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Old 22-11-2011, 10:00 PM
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Hey guys, quick question about the use of heat mats under vivs. I opted for this method as it seemed safer than inside. But, would the weight of the viv on the mat not cause thermal blocking? I havn't seen an overheating problem as yet but it just occured to me. Would it be a sensible idea to perhaps put feet on the bottom of the viv and then tape the mat to the bottom so there is a flow of air underneath?
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Depends what the viv is made of I would have thought??
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:02 PM
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Hey guys, quick question about the use of heat mats under vivs. I opted for this method as it seemed safer than inside. But, would the weight of the viv on the mat not cause thermal blocking? I havn't seen an overheating problem as yet but it just occured to me. Would it be a sensible idea to perhaps put feet on the bottom of the viv and then tape the mat to the bottom so there is a flow of air underneath?
IMO pointless under a viv, needs to go inside in order to get desired temps.
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:13 PM
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if it's a wooden viv it would be completely pointless! the heat would not be able to penetrate through the thick would. even if it was powerful enough to get through the wood there wouldn't be much of a hot spot i don't think.

if it's a glass viv then that's a different story! always inside for me though. you can cover the mat with all sorts!
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:14 PM
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Don't put it under a wooden viv. They can overheat dangerously and don't warm the viv properly anyway. They can go outside a glass viv, but be careful what substrate you have inside and how thick it is. Even with glass, I would be wary of putting them underneath to be honest.
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You'd probably be best just opting for a ceramic bulb, reptile radiator etc.
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:16 PM
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Depends what the viv is made of I would have thought??
Its a wooden one. Well, I say wood, I really mean chipboard with a wood effect finish.

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IMO pointless under a viv, needs to go inside in order to get desired temps.
Just checked the actual temp of the viv floor and it is sitting at 30.4, stat is set at 30. The actual mat (well the bit sticking out from under the viv) is 32.6. So it's letting through heat fine.
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Asking for trouble IMO, ditch the mat and get a ceramic,
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Old 22-11-2011, 10:54 PM
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As said either go with a ceramic or put the heat mat inside the viv and either secure it down with aquarium sealant or warm hide, stones, bits of wood etc.
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Old 22-11-2011, 11:35 PM
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Thanks for the replys folks. Yeah I know a ceramic would be the best option, I have one for my royal, and I will get one for this one too when he's a bit bigger (he's a 2 year old king by the way and only about 2.5 foot) but for the moment, he has the mat. So until I upgrade to the bulb, what is the best way I can use the mat, a- put it inside with a waterproof cover, or b- keep it underneath but raise the viv and mat off the surface a bit to allow air flow??
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