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 #1032489


Suspect187
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 Temperature problem

I have a emp scorpion which I purchased a couple of days ago. It is housed in a 10 gallon tank with coconut fibres as the substrate. The humidity is at 80% but the temp is only at 22 degrees celsius (71F). I have a exo terra heat pad on the side wall of my enclosure. The exo terra liquid crystal thermometer and humidity gauge are in the middle of the back wall about half way down the tank.

Now the problem is obviously the temp but the heat pad is not bringing it up to the desired temp. I also have a small towel covering half to the top of the lid (made of mesh) to try and keep the heat in. Is it because the temp in my room is too low? Could it be because the temp gauge is too far away to give an accurate reading? Should I have put the temp gauge closer to the heat pad because from what I understand, you should have a cool side and a warm side so the scrop can regulate its temp at is own will. Any suggestions are welcome but I would like to leave purchasing a light as a last resort. If you guys need anymore info to help me come to a solution, let me know. Thank you in advance.



10/22/06  11:47pm

 #1033403


Suspect187
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1032489


 Temperature problem

Metz? Meee? Anyone?



10/23/06  08:19pm

 #1033941


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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1033403


 Temperature problem

Hi

Remove the towel and replace it with some cling film or saran wrap. The heat will escape easily through a towel. If you do this you may find your humidity will go up as well. To increase the temp in your tank you will need some polystyrene. PLace your heat mat on the side of the tank and tape it on. Then place the polystyrene on the back of the heat mat and tape it on this stops the heat escaping from the back of the heat mat.

I did this for mine as i live in England and its always cold over here. It made my temp and humidity go to the right levels

Hope this helps



10/24/06  05:43am

 #1034690


Suspect187
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  Message To: ImTheDaddy   In reference to Message Id: 1033941


 Temperature problem

Thanks for the reply. Iíll try this. Iím still open to any suggestions. Anyone else? Also, how old do they have to be to be able to breed? Is there anyway to tell their age?



10/24/06  07:45pm

 #1034743


Meee
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1034690


 Temperature problem

unless you got it as a juvenile, it is impossible to tell age. if you still have trouble, try raising it high off the ground away from a window. what itd said should work.



10/24/06  08:26pm

 #1035120


Suspect187
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  Message To: Meee   In reference to Message Id: 1034743


 Temperature problem

Ok thanks for the tips. How old do they have to be to be able to breed?



10/25/06  12:48am

 #1041140


Suspect187
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1035120


 Temperature problem

Well I tried the saran wrapping half the lid and placing polystyrene over the back of the heat pad but it didnít really work. My only other option was to get a 50w red heat lamp. I know this will suck the moisture right out and it has. It usually sits at around 60%-70% and thatís after misting it multiple times a day. Do you guys knkow of any methods to regulate the humidity level? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



10/29/06  10:50pm

 #1041148


Meee
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1041140


 Temperature problem

live plants, but they wont do good under a red light. you have a bit of a problem to say the least. what is the warmest room in your housesí temp in the highest spot the cage could be kept? how large is the heat pad?



10/29/06  10:57pm

 #1041259


Suspect187
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  Message To: Meee   In reference to Message Id: 1041148


 Temperature problem

The tank is in my room on the top floor of the house (3 floor) definately the warmest. The heat pad is the size of the entire side wall of the tank. Iím goin to put the tank up on a higher dresser. I donít know what else to do. Maybe put the humidity gauge closer to the substrate to get a more accurate reading? It sits rather close to the top of the tank right now. Any other suggestions?



10/30/06  12:35am

 #1042297


Meee
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1041259


 Temperature problem

moving the humidity gage should help, since that is where the emps lives, on the ground. i really wouldnt know, i live in the desert.



10/30/06  09:00pm

 #1042725


Suspect187
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  Message To: Meee   In reference to Message Id: 1042297


 Temperature problem

Ok I have moved it and it usually sits at about 70% now. Do you think that will cause a problem if its not constantly at 80%?



10/31/06  01:37am

 #1044058


Meee
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1042725


 Temperature problem

just make sure to mist it whenever possible, especially during a moult.



11/01/06  02:31am

 #1059874


Karrinne
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1042725


 Temperature problem

An easy solution to keep in heat AND moisture would be to take a plastic bag and adhere(?) it to the mesh lid. Cutting 1-3 holes in it. Smaller holes toward the heat source, and bigger on out. Else wise you can go to any pet store and by an aquarium lid. Not the kind that come with the light, but the sgmented glass kind.



11/14/06  12:51am

 #1062259


Suspect187
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  Message To: Karrinne   In reference to Message Id: 1059874


 Temperature problem

Iíve fixed the problem. I just bought a heater for my room to bring the room temp up. It worked.



11/15/06  10:51pm

 #1079593


Dmetz
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1062259


 Temperature problem

Ok, Iím late on this, oups, well, better late than never.
First of all...ditch those useless guages!!!!!
If your heat mat is working correctly and is the right size for the tank size then your temperatures should be fine. Those exo whatever guages are crap and donít give acurate temp and humidity readings.
As long as you have a good working, properly sized UTH on one end of the tank and the temperature *inside your room* is at least 75 F. then your temps will be fine.
I maintained my 10 gallon imp tank to 85F. in a room that never got above 74 F. and did it with a 40 watt red heat light and humidity flaps on the lid as well as maintained humidity at 90% for over three years.

If you feel you must use temp and humidity guages, get the *good* ones....the digital ones that you just hold and point into the tank. Donít even waste your money on those stick on pieces of junk, they donít work very well.



12/01/06  04:42pm

 #1079595


Dmetz
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  Message To: Suspect187   In reference to Message Id: 1062259


 Temperature problem

P.S.
If it feels warm and humid in the tank when you put your hand in there....youíre doing fine.



12/01/06  04:44pm


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