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    Temp and humidity gage problems

    Hey guys I have a PVC enclosure with a radiant heat panel inside with heat tape underneath controlled by a thermostat and the heat tape only covers half so he has a warm and cool side

    Now my question is is that I never had a problem reading humidity and heat with fluker's hydrometer but lately my enclosure goes no higher than 85 degrees. Now once I mist here and there I get a nice 60%-70% humidity but the heat stays around 80-85 degrees and lower if I just misted

    I have taken him out and he is sometimes cool (mornings) but mostly he is nice and warm I'm wondering if the hydrometer is messing up or I'm using a outdated one? Or perhaps a temp gage with a probe would be better and I could bury the probe so it reads the enclosures temp and a separate humidity gage?

    They are old digital gages his current temp/humidity 80 degrees and 78% humidity by his water bowl and the other gage is 80 degrees and 70% humidity (I mixed a little wet bedding so it needs to air out)

    Bedding is cypress with moss sometimes in case I can't raise the humidity

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    Re: Temp and humidity gage problems

    I don't have any experience with Flukers, I use an Accurite. Before I got the Accurite, I used an Exoterra. Both worked well.

    Your temperatures sound about right to me, but you should have a basking spot of 85-90 degrees as measured by a temperature gun.
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    Re: Temp and humidity gage problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Homebody View Post
    I don't have any experience with Flukers, I use an Accurite. Before I got the Accurite, I used an Exoterra. Both worked well.

    Your temperatures sound about right to me, but you should have a basking spot of 85-90 degrees as measured by a temperature gun.
    There is no basking spot the light I have is a LED that I put on during the day and at night and it offers no heat whatsoever

    The heat that is generated is from the radiant heat panel and heat tape below the enclosure when I had him in a glass tank he did have a basking spot

    It is a enclosure from reptile basics but I will check out the gages you used I do have a temp gun though and have used it before I got the fluker's

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    Re: Temp and humidity gage problems

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeard9789 View Post
    There is no basking spot the light I have is a LED that I put on during the day and at night and it offers no heat whatsoever

    The heat that is generated is from the radiant heat panel and heat tape below the enclosure when I had him in a glass tank he did have a basking spot

    It is a enclosure from reptile basics but I will check out the gages you used I do have a temp gun though and have used it before I got the fluker's
    IR Temp Gun gives the most accurate temps. A temp gauge will give you air temp at the spot, but what matters most is ground temps.

    I would rely more on the temp gun and hit various spots on the hot side, middle, and cool side, to get an idea of what temps you are really dealing with.

    If I want to know ambient temps, I hit several spots with the IR temp gun in the middle and on the back wall.

    Remember, the closer the Temp Gun to the surface, the more accurate.

    I personally rely on the temp gun and not on any gauges. All my tanks are pretty dialed in now, but I still check regularly, especially when there is a dramatic shift in temps in the room.

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    Re: Temp and humidity gage problems

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBeard9789 View Post
    There is no basking spot ...
    No basking spot? I don't understand. That's what the radiant heat panel and/or heat tape is for. The basking spot should be the spot directly below your radiant heat panel and/or directly over your heat tape. Simply adjust your thermostat(s) so that spot reads between 85-90 degrees as measured by your temperature gun and you'll have a basking spot.
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