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    Hi, I'm very new to all of this so please bare with me. I've already had a horrible first week with my girls bc I was told I could house 2 females and clearly I can't bc one has gotten attacked multiple times. And due to a snow storm I had to improvise and spilt my tank in half with cardboard just to keep my one girl safe. Tomorrow I'm getting a whole set up for her of her very own. Anywhooooo....I have a 20 gallon long tank and a heat pad attached under the tank. I have the special carpet on the floor of the tank. Right now I have both moist hides on the heated side (with cardboard between them) until tomorrow, because one is shedding. And that's where they've both stayed for the most part today. The one being attacked stayed in a cool hide for the last 5 days. But she's the one shedding and I think felt safe enough to move to the moist, warm... poor girl. Tomorrow I'm going to get the new stuff, but I'm reading mixed reviews on thermostats. Are they really needed with my set-up? The air temp in the tank is about 78-80, and the strip thermometer at the bottom of the warm is reading 88. And humidity is around 30%... that's gone up from 20% since I added the 2nd moist hide today. I've read in a 10 gallon you absolutely need a thermostat, but what about a 20 long? Is it totally necessary, because now i need to buy 2. Thanks!!!
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    I'm afraid so, a thermostat is absolutely necessary for any piece of heating equipment.

    Some people choose to risk it, some of their animals pay the price, not even close to worth it in my view.
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    I wouldn't risk it. If the heat mat malfunctions or just gets too hot, your animals can be severely burned. We have a sub adult in a 20g long and a small juvenile in a 10 gallon setup. Both of our setups have thermostats attached and they kick on an off frequently throughout the day to maintain proper temperature. Also. strip thermometers are nowhere close to accurate. i wouldn't rely on them. We have digital thermometer/hygrometers with probes in every enclosure and a temp gun to spot check.
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    Tomorrow I'm going to get the new stuff, but I'm reading mixed reviews on thermostats. Are they really needed with my set-up? The air temp in the tank is about 78-80, and the strip thermometer at the bottom of the warm is reading 88. And humidity is around 30%... that's gone up from 20% since I added the 2nd moist hide today. I've read in a 10 gallon you absolutely need a thermostat, but what about a 20 long? Is it totally necessary, because now i need to buy 2. Thanks!!!
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    Even a 4w heat mat can go up to 40c. If the heat mat malfunctions, at least a thermostat will cut the power off from the heat pad. It protects animals and avoids catching a fire.
    I think it is a must to have.
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