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PostSubject: My New Emp   2/20/2011, 4:08 am

Hey guys I'm a novice scorpion owner. I've always had thing for scorpions they just look awesome. I got mine at Petco for around 14 bucks and it's only been about 3 days but already spent around 90 bucks on this guy. I named him Vin Diesel, however idk if its a male or female yet. I did tons of research before purchasing my Emperor, and before even buying him I set up his 10lt tank that I put him in. I keep the humidity high with moss/misting and the temp has been a problem for me lately. The heating is a real issue for me. I put a heating pad under one side of the tank and hes usually always on that side inside his burrow. I still haven't got some type of spot light to add some extra heat. I really wanna get rid of the heat pad since I've read so much bad things about them, But I think he burrows to that side because he wants to warm up. He's not forced into burrowing at the spot since I have two hiding spots for him. If anyone can help me out with this situation it would be must appreciated. Anyways other then my heating issue there seems to be no problem. I dropped 4 crickets inside the tank last night and could only find 1 this morning.

Curious Vin Diesel


Looks a little dry but its a camera effect. It's also not a heating lamp



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PostSubject: Re: My New Emp   2/20/2011, 8:19 am

Hi, congratulations on your new scorpion and its good to see you have researched and done nearly everything correct. What you do need to do though is move your heat mat from underneath the tank and stick it on the side of instead. In the wild scorpion burrows would have a more stable air temp. than above ground and scorpions would retreat into them to escape extremes of temperature (hot or cold). Having the heat mat on the bottom means it is hotter underground than above which is not natural and could stress the scorpion. By having the heat mat on the side the air above the substrate will be heated instead, creating a more natural environment.
Keep an eye on the temperature in the tank, anything in the high 20s is good (26c - 29c) and make sure you keep humidity around 80% +. You shouldnt need a light (lights also dry out the substrate quickly and so can make it difficult to keep high humidity) as long as your heat mats big enough, you could also place some insulation behind the heat mat if its not quite hot enough.
Anyway good look with it all. I'm sure youll love keeping a scorpion.
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PostSubject: Re: My New Emp   2/20/2011, 2:30 pm

Thanks a lot for the input. I moved the pad back to the side this morning and the temp is in the high 70's. I also put a towel covering about 90% of the tank on the top. I placed a lamp(not a heating lamp) over it to get some extra heat. I'm a little happier with the temperature this morning. I wanted to ask you what type of lighting should I be using to light the tank, but not harm the scorpion.
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PostSubject: Re: My New Emp   2/21/2011, 2:50 am

Most people use a infrared bulb Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My New Emp   2/21/2011, 6:47 am

Is that a real plant in the cage? If so during the day you can use a flourescent light made for aquariums. This will help any plants you have in there but i doubt your scorpion will come out when its on lol.
At night you can use a red bulb which will allow you to see the scorpion but not affect its night time activity.
But to be honest if your not growing plants in the tank you dont really need a light as long as your heat mats keeping the temp. in the high 70s.
Oh yer and if you are going to use lighting make sure it doesnt give off any UV light as this could be harmful to your scorpion. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My New Emp   2/21/2011, 2:06 pm

Yes it's a real plant, and I would like to light him just so I can see him move around. The mat does a really bad job at keeping the temp over 70 so I want to add a better heat source. Any suggestions?
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