Under the tank heater?

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Under the tank heater?

Post by Huckleberry » Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:10 pm

I have had an under the tank heater for a while now and my crabs seem fine with it, but I have recently been told that those are hazards to my crabs and the substrate? Should I remove them?
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Re: Under the tank heater?

Post by wodesorel » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:34 pm

If it's underneath the tank then yes. They are not designed to heat through more than a 1/2 inch of substrate. Doing so will result in colder air temps, and can cause the pad to overheat or even catch fire since it's trapped between a stand/surface and the substrate.

They are safe to use on the back of the tank, where they heat the air, and excess heat can escape. Most crabbers end up going with UTHs because they are easier to use and safer for the owner than heat bulbs.

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Re: Under the tank heater?

Post by Huckleberry » Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:44 pm

Thank you! They are safely on the back. : )
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Re: Under the tank heater?

Post by SLEPTAS » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Okay I've seen alot of people say put it on the back not the bottom and just so I dont confuse my self this means on one of the sides of the tank right?

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Re: Under the tank heater?

Post by wodesorel » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:14 pm

Yes! On one of the sides, preferably the longest one.

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Re: Under the tank heater?

Post by Hermiesguardian » Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:38 pm

SLEPTAS wrote:Okay I've seen alot of people say put it on the back not the bottom and just so I dont confuse my self this means on one of the sides of the tank right?

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