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    Hello! I will be getting my AFT in a few weeks when the breeder says he is ready to go. I have been running his terrarium as though he were living in there ((besides feeding of course) and I seem to be having trouble retaining humidity during the day. I have read that they do best when kept between 50-70% humidity. I have been misting the substrate both in the morning and at night and when I mist at night it shoots up to 80% and then by morning it is still around 55%. So I mist again, and it again shoots up to 80% but by the middle of the day it is down to 30%. I have already covered two of the top four screened ventilation panels with compost bag “plastic” and duct tape which does seem to help but I don’t want to cover the other two as those are the ones that the lights are sitting on and #1 I don’t want it to melt and #2 he will still need fresh air. Now I do have two hides with moist moss that I have been misting thoroughly in the mornings and I am using about 3” of coconut husk substrate as it retains moisture fairly well, and also there are two little water bowls and a fake aloe Vera plant that retains water in its “leaves”. Do you think that it is ok that the humidity goes down so low by afternoon? I do work 12 hour shifts and I come home in the middle to feed and let my dog outside and can mist when I do that too when on day shift but I don’t want him to have any long term negative effects from this...
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    I mist my AFT's every morning and don't worry about the humidity. I think real plants and a coco fiber substrate help to keep the humidity up. I'm in New England. In the winter the humidity in the house is about 25% and in the summer it's probably 75%. They are all doing fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I mist my AFT's every morning and don't worry about the humidity. I think real plants and a coco fiber substrate help to keep the humidity up. I'm in New England. In the winter the humidity in the house is about 25% and in the summer it's probably 75%. They are all doing fine.

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    Thanks, that makes me feel much better! I am from Connecticut and know in general how New England feels in the summer. Currently I am in Virginia, and right on top of the ocean at that so the air gets very soupy here and I imagine that it will be much easier for me to maintain during the summer. I keep fresh and saltwater aquariums so am used to concerning myself with numerical brackets as far as climate lol. You helped me feel much more confident about this for my little AFT though, so thank you!
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