best heating method

petshopguy

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I have multiple tanks to heat up to 85 degrees or so and I was wondering if anyone has experience on the best method to heat up 10+aquariums. I am interested in a method that is fairly accurate in temperature and also cost effective (we all want to spend our $ on the critters, not the equipment). I am not sure if heating mats (ZooMed) for each tank is the best method or not. Keeping the entire room at a constant temp is out of the question due to other critters' temp needs.
Thx for any help,
Bob
 

mischaaussems

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When you place a heating mat between two tanks you can heat both a the same time. Simple light bulbs give lots of heat. If you use real plants the light of this bulb is insufficient, but for heating it's ok. A 10 to 15 Watt bulb should do the trick. In this way it's easy to create warm and cold spots in your terrarium. The spiders can choose their own temperature this way.
 

Dom

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For dry tanks I use heat tape for wide area heating or heat rope (i think that's what it's called) for more small area/gradient heating.
For moist tanks I find overhead heating is much more effective. Ceramic bulbs are costly to buy but seem to pay for themselves by not burning out as standard heat bulbs do. I put the bulbs on a good dimmer to control the heat. The cheap dimmers tend to crap out if you turn them less than half way or if you have a brief power outage. If you've got the cash the helix thermostats would be much nicer.
 
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