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    Net setup - all good but high humidity

    We have a new BP - a beautiful 3 mos old BEL and tested her temp enclosure and focused mainly on hot side, cool side and ambient temperature and making sure humidity was high ENOUGH but it’s really just a bit too high I think.

    We introduced the BP to the new tub setup and she seems fine - she even took her 1st rat pup in it last night very quickly.

    Its a pretty simple setup:


    • 32qt tub with reptitherm UTH and thermostat.
    • Lots and lots of holes but they are small due to size of solder iron
    • 2 hides / 1 decent size water bowl
    • Unprinted newspapers to watch for mites etc


    Paper is not wet.


    • Hot side stays around 90-91 at surface
    • Ambient temp is 70 degrees
    • Humidity stays between 85-89%


    I’m using a Govee hygrometer that I can see from my phone - it’s new and I think it’s ok. I actually have two of them and I have swapped them out and they both show the same humidity reading.

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    Re: Net setup - all good but high humidity

    Quote Originally Posted by The Night King View Post
    Hot side stays around 90-91 at surface
    • Ambient temp is 70 degrees
    • Humidity stays between 85-89%

    Your ambient is too low. Most guides I've read, including the care guide on this forum, say 80F. I've read some that say 75F. Nobody says 70F. Hopefully, when you raise the ambient, it'll lower the humidity.
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    Re: Net setup - all good but high humidity

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    Your ambient is too low. Most guides I've read, including the care guide on this forum, say 80F. I've read some that say 75F. Nobody says 70F. Hopefully, when you raise the ambient, it'll lower the humidity.

    Thanks -

    I will raise the temp of the heat mat a bit and see what that changes the surface temps to and see if that helps.

    If not -

    Would next the best way to do this simply cut out a 6' or so diameter hole in top - cover with some mesh and fashion a heat lamp directly over the top and monitor closely?

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    Re: Net setup - all good but high humidity

    Quote Originally Posted by The Night King View Post
    I will raise the temp of the heat mat a bit and see what that changes the surface temps to and see if that helps.

    If not -

    Would next the best way to do this simply cut out a 6' or so diameter hole in top - cover with some mesh and fashion a heat lamp directly over the top and monitor closely?
    No. You can't raise the temp on the heat mat. That would raise his basking temp too high. It wouldn't wouldn't lower humidity anyway. In your previous thread, you proposed using a small space heater to raise the ambient. Did that not work?
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    What size is the UTH compared to the "floor" of tub? You never want to heat the whole floor (for obvious safety reasons) but if you can leave at least 1/3 of the floor unheated, it might be better to add another UTH (or replace this one with a larger one) rather than trying to use an overhead heat lamp on a plastic tub- just saying.
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    The UTH is about 1/3 of the tub on hot side on bottom.

    I do have a space heater but I haven’t been using it. I was worried that it would make the whole set up just to warm, but I will turn it on and monitored closely and see if that helps… Does this seem like it’s the right distance - meaning how close it is to the side of the tub?




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    Re: Net setup - all good but high humidity

    Quote Originally Posted by The Night King View Post
    I do have a space heater but I haven’t been using it. I was worried that it would make the whole set up just to warm, but I will turn it on and monitored closely and see if that helps… Does this seem like it’s the right distance - meaning how close it is to the side of the tub?

    Assuming that moving the tub to a warmer room isn't an option, I would set up the heater (regulated with a thermostat) as far away as you can and move it incrementally closer until it's able to maintain the ambient in the enclosure in the 75F-80F range.
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    Also, rooms tend to be colder (& a bit drafty) near windows- not to mention that if you open the blinds & too much sun pours in, the excess heat can even kill a captive snake. So enclosures of any kind are best not located near windows.
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    Re: Net setup - all good but high humidity

    Cold air cannot hold as much water as warm air so humidity percentage will be higher, if you increase the ambient air the humidity percentage will drop


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