What method you used to keep warm in the past winter?

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What method you used to keep warm in the past winter?

Post by tonycoenobita » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:53 pm

I jsut want to figure out what method everyone used for keeping warm for your crabs.

I used sheet heater that bought from Japan.
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Post by Guest » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:03 am

I use a heating pad in the winter (I put it on top of the screen lid). That in combination with a heating lamp and a few UTH's keep my tank warm in the harsh Minnesota weather. :shock:


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Post by Guest » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:42 am

I used sunglo/nightglo and UTH. What is a sheet heater?


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Post by Guest » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:46 am

Last winter I experimented with a waterbed heater with moderate success. However it must be monitored fairly closely even with the temperature guage that is attached to it.

When we moved to the new house I actually put the tank right next to a vent and haven't had any problems this year thankfully, but I also use a sunglo during the day.


the waterbed heater trials may be in the archives here


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Post by Hermit_of_Hermit_Crabs » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:34 am

I used UTHs, moonglos, and a small space heater with a thermostat.

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Post by HERMEZ » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:15 pm

I use free standing oil radiators---it costs a bit but it works :)
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Post by tonycoenobita » Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:36 am

stacy wrote:I used sunglo/nightglo and UTH. What is a sheet heater?
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Post by mrbonzai211 » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:15 pm

A UTH on the inside of the tank half under and half over the substrate and I also use tin foil to line the lid because it is a better heat insulator than saran wrap.
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Post by Willow » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:37 pm

I have a rather powerful 125 watt brood lamp (the kind farmers use for warming chicks and piglets) sitting on top of the screen lid of my 75g tank. The rest of the screen is covered in vinyl to keep the humidity in. I also have it hooked to a thermostat; I wouldn't recommend using such high wattage without one. It's kept the crabitat temp around 75-80 degrees, with the house temp being 64 degrees. One of the Straws likes to sit directly under the lamp, which alarmed me at first, but so far, so good. I'm sure they bask in the sun in the wild.


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Post by Guest » Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:08 pm

I use a UTH and a light. (70 watts I think?) my biggest problem is that my ISO is often too hot with the UTH but too cold without it, so I've had to juggle that a little.

that is a very cool-looking sheet heater. does it work well?


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Post by Guest » Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:42 pm

I use UTH's & heat bulbs. :)


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Post by Guest » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:45 pm

I just used my good 'ole UTH, but the house never really got that cold, and the winter as a whole wasn't as cold as it usually is up north here, so I had not problems with the temperature!

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Post by Ryanstein » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:42 pm

I use a night-glo at night, and sun-glo during the day, with an UTH. The UTH keeps the ground warm, while the light keeps my second levels warm. :)
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Post by Guest » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:53 pm

Ryanstein wrote:I use a night-glo at night, and sun-glo during the day, with an UTH. The UTH keeps the ground warm, while the light keeps my second levels warm. :)
I did the exact same thing in both of my tanks. I think the only thing I'll change for the summer is to use only one moon-glo instead of two, and possibly turn off the UTH.

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Post by DustAndEchoes » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:20 pm

I had 2 UTH's, then I velcroed foam board around the out side for insulation. On the really cold nights, I topped the crabitat off with a folded blanket.

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