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    INCUBATION QUESTION

    I bought one of the Ipower heat mat thermostats for an incubator to help keep the temp constant. I'm having trouble with major temp fluctuations. I have the temp set at 83. It will cut the incubator off at 83 but the temp will rise to around 85 and then drop to 80.9 before turning the heat pad back on. Is that normal? Or am I doing something wrong? Thanks in advance for a reply. I don't want my eggs to die! Please help

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    Greetings!

    Thermostats are supposed to have minor fluctuations. They will send power to the heat mat allowing it to rise to 83F and then cut the power. The temperature should lower down 3F to about 80F before kicking back on to 83F and then the cycle repeats. It isn't extremely abnormal to have cheaper thermostats go up a few more degrees, which usually isn't a problem just for geckos in their normal tanks. Minor fluctuations like that are normal. Eggs, on the other hand need specific temperatures at a constant depending on the genders you want.

    If I remember correctly, temperatures for incubation are in between 80-88F depending on the gender you want.

    •79-82F gives females
    •84-86F gives a mix of genders
    •87-88F gives you males

    So you would probably be okay. Though to be safe and stop fluctuations, a bigger investment in a better thermostat might be the answer.
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    So which thermostat would you recommend?

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    From the research I have done, you want a proportional thermostat, to learn more look here;
    https://blog.onlinegeckos.com/propor...e-thermostats/

    Also check here;
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=i...nal+thermostat

    I would reccomend the models by Herpstat and Vivarium Electronics which can be located on Amazon. There are multiple types so you will have to research and decide what is best for you. Simply make sure that they are proportional thermostats in order to have the most accurate and constant temperatures. Keep in mind that these thermostats are very expensive but I believe they are a must for breeders. They will range from the upper $100 to $300.

    Best of luck!
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    Very interesting.....I think I need a proportional one for sure!!! I have a jump start which I know for a fact was not maintaining appropriate temps. My little gecko actually regurgitated and I know it was temperature related....never has done that before. Although it may be great during warmer months. Hmmmmm learning so much. Thank you!
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    My Hydrofarm Jump Start's probe matches my digital thermometer's probe within one degree or so. The probes are taped together. Both probes sit on the tile floor of the warm dry hide. I have heard that's an inaccurate way to measure ground temps, but it seems to be working.

    If one is breeding and wants to keep temps within a very narrow range, an incubator with a cooling feature is necessary. I read where @acpart bought such an incubator.
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    Hmmmm I could try that too.....I did not have them taped together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kax View Post
    Hmmmm I could try that too.....I did not have them taped together.
    I offset the probes, and then tape them together.
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    Ok I will give that a whirl....when the weather gets warm I feel like a thermostat will be very helpful.
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