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Anyone currently using or have used a heater tube, the sort that can be used for a green house or conservatory, as the main ambient heat source in a viv. They seem a good price and come in lengths up to four feet or so so could be mounted at the back of the viv near the floor. With a suitable guard against any burning accidents and a thermostat I think they should be fine. Appreviate anyone with experience of using these.
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no experiance, but surely if it runs along the back of the viv there wont be a temp gradient,cool one end hot the other?
 

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I'd considered that Mark and they do a 2ft Tube which I reckon would be fine in a 4ft viv with a thermostat at the tube end to get the gradient. Anyone else think that'll work, can't see that it wouldn't
 

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thermo tubes are great, you can spray them with water to produce a warm mist if required if one is situated inside the viv.

you must use a grill to contain the tube to stop the reptile getting on it.

They are no good for a small viv unless it is situated under the viv.

I use thermotubes to great effect in my incubators.

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I use tubes on vivs from 4-8 ft and find them exellent,mine are controled by pulse stats and have heavy mesh guards.They are very good for providing an ambient back ground temp and when combined with a spot for a basking area are very good for most boid spp.
I also have a 1ft tube in my incubator and get only one degree variance from top to bottom!!
what are you planning to heat ?
 

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simonc said:
I use tubes on vivs from 4-8 ft and find them exellent,mine are controled by pulse stats and have heavy mesh guards.They are very good for providing an ambient back ground temp and when combined with a spot for a basking area are very good for most boid spp.
I also have a 1ft tube in my incubator and get only one degree variance from top to bottom!!
what are you planning to heat ?
Am looking to heat a four foot viv for my two Hogg Islands. I think a 2ft tube with guard plus a ceramic bulb as spot heat during the day and off at night would give a good gradient ambient both day and night plus a decent basking area during the day, what do you guys reckon?
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Have found this company on a web search for tube heaters. about half the price of some places 2ft tube plus guard delivered less than £25. I'll let you know how it all pans out
 
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Could youpossibly post the link for the company you have found for me please as i would be interested in swapping from ceramic to tubular heaters as well.

Thanks mate
 

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Here's the link Greenphase just put tubular heater in the search box they go up to 6ft and 360 watts! I don't think there could be many vivs that wouldn't heat effectively!!
My order's in

www.tlc-direct.co.uk
 
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Thats excellent mate thanks very much.Im going to be building 4 new vivs next year and im seriously thinking on heating this way when they are done.Ive got 2 6 footers and 2 4 footers to build for the burms and boas
 
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