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    Re: How to set up a PVC cage (AP T8) With Pictures!

    OK, so i just ordered a 3x2x15" PVC cage from boamaster (didn't want to wait 3+ months from AP). I got a 40 watt RHP and 24" flourescent light fixture. My question is, should i use flexwatt or not? Do I need to provide belly heat if the rhp is maintaining the hot side temp? I have her in a tub right now, with a CHE and flexwatt. It takes both to get enough heat without dropping the humidity. I am wondering if I need the flxwatt, or if putting something for her to hang out on that is warmed by the RHP, like a piece of slate, would be ok?

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    Re: How to set up a PVC cage (AP T8) With Pictures!

    Quote Originally Posted by reptilemom25 View Post
    OK, so i just ordered a 3x2x15" PVC cage from boamaster (didn't want to wait 3+ months from AP). I got a 40 watt RHP and 24" flourescent light fixture. My question is, should i use flexwatt or not? Do I need to provide belly heat if the rhp is maintaining the hot side temp? I have her in a tub right now, with a CHE and flexwatt. It takes both to get enough heat without dropping the humidity. I am wondering if I need the flxwatt, or if putting something for her to hang out on that is warmed by the RHP, like a piece of slate, would be ok?
    Where did you end up with this? For longer cages with a RHP on one end, it may be possible the gradient results in too low of a temp on the far end (I'm guessing not in your case). In that instance, a low end setting on a separate thermostat could regulate the low end temp of the cage in the event it is dropping too much. Checking temps would tell you one thing, observing where your animal hangs out could also be an indicator. Some people want to cycle day and night temps and I think the addition of flexwatt to an existing RHP in a two thermostat setup gives additional options for fine tuning.

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    Re: How to set up a PVC cage (AP T8) With Pictures!

    Quote Originally Posted by XPLSV View Post
    Where did you end up with this? For longer cages with a RHP on one end, it may be possible the gradient results in too low of a temp on the far end (I'm guessing not in your case). In that instance, a low end setting on a separate thermostat could regulate the low end temp of the cage in the event it is dropping too much. Checking temps would tell you one thing, observing where your animal hangs out could also be an indicator. Some people want to cycle day and night temps and I think the addition of flexwatt to an existing RHP in a two thermostat setup gives additional options for fine tuning.
    I have found that the 40 watt RHP has done a great job. I get 88 hot side and 79-80 cool side. Astrid uses both.


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    Having Trouble Setting Temps AP T8

    I recently got a T8 heated only by a 75 watt pro heat panel, and am using a herpstat 1! However, I’m having a lot of trouble getting the temps that I need! I either have hot side spots in excess of 99, or cool side floor temps around 70-73 degrees! I currently have my probe hanging just above the cool side hide, and set to 80. However, even with the probe reading 80 I appear to have uncomfortably low cool side temps sitting around 74 at the substrate, and a hottest temp of around 103 on top of his hot side hide. I can’t seem to get any help anywhere and I’m a bit desperate. What do I need to do to get this right?
    Last edited by Mcm730; 08-02-2019 at 11:29 PM. Reason: Adding the question.

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