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How do you keep your invert rooms warm?

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Exoskelos, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Exoskelos

    Exoskelos Arachnosquire

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    I'm busy putting up thin foil insulation this week before it gets really cold, converting an unused room into a bug room. It's about a 7x7' room, maybe a bit larger. I'm aiming for a 74-78°F constant temperature, would an infrared heater work, or perhaps a simple heat lamp? I'm a bit unsure that a heat lamp could keep an entire room warm. What do you use for heating? I don't use heat mats, I keep mostly millipedes and heat mats are a big no-no for plastic containers anyway.
     
  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Lamps are actually far worse than mats are.


    I use an oil filled space heater...works fantastic.
     
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  3. Exoskelos

    Exoskelos Arachnosquire

    I was thinking about hanging a lamp in the room to keep it warm overall, not placing the lamp directly on the enclosures. The majority of my Orthoporus sp. died because I was stupid and put them under a lamp.
     
  4. Polenth

    Polenth Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I also use an oil-filled heater. In past years, I've regulated the temperature manually, but I have a thermostat-controlled plug socket this year. Keeping it warm isn't actually the problem. Keeping it cool is much harder (and it'd be much more expensive to solve, as I'd need a portable air conditioner).
     
  5. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnobaron Active Member

    I switch on the heating. ;)
     
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  6. buzz182

    buzz182 Arachnosquire

    Kept in a glass display cabinet that is warmed with 2 heat mats on the back of cabinet (not directly attached to any enclosure) when temprature drops below 21°c(70F)
    I am generally more comfortable in a room that is cooler than my T's would like but if you can keep the area that you keep your T's in at a normal room temprature it is a much better solution than mine.
     
  7. InvertAddiction

    InvertAddiction Arachnoknight

    I have mine in my living room, so during winter I keep my heat set to the 70's, I live in an upstairs apartment so it stays on the warmer side thanks to my neighbor below me running his heat and haven't had any issues.
     
  8. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    Since all my collection are either slings or small juvies, I made a 'incubator' from a styrofoam cooler and UTH taped to the side of it and plugged into a thermostat.
     
  9. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    People do this for tortoises, but those lamps are large and hot, ie fire hazards in a home for sure.

    I'd go with @cold blood's recommendation.
     
  10. Exoskelos

    Exoskelos Arachnosquire

    I finished the insulation an hour ago, and settled on a small ceramic desk heater, the room I have them in is basically a large closet. An oil radiator would be too hot for such a small room, plus I needed something that wouldn't take up much floor space. I have a lamp in there, but its LED and only on when I'm in the room for light. Temps are spot on 75°F and I think it looks good.
     

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  11. Timj

    Timj Arachnopeon

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    All my enclosures are stacked up near my x-box wich was an accidental heat source but an effective one :)
     
  12. Minty

    Minty Previously mmcg Arachnosupporter

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    The heating in my house is adequate.
     
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  13. Potatatas

    Potatatas Arachnosquire Active Member

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