Vote for BP.Net for the 2013 Forum of the Year! Click here for more info.

» Site Navigation

» Home
 > FAQ


» Today's Birthdays

None

» Stats

Members: 62,521
Threads: 235,602
Posts: 2,440,434
Top Poster: JLC (31,652)
Welcome to our newest member, primordia
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Registered User rufretic's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-05-2017
    Posts
    726
    Thanks
    547
    Thanked 647 Times in 386 Posts
    Images: 11

    ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    Ok so I just got my new ARS hatchling rack built and setup, itís awesome! But, I keep my snakes in my basement and it stays around 65. My other racks the ambient is in the mid 70s with the 11Ē heat tape I used and everyone has been fine, no issues. This new rack is not getting warm enough ambient from the 4Ē heat tape, itís set at a 95 hot spot and still the ambient wonít go past 65. Is this not going to work? I have no idea what to do if it wonít, I canít heat the whole basement so I donít know how to get the ambient temp up. I only have a few weeks to get this right before Iím going to have hatchlings to put in it. Will they be ok as long as they have the hot spot to regulate their temp or do I need to get the ambient up somehow? Any help or suggestions would be great.

    Here it is



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    BPnet Veteran highqualityballz's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-10-2015
    Posts
    517
    Thanks
    57
    Thanked 117 Times in 94 Posts
    Yeah Iíd say 65 ambient is not gonna work. I suggest maybe making a little room in your basement and heat that instead of having to heat the whole basement. Iíve even seen breeders keep their collection in hydroponic grow tents. I know thatís probably not gonna help you as you need a quick solution but I thought I throw out a few suggestions.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to highqualityballz For This Useful Post:

    rufretic (07-07-2018)

  4. #3
    BPnet Veteran jmcrook's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-05-2016
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    1,579
    Thanks
    2,930
    Thanked 1,775 Times in 914 Posts
    Images: 13

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    What type of racks do you have that are staying in the mid 70s in the same basement?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  5. #4
    BPnet Veteran treaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-11-2015
    Location
    California
    Posts
    320
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked 281 Times in 140 Posts
    Images: 1
    An oil heater in front of it on a thermostat can help your ambient. It can run up the power bill though.

    Ultimately, open air racks are meant for heated rooms. I keep mine in the smallest room of my house with an oil heater and humidifier to keep the whole room at the ideal temp and humidity.
    6.10 Ball Pythons
    1.1 Brazilian Rainbow Boas - "Marco and Esmeralda"
    1.0 Jungle Jaguar Carpet Python - "Rossi"
    1.1 Boa Imperator Rescues - "Clifford and Bonnie"
    0.1 Hog Island Boa - "Luna"
    1.0 Dumeril's Boa - "Sage"

    RIP Wintre
    My iHerp Page

  6. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to treaux For This Useful Post:

    jmcrook (07-07-2018),JodanOrNoDan (07-11-2018)

  7. #5
    Registered User rufretic's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-05-2017
    Posts
    726
    Thanks
    547
    Thanked 647 Times in 386 Posts
    Images: 11

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    What type of racks do you have that are staying in the mid 70s in the same basement?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    Homemade. I think they vent less and they have the much larger heat tape.

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to rufretic For This Useful Post:

    jmcrook (07-07-2018)

  9. #6
    BPnet Veteran jmcrook's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-05-2016
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    1,579
    Thanks
    2,930
    Thanked 1,775 Times in 914 Posts
    Images: 13

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by rufretic View Post
    Homemade. I think they vent less and they have the much larger heat tape.
    Covering all the sides of the new rack with foil lined foam insulation would probably help a little. Wouldnít look very aesthetically pleasing though


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  10. #7
    Registered User rufretic's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-05-2017
    Posts
    726
    Thanks
    547
    Thanked 647 Times in 386 Posts
    Images: 11

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Covering all the sides of the new rack with foil lined foam insulation would probably help a little. Wouldnít look very aesthetically pleasing though


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Thatís actually on my homemade racks already so maybe itís helping more than I thought. Iím going to put it on this one and run all the heat tape even though they wonít all be full. The extra heat and the insulation will hopefully be enough to get the ambient up a bit.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to rufretic For This Useful Post:

    jmcrook (07-07-2018)

  12. #8
    BPnet Veteran cchardwick's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-13-2016
    Location
    Bailey, Colorado
    Posts
    1,658
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 1,023 Times in 613 Posts
    Images: 16
    I'm thinking grow tent too, you could add a space heater on a thermostat and a fan in there to keep the air all the same temp. I keep my ambient at 81F and my hotspot at 88 F. Another option would be to build your own enclosure. I'd use 2x2 lumber, it's real cheap. Use that along with 1/4" plywood and build something on three sides and the top. Then on the front you could put some plastic, or totally enclose it and build a door, or maybe use a removable front somehow...

    Here's a couple photos that may give you an idea, I built this about 20 years ago back when I had canaries. the building was in my garage, I made it the same size as a sheet of plywood, 4 feet x 8 feet.




    "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;
    they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands!"
    -Jesus

  13. #9
    Registered User rufretic's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-05-2017
    Posts
    726
    Thanks
    547
    Thanked 647 Times in 386 Posts
    Images: 11

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    For anyone that runs into this issue, taping insulation board to the sides and back is a quick easy fix. I was shocked it made as big a difference as it did but that change alone brought my ambient temp from 65 up to 73. Itís still low but I think I can live with it and the snakes should be fine with it and a 92 hot spot to warm up if needed. It doesnít look too terrible.



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to rufretic For This Useful Post:

    jmcrook (07-11-2018)

  15. #10
    BPnet Veteran jmcrook's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-05-2016
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    1,579
    Thanks
    2,930
    Thanked 1,775 Times in 914 Posts
    Images: 13

    Re: ARS rack, ambient temp too low?

    Quote Originally Posted by rufretic View Post
    For anyone that runs into this issue, taping insulation board to the sides and back is a quick easy fix. I was shocked it made as big a difference as it did but that change alone brought my ambient temp from 65 up to 73. Itís still low but I think I can live with it and the snakes should be fine with it and a 92 hot spot to warm up if needed. It doesnít look too terrible.



    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Nice! Glad that worked out. Might even get another degree to two higher if you insulate the top? Heat rises so theoretically youíd trap at least some heat Iíd imagine


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1