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I have a 4x2x2 viv ready for my royal.............it has orchid bark substrate wood and hides with sum moss under one of the pieces of wood.
A 40w bulb up one end caged and a matt on the floor up the warm end.

I got told to put the sensor 2 inches above the mat and substrate but i have found the bark didnt get warm or hot but the matt was really hot so i placed the sensor directly onto the matt. Is this right?????????

Middle of my tank is 75 degrees Does this sound ok????? or 60w bulb?

shall i keep the matt??????????????
 

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personally I'd ditch the lot and get a 150W ceramic bulb for heating a viv that size.

For royals you're looking at trying to create a gradient between 78-90F
78-80 at coolest - 90f warm and 84f ish ambient (middle)
 

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you made this thread twice....?
 

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I've no idea as to running costs. It's not something I think about TBH. Ceramics don't produce visual light so won't be wasting energy trying to do that like a normal bulb will. What size heatmat are you currently using?
 

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why hav you made this thread like 3+ times? =S
 
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