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    Question I really really need some thermostat/Uth help asap please


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    Hi I finally got tile and a herpstat2 thermostat for my Uth. I can't figured out where to put the probe! Can't put it inside because tiles will not sit flat. On top of the tile I was told is no good. Can I sandwich it between my Uth and the glass ( on the outside?) ? Herpstat instructions says not put Uth on tank and then tape probe to Uth. Does anyone know what to do? I would deep,ply appreciate it! I really want to put my tiles in, but I need to find out where to put the probe first! Thank u in advance!

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    The probe must be on top of the tile, since that's where your reptile will be. Question: why isn't your tile flat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeboard View Post
    The probe must be on top of the tile, since that's where your reptile will be. Question: why isn't your tile flat?
    my tile is flat. I was told (I've been told many different things) that my probe should be under the tile to control the temp of the uth. So If I did that, the tile wouldn't lay flat with the probe under it. They also told me to tape the probe under my tank, and then put the uth on that. That's why I'm so confused what to do. If I put the probe on the tile, won't it be in the way? Do I tape it there?

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    You can tape the probe underneath the warm dry hide directly on the tile. Like @Keeboard said, that is exactly where your Gecko will be, so anywhere else wouldn't give accurate readings of the temperature your Gecko experiences.
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    How do I tape it under the hide? I have an Exo terra gecko cave that has a bottom on it? and the tile is under that!?' I thought this tile thing was supposed to b better, but it's making my life way more difficult! Have u ever heard of someone putting the probe between uth and glass? I was thinking I can put it there and then measure the temp on the tile with my heat gun to find the right temp and set it that way? I just don't know if the probe will b safe there?
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    Since you have a fully enclosed hide I would suggest taping the probe to the tile and wedging the exterior wall/bottom of the hide against the probe.
    I have heard of people putting the probe underneath the tank but would strongle advise against it. Even though you can check the temperature of the tile that way, your readings of the interior will not be as accurate 24/7 in doing so. The inside is what your Gecko feels so that is the important temperature to monitor and control.
    I understand how this situation can cause frustration, but obviously you want what is best for your Gecko. Think of it this way, your home thermostat measures the inside of your home. If it measured the outside during winter not only would your heating bill be astronomical, but it could easily become too hot inside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWilson13 View Post
    Since you have a fully enclosed hide I would suggest taping the probe to the tile and wedging the exterior wall/bottom of the hide against the probe.
    I have heard of people putting the probe underneath the tank but would strongle advise against it. Even though you can check the temperature of the tile that way, your readings of the interior will not be as accurate 24/7 in doing so. The inside is what your Gecko feels so that is the important temperature to monitor and control.
    I understand how this situation can cause frustration, but obviously you want what is best for your Gecko. Think of it this way, your home thermostat measures the inside of your home. If it measured the outside during winter not only would your heating bill be astronomical, but it could easily become too hot inside.
    thanks, I never thought of it that way! Makes perfect sense! I will play around with it tomorrow. I will have to put her in another tank when I do this. I bought a bigger uth and a che so I can get rid of my red light on a dimmer, since I learned they don't need it. My beardie's light should b enough in my room for my Leo to know day from night I'm assuming. Thanks for ur help, u have been very helpful!
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    No worries I had similar issues when I first moved to tile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWilson13 View Post
    No worries I had similar issues when I first moved to tile.
    I would love to see how u have yours setup, do u have a pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squishy1 View Post
    thanks, I never thought of it that way! Makes perfect sense! I will play around with it tomorrow. I will have to put her in another tank when I do this. I bought a bigger uth and a che so I can get rid of my red light on a dimmer, since I learned they don't need it. My beardie's light should b enough in my room for my Leo to know day from night I'm assuming. Thanks for ur help, u have been very helpful!
    Someone said to put the probe on top of the tile, but won't it get a false read if I use my che? I'm so confused! The herpstat said that o put it under the substrate, on the centre of uth, but my tile won't lay flat then, and the probe is squished with heavy tile. I'm hoping u can help before I pull my hair out? (I've been at this for 3 days now, going in circles! Thank u so much I would greatly appreciate it!
    Your Herpstat is a proportional thermostat. It is more precise than the Jump Start MTPRTC thermostat. It can probably control more than one UTH. However, the CHE needs either another thermostat or a rheotstat since you need different temperature maximums.

    An UTH that takes up 1/2 the area of the base/ground is the best. Even with that you'll find how quickly the temperatures drop only 4 inches above your UTH. I like to provide warm air as well. For that you can place the CHE on a rheostat/dimmer.

    Some people have wedged their probes between slits where the tiles meet.

    I just tape my Jump Start's probe to my digital thermometer's probe and leave them both underneath the warm dry hide. This hide is in the front on the left of this picture.

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    Here's a temperature guide for all leopard geckos as measured by the probe of a digital thermometer
    • 88-92 F (31.1-33.3 C) ground temperature right underneath a leo's warm dry hide
    • no greater than 82ish F (27.8ish C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the warm end
    • no greater than 75 F (23.9 C) air temperature - 4 inches above ground on the cool end

    Leave the UTH on 24/7. Turn off overhead lighting/heating at night (~12 hours on and ~12 hours off) unless ambient room temperatures drop lower than 67ish*F (19.4*C) during the night.
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