks, that setup could help solve your problem. GL man

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