Hopefully since your near me things will be the same, but I noticed at PetSmart they had 6 or 8 inch (i forogt) heat lamps on sale for 7.99. Those are the good ones too which can safely hold both infared bulbs and ceramic. The bulb I think was on sale too for 8 and change. I bought 1 75 watt infared and 1 100 watt, because the prices were like pennies difference and I want to see ho wmuch hotter the 100 gets. Thats a fast and easy idea. Just don't pick up crickets or any other live thing while your there.Room temps are anywhere from 60-70. So puting the heat pad on the side would allow it to get hotter in the tank as oppose to it being on the bottom?