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Nervous about winter temps for my pinktoe

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Targaryen, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Targaryen

    Targaryen Arachnopeon

    Yes, the thermometer is digital. My plan is to direct the heat from a safe/comfortable distance, rather than aiming it straight at the enclosure from close range. Do you think it would be wise to add some damp peat moss to her habitat in order to avoid dropping the humidity?
  2. darkness975

    darkness975 will the Sun ever rise? Arachnosupporter

    Assuming you are referring to an Avicularia spp. or related species, you should be keeping it on the dry side with a full water dish. A moist stuffy cage will deteriorate its health. @viper69 and @cold blood have written some detailed posts about Avic care if you search them up. They're great resources to get you on the right path.
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  3. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    If you need a digital thermometer, us reptile people love the Acurite models off of Amazon
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  4. Targaryen

    Targaryen Arachnopeon

    my spider is an a. avicularia, for clarification.

    turns out i've read @viper69 's care post already - was super helpful (and probably lifesaving) when i first took the t home from petco in a critter keeper full of peat moss, moldy grapevine, and about 2cm of water.

    as it's already on the way (and i've got the room warmed up to safe for tarantula temps as is) I'm going to cautiously proceed with the heater i bought yesterday. i'll let everyone know if it works.

    thank you all very much for the help and information! this site has been the only source available for information on how to care for tarantulas, and has really carried me through
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  5. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer


    Anytime you have a question, just ask us.
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  6. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnobaron Active Member

    I have that exact same model beside my t's. When its on they all line up on that side of the cage enjoying the Oil filled heater warmth....I'm not sure if the "eco mode" is actually saving money, but it dims the display....
  7. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I am also skeptical of the eco mode...I just keep it maxed out...82 degrees full power.

    I have an old model, with the old one its very different. That thing gets hot enough to burn you (but the carpet still stays pretty cool)...I keep that one on the minimum wattage setting and on 7...it keeps the room 80 even on the coldest winter nights...but it draws a ton more power, the cords are always warm and I can tell it pulls much more power. used to only use this for years, now only use it during the coldest times of the winter.

    The new one maxed out only keeps the room 75-80.....which is just fine and dandy. I imagine when its below zero out it will struggle to keep the room above 70. I will find out soon enough...that crap weather isn't too far away now.
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  8. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    50 degrees in your house? Brrrr! :cyclops:
    I love having Ts and one reason is because it is a delightful excuse to be so warm and toasty. Your avic will be much happier and you will likely feel warmer too!
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  9. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    This is what I use in the pet room. No chance of fire and they are very energy efficient. Let me keep the pet room temps independently of the rest of my house which I usually like much cooler. Set the temp and forget it.

    Earlier this week I forgot I had plugged it in and it was on. I sat a plastic enclosure lid on it and 10 mins later the lid was just warm. No melting etc.

    I run mine on 3 of 5 due to the pet room being full sun facing for most of the day.
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  10. Targaryen

    Targaryen Arachnopeon

    Resolution: unpacked the heater yesterday and set up this morning. Have been monitoring temp all day, and it works! my house is currently 65 degrees, and the warmer side of the enclosure is consistently 71.4.

    Heater is on the "low" setting, 10" away and facing the enclosure. It's an incredibly weak "space" heater, but seems to be perfect for what I need. The heat that blows out diffuses about 6" away. Tipover switch works perfectly, and the heater itself isn't even warm to the touch.

    Spider is snuggled up in the warmest corner of her enclosure, and I'm feeling way better. ...now let's see how long it lasts for $17.
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