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    Hey, so my tub's dimensions are 40 x 20 x 6.125 inches. My heat mat is 10 x 20.75 inches. How much of the bottom do you want it to cover?

    The UTH covers about 1/3 of the tub if I lay it vertically. If horizontally it covers about 1/2 but it doesn't touch the sides of the tub, only the middle.

    I'm opting for vertically as 1/3 of the bottom seems right from what I've seen to create a proper gradient. What do you guys think?

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne View Post
    Here's a picture through the tub of my pastel mystic potion.

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    Oh my lord it's such a stunning looker ... I'd hate to have to watch that through plastic ..

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Display snakes with occasional handling ...


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    When I used tubs I used the Hefty 52qts. I used s heat pads mounted to corrugated plastic and regulated by a dual output thermostat so I could have 1 side set to 78 degrees and the other side 88 degrees. That covered most of the bottom but left the perimeter in case of a heat emergency. I also used dog bowl hides and the temps and humidity were spot on. Being in Northern Vermont and using a 40B originally, my temps and humidity were things I battled with constantly so switching to the tub made all the difference for me.

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    To illustrate I used a different brand and size of tub but it still shows how I could get good surface contact with my regulated heat pad but not have to attach the pad to the tub. The probe is secured to the pad with a relief allowance so as not cause warping or a pressure point on the mat. The shallow depth of the tubs, the dog bowl hides and using 2 30-40 gallon size UTH to cover most of the 52qt tub floor meant that even when it was -20f outside and I was experiencing tepid temps in my apartment, my snakes were adequately warm and humid. Really, the switch transformed snake keeping for me into a passion.

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    Oh my lord it's such a stunning looker ... I'd hate to have to watch that through plastic ..

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    I feel the same way. Lots of folks think Im nuts for setting up pvc cages with rhp for each of my snakes, but I like to watch them...even the ones that hide 85% of the time. The only reason Loki and Selene are in these tubs is for quarantine. Once that period is over, theyll move into their new Reptile Basics cages.
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    Buttercup - 2015 1.0 Albino ball python;
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    Loki - 2018 1.0 Pastel Mystic Potion

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne View Post
    I feel the same way. Lots of folks think Im nuts for setting up pvc cages with rhp for each of my snakes, but I like to watch them...even the ones that hide 85% of the time. The only reason Loki and Selene are in these tubs is for quarantine. Once that period is over, theyll move into their new Reptile Basics cages.
    I guess if someone just has one then it's not such an issue but for people like me who got up to 24 snakes ( at worst/best ) when you've got banks of vivs full of snakes there will always be a few climbing around ..so that's when vivs / tanks come into their own


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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    I guess if someone just has one then it's not such an issue but for people like me who got up to 24 snakes ( at worst/best ) when you've got banks of vivs full of snakes there will always be a few climbing around ..so that's when vivs / tanks come into their own


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    Same here....I have 14 and will be 15 before too long. Most are bps but I regularly see the cornsnake and redtail boa.
    Duncan - 1992 0.1 Colombian redtail;
    Hudson - 1988 1.0 Colombian rainbow;
    Yang - 2002 1.0 Corn snake;
    Merlin - 2000 1.0 Solomon Island ground boa;
    Eli - 1990 1.0 Normal ball python;
    Buttercup - 2015 1.0 Albino ball python;
    Artemis - 2015 0.1 Dragonfly ball python;
    Orion - 2015 1.0 Banana Pinstripe ball python;
    Button - 2018 1.0 Blue Eyed Lucy ball python;
    Piper - 2018 0.1 Piebald ball python;
    Belle - 2018 0.1 Lemonblast ball python;
    Sabrina - 2017 0.1 Mojave ball python;
    Selene - 2017 0.1 Banana Mojave ball python;
    Loki - 2018 1.0 Pastel Mystic Potion

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    ^ I am also switching because I will be going on vacation this year and I want the care for my BP to be as easy and straightforward as possible for whoever is watching him. I won't be able to get someone to come mist the tank 3x a day.

    I'd love to get a PVC enclosure someday, but my BP is only a pastel and I think he's beautiful but I'd save the expensive enclosures for my dream snake like a clown BP or carpet python.

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    Re: Tub Tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne View Post
    Same here....I have 14 and will be 15 before too long. Most are bps but I regularly see the cornsnake and redtail boa.
    Yeah , even my Royals are active in the evenings when I'm home .. they spend a surprising length of time climbing around branches .


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