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I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermiesguardian » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:39 pm

I had a 40 gal and upgraded to a 90. I was told that the bigger tanks are more stable, heatwise. But I wanted more crabs and set up my 40 gal again. All's been fine and dandy. Until it got cold. I've been having trouble keeping the temp over 77 deg. Then I remembered how much trouble I had last winter. Ugh!
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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by ciaraalston » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:33 pm

Uh oh! Hopefully you're able to insulate and get some stable.conditions! congrats on upgrading

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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermiesguardian » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:42 pm

ciaraalston wrote:Uh oh! Hopefully you're able to insulate and get some stable.conditions! congrats on upgrading Image

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Thank you. I upgraded in January. Lol. The 40 has an Ultratherm and cardboard on top of it.
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Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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Post by GotButterflies » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:22 am

Do aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat and then cardboard. :) That will help!
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Post by Hermiesguardian » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:30 am

GotButterflies wrote:Do aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat and then cardboard. :) That will help!
Thank you!
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Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermie escape artist » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:50 am

Hermiesguardian wrote:
GotButterflies wrote:Do aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat and then cardboard. :) That will help!
Thank you!
So aluminum foil then cardboard ... ? Wondering the order ?

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Post by Hermie escape artist » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:52 am

My crabbie actually stays away from the heat ...thought it be the other way around ... I moved his fav wood closer to the heat.. and he actually got off of it and he is always on the wood ! Always ! Unless he is roaming around to eat or dig ... he started digging in the new sand

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Post by GotButterflies » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:57 am

Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
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I forgot about the instability

Post by RiNiKy506 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:10 am

GotButterflies wrote:Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
Is Reflectix an insulation? I still haven’t insulated my tank, just have a towel on the back. I was going to get the poly pro insulation board but it’s too big to fit in my car so I haven’t yet. Tank temp has been ok at 77, but I definitely need to get it insulated before it ends up freezing outside, plus I’d like to get my temp up to 80 and keep it there.

@Hermiesguardian did you get your tank stabilized?


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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermiesguardian » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:15 am

RiNiKy506 wrote:
GotButterflies wrote:Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
Is Reflectix an insulation? I still haven’t insulated my tank, just have a towel on the back. I was going to get the poly pro insulation board but it’s too big to fit in my car so I haven’t yet. Tank temp has been ok at 77, but I definitely need to get it insulated before it ends up freezing outside, plus I’d like to get my temp up to 80 and keep it there.

@Hermiesguardian did you get your tank stabilized?


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It seems to stay at 77 but I'd like it warmer. I do have reflexit so I'll switch to that. It's possible that's what I used last winter and just forgot. Because I have the cardboard already cut to size so I put that on.
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Raising daughter's hermit crabs, Shelder, Paras and Derek. Added 2 more of my own (of course) Pete and Stryper. Former mommy to 2 guinea pigs and beloved cat, Nissi

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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermie escape artist » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:32 am

GotButterflies wrote:Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
Is the reflective tape just tape ? Or does that plug in ?? I know there is like heat tape !?? And THANKS OK !!!

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Post by PinchersAndShells » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:58 am

Hermie escape artist wrote:
GotButterflies wrote:Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
Is the reflective tape just tape ? Or does that plug in ?? I know there is like heat tape !?? And THANKS OK !!!

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Reflectix tape is just regular tape. Reflectix insulation comes in big rolls. Heat tape is different.

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Re: I forgot about the instability

Post by Hermie escape artist » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:06 am

PinchersAndShells wrote:
Hermie escape artist wrote:
GotButterflies wrote:Yes - heater, then aluminum foil - shiny side facing the crabitat, then cardboard or styrofoam. Repeat with aluminum foil if necessary. Or - you can use a product called Reflectix. It looks like a car shade. Hang it all with duct tape, packaging tape or reflectix tape. I personally use reflectix because you can cut it to your tank size and use it year after year. :) I store it in the closet. Works great. A roll of it is around $14 (or cheaper in some areas - at Lowe's/Home Depot/ Amazon) and you get more than enough.

Edit: If you have an Alicco, or Zoomed - you have to insulate AROUND them. They are already insulated.
Is the reflective tape just tape ? Or does that plug in ?? I know there is like heat tape !?? And THANKS OK !!!

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Reflectix tape is just regular tape. Reflectix insulation comes in big rolls. Heat tape is different.

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