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Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jul 16, 2014
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- South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
Yes, we’re making the hatchling a closed chamber enclosure.
I like the use of the cake pan for the mounting of the socket! Great idea. BTW, CHE's heat objects below, not the air inbetween. The cage air temp can be 70 deg for example but the floor under the CHE can still be 90 deg easily depending on the distance to the CHE, the humidity, etc. It is still necessary to have a thermostat so that the CHE is cut off when the cage air temp gets high enough. I use an in-line lamp dimmer between the thermostat output and CHE socket. This way I can use a 60 or whatever WATT CHE but dim it down during the warmer seasons as needed.
That is what I am using for my leopard hatchling. I have him in a 36X 18 terrarium with a powersun for day and the 50 watt CHE for night sitting on top of screen on a timer..seems to be maintaining temps & humidity perfectly.Does anyone have experience or guidance regarding use of CHEs for a glass tank enclosure with a metal screen lid on top of the tank?
I haven't tried it. Too many questions I haven't sorted out, and I haven't done any experimenting. I was wondering if anybody else had tried it (installing a CHE on top of or above a metal screen top), or knew of someone who had.
That POWERSUN MVB light needs it's own thread.That is what I am using for my leopard hatchling. I have him in a 36X 18 terrarium with a powersun for day and the 50 watt CHE for night sitting on top of screen on a timer..seems to be maintaining temps & humidity perfectly.
Thanks so much for the advice! I just ordered it from Amazon.That POWERSUN MVB light needs it's own thread.
Those are horrible. Ineffective. Desicating and inconsistent.( I have several that I tested with a UVB meter and a thermal heat gun. I also drank the KOOLAID)
Youd be MUCH better off with the CHE and a strip florescent during the day.
A powerful T5 HO can broadcast through a screen.
The UVB will be reduced, but would still be effective since you are using a short sided aquarium.
These strip florescent are about $50 and include the tube and everything. Ready to use.
Do not buy a T8 type strip uvb florescent. These won't provide ANY uvb through a screen. And not much without one at anything more than say 8".
T5 is the way to go.
Its not paint but they do have a smell the first time or two that you heat them up. I usually run them outdoors somewhere for an hour once or twice before using them inside a closed chamber.