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New tarantula!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by SIOBHANBAKER, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

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    It hasn't been checked ever. Just looked that up. It's the other way around from what I've read. You feel cold not hot.
     
  2. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnobaron Active Member

    You feel cold when you suffer from hypothyroidism, but you get intolerant of heat/warmth with hyperthyroidism, meaning you feel uncomfortable when it's warm and welcome cool temperatures.
     
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  3. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    DOH!!!!!! Cheers. I'll look again. Thank you.
     
  4. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    I'm supposed to get blood tests every year because of my meds but detest being around humans. The next time I'm really ill and have to go to the docs I'll tell them to check for it too. Cheers ears.
     
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  5. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnobaron Active Member

    You're welcome. :) I'm sure it's nothing, but problems with the thyroid gland are often overlooked because the symptoms are very diffuse. So, it's never a bad idea to have the hormone status checked once in a blue moon. ;)
     
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  6. obg

    obg Arachnopeon Active Member

    Did my research when i decided to go back into T's after a 20+ year hiatus and was advised to NOT use heat mats.....i have two methods of heating: when i am home for most of the day, i turn on an oil-filled heater. takes a while to heat up but once its gotten up to temperature, its nice and toasty and EFFICIENT. When i leave the house for a prolonged period ( 8 hours + when working ) i use a water bath. Its basically a container ( in my case, a small 6 gallong fish tank ), an aquarium heater, and a platform when the T's enclosures would sit on. I set the heater to my desires temp, place the T enclosures in, and cover it, leaving a small gap so it's not 100% humidity. Very nice and stable temperature for them and they seem to like it.

    Water level is maybe 3 inches from the base of the aquarium....enough to cover the heater all the way ( heater needs to be fully submerged )
     
  7. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnobaron Active Member

    You guys are crazy, that’s way too cold. Over here if your shoes aren’t melting to the pavement it’s not really summer
     
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  8. AnObeseHippo

    AnObeseHippo Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Didn’t claim it was summer either, just that it wasn’t cold. Maybe we just have better circulation up north :p

    It’s nippy at -10C, cold at -20C, and “Imma stay inside” at -30C and beyond
     
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  9. Dennis Nedry

    Dennis Nedry Arachnobaron Active Member

    Not saying you said it was summer, just that it’s summer over here. Yikes, that’s way too cold.
     
  10. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    I'm a southerner ;)
     
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  11. AnObeseHippo

    AnObeseHippo Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Yeah I won’t consider it cold unless I easily risk losing an appendage to frostbite :)
     
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  12. Katiekooleyes

    Katiekooleyes Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I'm also from the UK and I rarely use central heating, and I don't use heatmats on my T enclosure. IDK about your home, but mine is able to retain heat fairly well. The room my T is in is also the same room I keep my snakes. I image the heatmats from their enclosures is what's keeping the room at a moderate temperature. None the less, applying direct heat to a Ts enclosure is often a bad idea. If you're concerned about your heating bills, then think of it as spending money on heating (keep your radiators on low if needs be), rather than the electricity spent to power the heatmats :)