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PostSubject: heating questions   5/9/2012, 6:41 am

Ok well I have had a female emperor for going on 6 months now. The guy at pet co told me to get a under tank heater for a 10 gallon tank. its like 8 by 6in. It keeps my tank at 70 degrees. Well I was wondering if I should maybe get one for like a 30 to 50 gallon tank to warm it up to the proper 75 to 85 degree temp. I'm not sure what to do because I can't find a decent heat lamp set up for on top of a 10 gallon tank and also I don't really feel comfortable leaving a lamp on when I'm at work. So for now I have been using the current heat pad with a small portable heater to keep it at the right temp. Does anyone have any suggestions??
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/9/2012, 7:37 am

An infrared bulb is our best bet. IR bulbs are not hard to find, and you can use a clip-on desk lamp as fixture.

But if you must use a heatpad, make sure it's on the side of the tank. A better choice to commercial heatpads is heat-tape/Flexwatt, it's much cheaper and usually heats better than the pads you get from pet stores.
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/9/2012, 8:13 am

Ok that sounds cool, Im going to try the flexwatt set up and see how that works for me. thanks dolby.
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/9/2012, 11:40 am

+1 on the IR lamp.

The issue is conductive heat vs. radiant heat. Heat pads/tape only heat the glass to which they are attached; little heat actually makes it into the tank. An IR lamp (or ceramic heat element) heats both the air and the surfaces under the lamp and is a much more effective way of getting heat into your enclosure.

Flukers makes a nice 75W dimmable clamp lamp that you can get at most LPS (Petco, Petsmart) for about $15. I use this lamp for both my Emperor and Haddy tanks.

http://www.amazon.com/Flukers-Repta-Clamp-Ceramic-Dimmable-Switch/dp/B003H1P1CG
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/9/2012, 12:33 pm

Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Im gonna definitely check the link out.
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/9/2012, 4:14 pm

DolbyR wrote:
But if you must use a heatpad, make sure it's on the side of the tank. A better choice to commercial heatpads is heat-tape/Flexwatt, it's much cheaper and usually heats better than the pads you get from pet stores.
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PostSubject: Re: heating questions   5/14/2012, 8:26 am

yeah well i decided to go with a 50 watt ir light, and its been keeping my tank at 85. Thanks for the advice everyone Very Happy
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