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    I just upgraded my geckos from 20 longs to 40 breeders , I am using the same 11x17 heat pad but whereas my surface temps were perfect before now I canít get them over 85. I thought it was maybe how I taped it but I fixed that and am having the same problem. The only thing that has really changed is they were on a solid surface and now they arenít. I really need to get ideal belly temps, cool side is fine. Is there another heat pad I should try? My female has been grumpy and my male is off food since the upgrade I know tank changes can be stressful but I donít think low temps are helping at all

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    That’s strange. The temp on the UTH itself should not change. Did you reuse the exact UTH? If so that may be why. You need new ones. If not try adding overhead heating. What ever you want to use, bulb or ceramic heat emitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sg612 View Post
    That’s strange. The temp on the UTH itself should not change. Did you reuse the exact UTH? If so that may be why. You need new ones. If not try adding overhead heating. What ever you want to use, bulb or ceramic heat emitter.
    I did use the same 11x17 heat pad it was covering over half of their smaller tanks and is covering 1/3 of their current tanks. I think the problem may be the tank stand I am using, heat can escape more easily. I can not use ceramic heat emitters. The temp on the UTH did change which I find odd too. These are non adhesive so they are reusable

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    You have the UTH UNDER the tank, correct? It does need some ventilation to avoid a fire heazard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoLeen View Post
    You have the UTH UNDER the tank, correct? It does need some ventilation to avoid a fire heazard...
    Yes and it’s on a tank stand plus I have rubber feet on it so it’s not a fire hazard

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    Is the heat pad the kind with adhesive on one side and when you moved it did you pull it off the old enclosure and stick it on the new one? If so, there may be issues with the integrity of the heat pad. I'll hold off on any more recommendations until I find out if this was the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Is the heat pad the kind with adhesive on one side and when you moved it did you pull it off the old enclosure and stick it on the new one? If so, there may be issues with the integrity of the heat pad. I'll hold off on any more recommendations until I find out if this was the situation.

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    Nope it’s a non adhesive mat so it is reusable. I pulled off the aluminum tape rather than putting pressure on the heat pad itself

    I should also mention when I measure the temp through the glass it’s low but when I measure the heat pad directly it’s a good range. I think I am getting air under the heat pad due to how it attaches and losing heat to the underside.

    I am looking at a shelving unit for the 20 longs
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    I've had some success increasing the heat by covering the pad with aluminum foil, so the pad is sandwiched between the bottom of the tank and the foil. There is no problem venting the heat as long as you keep up the space under the tank that you already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I've had some success increasing the heat by covering the pad with aluminum foil, so the pad is sandwiched between the bottom of the tank and the foil. There is no problem venting the heat as long as you keep up the space under the tank that you already have.

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    I tried this using aluminum tape, I got a little of an increase but not enough.

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    Sorry you're having so much trouble!

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