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02-15-2013, 06:04 AM #1
hi how can i cool my tank
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02-15-2013, 09:35 AM #2
I have to imagine that with temps like that you must have some sort of air conditioning in your house? You really need to describe your set up in more detail and the actual day and night time temps that your leopard gecko encounters.Ethan
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02-20-2013, 10:04 AM #3
well yh we have air conditioners but it will cool all the tank so should i leave the heat pad/light on
02-20-2013, 10:07 AM #4
i bought him in winter so its from 5 Celsius to 20 Celsius so its kind of cold so i keep his 15 watt red bulb on 24/7 its just the summer that im worried
02-20-2013, 11:39 AM #5
found an article:
Keeping exotic pets cool in the summer heat
Make sure any cages and tanks do not receive direct sunlight through a window, or overheating could be a problem (this is true for any time of year). If your pets' cage is getting too warm, you can try relocating it to a cooler location in the home such as the basement, or invest in air conditioning (central or just a window mounted air conditioner to keep a single room cooler for your pets). However, if you do use air conditioning, make sure the room is not too cool and that your pets are not getting cold air blown directly at their cages. Another alternative that works well is to fill empty, clean bottles with water, freeze them, wrap them in a t-shirt or towel, and place one or two in your pets' cages when the temperature soars. Wrapping them helps absorb condensation as well as preventing pets from getting too cold if they lay up against them (make sure towels are tightly woven with no loose threads or loops, or use a thirt or sweatshirt to wrap them). Also make sure your pet is not chewing up and ingesting the plastic of the bottle.
Reptiles, amphibians, and other ectothermic creatures present their own unique problems when it comes to heat. These animals depend on the environment to regulate their body temperature, so their owners must ensure that their terrariums stay at the proper temperature and humidity year round. Make it a habit to regularly check the temperature in their cages (use a thermometer inside the terrarium to check temperatures; don't try to estimate based on room temperatures). You should also monitor and adjust humidity as needed.
Temperature: keep terrariums away from windows and out of the warmest areas of your home. For tropical species you may just need to turn off tank heaters for part (or all) of the day during hot spells. For species that prefer cooler temperatures, you may have to use air conditioning or move terrariums to a cool room. If needed, you can use the frozen water bottle method, though this makes it harder to fine-tune the temperature. For amphibians, who usually prefer relatively cool water temps, you can add ice cubes made out of dechlorinated water or float a small frozen water bottle in the water to cool it if necessary, but you must avoid drastic temperature fluctuations. Submersible cooling coils are available and offer better control of cooling, but are quite expensive.
Humidity: monitor humidity levels with a hygrometer in the terrarium, and adjust the ventilation as necessary to maintain humidity (increasing ventilation or air flow results in lower humidity). If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase ventilation. If you live in a very dry, hot climate you may need to decrease ventilation (cover some screened area with tape or plastic) and increase the misting of the tank. Adding an additional dish of water can help with humidity too.
Water The summer heat means an increased risk of dehydration, which can quickly become an emergency especially with small pets. Always make sure your pet has access to water, and make sure that it is clean and fresh. With animals that are watered via a bottle, make sure the mechanism is functioning properly so that your pet can access the water that is there. If watered via a bowl, make sure the bowl is not tipped or the water has not been soiled. During hot weather, offer fresh, cool water several times a day.
02-20-2013, 06:30 PM #6Currently keeping:
Eublepharis gecko 2.1.0~Hemitheconyx gecko 1.0.0~Gekko gecko 1.0.0~Pogana Vitticeps 1.0.0~Varanus exanthematicus 1.1.0~Varanus acanthurus 1.0.0~Blue Tongue Skink 1.0.0~Red-eared slider 1.0.0
Reptiles I have rehabilitated, rehomed or kept.
All above species plus:
Phelsuma Grandis~Rhacodactylus ciliatus~Paroedura~Rhacodactylus auriculatus ~Hemidactylus frenatus~Iguana~Turtles ~Snakes and too many more to name!
02-21-2013, 01:23 AM #7
ok thx guys i always keep his water dish full and mist his tank often in my country we dont even have a sea the only sea is 6 hours away were in the middle of the desert so its pretty dry so i use cold water and soak him a couple of times a month right
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02-22-2013, 02:05 AM #9
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