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    The solution if you are using a tank!

    Ok, I've been listening to the same question about covering a Ball Python tank for FAR too long, so I'm going to chime in. This is regarding Ball Pythons in aquariums. I've heard people say to "cover the tank partially with..." a wet towel, plastic wrap, foil tape, your mother in laws granny panties.... All decent, but ugly solutions.

    Here is a better one! go to your local plastic shop and ask them to cut out a piece of PVC/X for you to the same size as your tank. Then have them cut out a circle that is 2" larger in diameter than your heat lamp (which will leave approx 1 " spacing all around). As well, have them cut (3) 1" holes on the other end. Place this plastic on top of your LOCKED grill lid.

    The heat will warm the air on the 1 side of the tank, which will cause cooler/fresher air to be sucked in through the holes on the other end. This will help to keep the tank full of fresh air, while still keeping it sealed off enough to maintain heat and humidity. If you find that you're still having humidity issues then go to the store and buy a reptifogger. Fill is with distilled water and put it on a timer. Run the hose into 1 of the 3 holes. Set the timer to turn on as often as you need to in order to keep your humidity. Maybe once a day for 10 minutes, maybe once hour for 2 minutes.

    Last edited by Rickys_Reptiles; 07-17-2013 at 02:13 PM. Reason: spelling....think I got it all fixed

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    The solution if you are using a tank!

    Brilliant! And that granny panty comment cracked me up. Thank you!!

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    Beauty Ricky!

    I have just recently suggested something similar to a friend who needed to retain humidity. They didn't need a heat lamp, so I just told them to go to home depot and grab a sheet of 1/4" Lexan and to drill some holes along one end for ventilation.
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    The solution if you are using a tank!

    Have you done this or is it an idea? I'd be worried about the plastic getting bumped and contacting the housing of the heat bulb and melting.
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    Re: The solution if you are using a tank!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike41793 View Post
    Have you done this or is it an idea? I'd be worried about the plastic getting bumped and contacting the housing of the heat bulb and melting.
    It is something I did ages ago when I used tanks. Your concerns are valid; this isn't an idiot proof solution. It's safer than a towel though, as PVC/X is much more heat resistant than cotton

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    This sounds like a good idea. I might have to try it for Ellas tank.

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    Re: The solution if you are using a tank!

    Quote Originally Posted by CrystalRose View Post
    This sounds like a good idea. I might have to try it for Ellas tank.
    I think Ella will enjoy it

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    I think she will too. I don't want to switch to tubs right now since I only have the one. Plus I'm up half the night and I like seeing her when she comes out to cruise around a few times before she goes back to her hide.

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