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UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:33 am
by erifley
Hi there, super new to crab keeping and am prepping a 55 gallon tank for 6 hermies a friend is going to surrender to me. I have pretty much everything else figured out other than the UTH. While in my search for a good one on Amazon, I came across seeding mats, which seem much cheaper!
Has anyone ever substituted these for UTHs? Are they as safe? What size watt would I want for a 55 gallon (in Texas)?
I was looking at this one specifically: https://www.amazon.com/VIVOSUN-Durable- ... 2Bmat&th=1

Thank you so much for your time to read and answer!

Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:52 am
by Rawrgeous
I imagine it could work rather well as long as it's safe to be insulated. :) You want to buy one that will cover the whole back of your tank to right at/ above your sub line.

Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:27 am
by erifley
I'm pretty sure this one is insulatable. I hope so because I took the chance and bought it! But it's exactly the perfect size to mount on the back of the tank :)
Thank you so much!

Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:04 pm
by Paradi
The heater that I use is just a standard heating pad for muscle aches. It's probably older than I am. My father gave it to me many many years ago. I have it set to the lowest possible setting and pressed against the back of the tank and it works flawlessly! No need to even insulate it. My tank cruises between 75-82 degrees depending on how cold it is outside, and the time of day (though it normally stays between 79-81) And the temp flunctuations are extremely stable and steady! Colder days I see 75-79 and warmer days I see 79-82


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Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:44 am
by soilentgringa
Paradi wrote:The heater that I use is just a standard heating pad for muscle aches. It's probably older than I am. My father gave it to me many many years ago. I have it set to the lowest possible setting and pressed against the back of the tank and it works flawlessly! No need to even insulate it. My tank cruises between 75-82 degrees depending on how cold it is outside, and the time of day (though it normally stays between 79-81) And the temp flunctuations are extremely stable and steady! Colder days I see 75-79 and warmer days I see 79-82


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These heating pads are not designed to be on 24/7 and to keep one on all the time puts you at risk for fire.

We absolutely do not recommend this.

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Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:32 am
by Paradi
soilentgringa wrote:
Paradi wrote:The heater that I use is just a standard heating pad for muscle aches. It's probably older than I am. My father gave it to me many many years ago. I have it set to the lowest possible setting and pressed against the back of the tank and it works flawlessly! No need to even insulate it. My tank cruises between 75-82 degrees depending on how cold it is outside, and the time of day (though it normally stays between 79-81) And the temp flunctuations are extremely stable and steady! Colder days I see 75-79 and warmer days I see 79-82


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These heating pads are not designed to be on 24/7 and to keep one on all the time puts you at risk for fire.

We absolutely do not recommend this.

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It works great for me. But thank you for letting me know :)


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Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:41 am
by n00dles33
I'm also thinking of getting on but have noticed that my crabs like to climb BEHIND a climbing mat that I have put on the back wall of my tank and I'm worried about them getting burned.. any suggestions??

Re: UTH vs Seeding Mat?

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:20 am
by Rawrgeous
n00dles33 wrote:I'm also thinking of getting on but have noticed that my crabs like to climb BEHIND a climbing mat that I have put on the back wall of my tank and I'm worried about them getting burned.. any suggestions??
If it's a regular uth I wouldn't worry about it. My crabs have direct access to the glass and no burns to date.

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