Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

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Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by alhj » Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:33 pm

I replaced my does-absolutely-no-heating ZooMed UTH and bought a nice Ultratherm UTH. It's the full length of my 10gallon tank. So far, it is keeping my tank 5 degrees above room temperature, consistently. This is pretty good most of the time, but now that winter is approaching 5 degrees above room temperature is only going to keep the tank at 73. Granted, it's a bit warmer in the back up against the heater, but still. I'd like the temp overall to be at least 75. I know I've seen pictures of people insulating the heater. I currently have 2 layers of corrugated cardboard with foil on the front covering the back of my tank. But I think I can probably do better.

Before I buy yet more crab supplies, I thought I'd get advice from you all that we know works. So, how do you insulate your Ultratherm UTH to raise it's heating capabilities? Thanks.

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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by alela » Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:13 pm

I live in Arizona, so temperature is not a problem. I have seen others, though, insulate their tank with Reflectix! They cover the whole back, where the heater is at :)

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Post by MrTeacherDude » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:47 pm

Without Reflectix, my tank with just my Ultratherm UTH was hovering around 75-76°. When my Reflectix arrived from Amazon, I covered the entire back and the sides above the sub. My temp is constantly at 82-86° now.


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Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by MrTeacherDude » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:49 pm

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Reflectix inside and outside my tank.

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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by Kermie16 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:04 pm

Ditto for us too!! We have reflectix covering the entire backside of our tat insulating our Ultratherm and on both sides of the tat as well to keep the temp between 81-85 degrees. When our power went out with Hurricane Matthew I covered the entire tank with reflectix:)


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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by littletechcrab » Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:15 am

Same here I use Reflections. It insulates very well. Living in Pennsylvania it can get pretty cold here but my tank is usually never lower than 80 degrees.

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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by littletechcrab » Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:55 am

littletechcrab wrote:Same here I use Reflections. It insulates very well. Living in Pennsylvania it can get pretty cold here but my tank is usually never lower than 80 degrees.

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Post by PinchersAndShells » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:15 am

I couldn't get ahold of Reflectix because it's a bit pricey, I currently use a layer of aluminum foil, cardboard, and another layer of aluminum foil as insulation. This covers the entire back of the tank.
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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by Kermie16 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:01 am

That should work well!


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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by curlysister » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:59 pm

I am in the process of upgrading to a larger tank, and am trying to figure out the heating. Is the Reflectix overtop of the UTH mounted on the side?
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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by littletechcrab » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:07 pm

Yes put the reflectix over the uth. I use clear packing tape to attach both the uth and the refectix and only on the edges of the uth away from the heating element part

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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by MrTeacherDude » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:38 pm

curlysister wrote:I am in the process of upgrading to a larger tank, and am trying to figure out the heating. Is the Reflectix overtop of the UTH mounted on the side?
I have Reflectix over my UTH on the back as well as the rest of the back above the sub. I also have Reflectix on both sides of my tank (without UTH's) above the sub, to keep the sides insulated since my classroom stays very chilly.


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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by bbcraft22 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:35 am

Ive read the reviews and it sounds really good! I might ask my mom if I can get it bcause usually it is 75 degrees in my area.


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Re: Ultratherm UTH insulating questions

Post by Visual » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:04 pm

Woah I need to get me some of that. Have any of you guys experienced higher crab activity levels when the Temps in your tank stay higher??

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Post by PinchersAndShells » Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:05 pm

Visual wrote:Woah I need to get me some of that. Have any of you guys experienced higher crab activity levels when the Temps in your tank stay higher??

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