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Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:24 am
by FSkerlak
My father in law has a bigger tank that I can use and I was wondering if I could remove my ZooMed UTHs from my current tank and put them on the new tank? I read that I shouldn't, but then some people say I can and just use aluminum tape to put them back on if they don't stick. And, I think I can't insulate the zoomeds so I didn't know if taping them was kind of like insulating?

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Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:02 pm
by odelayheehoo
Those heaters are adhesive-backed, and while they aren't meant to be removed, they still can be if you are cautious not to get any sort of debris or touch the backside. I have taken these types of heaters of tanks many times in the past, but I recommend ultratherm heaters over adhesive-backed ones because you can attach them with tape and they are easily removable.

Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:20 pm
by GotButterflies
Is it recommended by Zoomed? No.
Have I done it? Numerous times. :) Just be careful. :)

Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:32 pm
by FSkerlak
How did you remove it and what do you use to reapply it?

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Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:43 pm
by GotButterflies
Very slowly and evenly peel it off.
Then I used Relectix tape on the ends to tape it back down. That is an insulation / heat tape. I've also used duct tape.

Ultratherms are the best heaters ( www.reptilebasics.com or www.beanfarm.com ) - but I've received adoptions that have given me zoomeds. There is no sense in wasting them.

Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:54 pm
by FSkerlak
Thanks so much, I'm gonna give it a try! :)

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Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:56 pm
by GotButterflies
You are welcome! :)

Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:35 am
by wodesorel
The danger is that the pads are not well constructed, so bending or pulling at them can damage the heating elements inside, which can leads to shorts and potentially fires. Since they are encased, you won't be able to see any damage.

I've done it as well, but there is a good reason why they say not to!

Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:03 am
by rocknrolla
I have zoomed uth on my backup 10g. most likely you will loose adhesive once you took it off. i had to tape it up on a new tank. make sure you dont cover entire pad up.


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Re: Remove and re-use Zoomed UTH?

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:03 am
by angelbearpuppy
That's pretty much what I have done before as well.

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