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Old 25-01-2013, 02:15 PM
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we have installed the heating and lights, we have a dimming thermostat connected to the 60w basking light. the probe is on the cool side. i have set the temp on the stat to 80-85f for the cool end but the light doesnt stay on once its hit the right temp. some places i read its good to have the probe on the cool end and others say the hot end.

can someone help me? :s
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Old 25-01-2013, 02:47 PM
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Put your probe on the hot end, never on the cold end really as then your hot end would most likely end up getting far too hot.

What size viv are you using? The wattage of your bulb depends on your viv size for it to regulate the cool end properly by itself basically. (I use 150w for my 6x2x2, 75w for my 4x2x2 and 50w on my 3x2x2 - this also depends on the reptile though as for beardies when I kept them I always used 60w normal light bulbs in 4x2x2's but my snakes have red bulbs which come in 50w/75w/100w/150w)
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Old 25-01-2013, 03:22 PM
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how big is your viv?


you really just need to play about with the probe till the temperatures are right, but if a 60watt is constantly dimming it sounds like it could be a small viv.
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Old 25-01-2013, 05:04 PM
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I have a 3 x 2 x 2 until we upgrade do you think the air flow could have anything to do with it? :s

ive been moving it around every 2/3 hours and the results are the same =/
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it could be. what temps are you getting on the basking spot, and the hot end?
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Old 25-01-2013, 05:09 PM
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they are both at 32 degrees atm :s
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Old 31-01-2013, 08:33 AM
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Personally play with ur probe move it about slightly as this might help the matter
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Old 31-01-2013, 03:41 PM
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I'd put the probe at the hot end and then aim for what temp you want that end to be. Depending on the viv, the cool end should then be around 10F cooler.
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