Help with heating with new AFS!

creatureX87

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Hello, I just got my first AFS a couple of days go and I have a couple questions.

Humidity:
I don't have anything for the humidity as I've read that most humidity gauges are unreliable. I've misted the enclosure a couple times a day for about 2 days to get the humidity upSo, how do I know if there is the right humidity by look and feel?

Heating:
If I were to get a ceramic heat emitter, what wattage would I need for a 10 gallon? I'm trying to get it in the low to mid 80s on the warm side. I have a heat pad on the side but it seems to not go above 75-77F on that side, even with 3/4s of the lid covered with foil and a folded towel on top the screen. Also, what is an ideal temp for the cool side and will a ceramic heat emitter dry it out too much?
 

GordoOldman

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If using a heat emitter, also invest in a thermostat. Place the probe inside the enclosure on the hot end.

There are several good humidity gauges out there that work well, I utilize types with probes. Most are senstive to flourescent light interference and bright light interference (not a worry with scorps!) So be mindful of placement of probe.

There are nano types of heat emitters available now ... So the ability to utilize low wattage small emitters is nice.
 

creatureX87

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If using a heat emitter, also invest in a thermostat. Place the probe inside the enclosure on the hot end.

There are several good humidity gauges out there that work well, I utilize types with probes. Most are senstive to flourescent light interference and bright light interference (not a worry with scorps!) So be mindful of placement of probe.

There are nano types of heat emitters available now ... So the ability to utilize low wattage small emitters is nice.
Thanks. I forgot to add that I do have a temperature probe on the warm side a couple inches above the ground. I'm using a heat mat on the glass on that side.
I was wanting to get some type of lightning like an infrared but I heard that uv is bad for them.

Also, what humidity probe would you reccomend?
 
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Albireo Wulfbooper

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Thanks. I forgot to add that I do have a temperature probe on the warm side a couple inches above the ground. I'm using a heat mat on the glass on that side.
I was wanting to get some type of lightning like an infrared but I heard that uv is bad for them.

Also, what humidity probe would you reccomend?
Infrared is not the same as UV - they’re on opposite ends of the light wavelength scale. as long as you keep your substrate moist your critters should be fine. Misting the top isn’t super useful, since they burrow for moisture - it’s better to pour a little water in periodically to keep the substrate damp. I usually just overflow the water dish a little every few days. Temperature-wise they’re fine with warm room temperature, but will be more active if it’s a bit warmer.
 
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