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Old 03-09-2009, 02:10 PM
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Quick question - If I get a "habistat" heat mat, are these designed to regulate their temperature.

If you look at: Habistat: Thermostats & Heat Mats. The climate control Specialists , if I got say the 12W mat, would it turn off/lower power if there was too much heat (is the thermostat built in?).

If I just got one of these, and a basic digital thermometer, would it be enough? I'm seeing all these thermostats etc but they're all for 100W which seems like overkill to me.
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:42 PM
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No the thermostat is not built in to the heat mat. You will need a separate thermostat. The thermostat can be any make and the 100W is the maximum not the minimum capacity. So, get a heatmat (habistat ones are good, personally I do not like exo-terra), a thermostat - does not have to be same make - just get one that says mat-stat, and a digital thermometer - I like the ones with two probes so you can monitor the temperature at both ends of the vivarium. Attach the thermostat to the heatmat and set the thermostat to roughly the temperature you want (88 - 90F for Leos). Place the thermostat probe on or by the heatmat. Place the thermometer probe on the floor of the viv at the warm end. Monitor the temperature (with the thermometer). If it is too high then just turn the thermostat down - if too low then turn the thermostat up. Hope that helps.
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It helps me LOADS thank you I was wondering how it was all going to work when my mat stat arrives tomorrow
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:09 AM
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It helps me LOADS thank you I was wondering how it was all going to work when my mat stat arrives tomorrow
Glad it helps. It can seem complicated when you start but after you have been using them for a while it all starts to make sense. The thing is not to take too much notice of what temperature the thermostat dial is set to - it is the actual temperature on the thermometer that matters. If, even when the stat is set to highest, you have problems getting high enough temperatures then move the stat probe further from the heat source.
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