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t-girl 22-08-2019 05:51 PM

Heating
 
Hi guys, I currently have all my spiders on a shelving rack (bookcase) 1 shelf has a heat mat on it but I feel the other shelves could do with a bit more heat, am I better getting more mats and stats so each shelf has it's own or would a heat cable work?

Basin79 22-08-2019 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by t-girl (Post 13313397)
Hi guys, I currently have all my spiders on a shelving rack (bookcase) 1 shelf has a heat mat on it but I feel the other shelves could do with a bit more heat, am I better getting more mats and stats so each shelf has it's own or would a heat cable work?

Never used heat cable. Depending on what stat you use they are capable of running a few mats. It'll tell you how many watts it can handle on the stat itself. The heat mats will have their wattage on too.

Thespiderhouse 23-08-2019 06:40 PM

I have used heat cables (the type for warming soil) and they do release a gentle heat. However, I have kept tarantulas for over 30 years and unless your room temp drops below say 19 or 20° at its lowest temps, you really don't need any additional heating at all. General rule of thumb ...if you are comfortable at the room temp, your spiders will be. If you do need additional heat and want to use a heat mat /cable, they should always be mounted vertically and not heat more that 50% of the enclosure. the spider will then have the option to warm or cool at their leisure. A thermostat should also be used. u less you are running more than a dozen heat mats, a ministat100 (I.e. 100 watts) would be more than sufficient. like I said though. only need heating if your room temps are low though. Hope that helps 🙂


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