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    Hey all,

    Been a while since Iíve posted, but Iím a bit desperate for advice, and Iím hoping desperately the issue is just my heating. Past two times my leo, Toast, has shed, heís had issues digesting the shed. I took him to the vet the first time, totally not knowing why he was making awful squaky horking noises; few hours before we go in, he throws up undigested shed, and he threw up half-digested mealworms in the vet office. Heís horking again, and it started after he shed again, though he had no problem pooping and eating after he threw up the first time. So far this time he hasnít thrown up, and has stopped pooping. Not lethargic, still interested in food though I feed him less that usual due to the issue.

    SO, the current setup: glass 20gal tank, Tile substrate with paper towels to keep the glass from scratching; hot side: zoo med UTH hooked up to an Inkbird themostat with temp probe set at 88F because I THOUGHT there was about a 3 degree difference between the probe and the actual tile; cold side: CHE suspended above top screen, hooked up to the same inkbird, at about 76F. I have a temp gun and have noticed the hot side varies WILDLY, and have tried placing the probe in different places, as well as clearing more space for Toast to lay flat. The probe just lies on top of the tile, but I think it isnít very accurate, and Toast can often set off the temps if itís placed in certain spots and he lies on it.

    Is my equipment sup-par? Should I try placing the probe in a gap in the tile to get a more accurate, less-tampered-with reading? Is there something I can do between now and his next vet appontment this Wednesday? Iím so beside myself with worry. Heís my first reptile, and Iíve had him for two years now and there hasnít been a medical issue until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hugatiefling View Post
    Hey all,

    Been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m a bit desperate for advice, and I’m hoping desperately the issue is just my heating. Past two times my leo, Toast, has shed, he’s had issues digesting the shed. I took him to the vet the first time, totally not knowing why he was making awful squaky horking noises; few hours before we go in, he throws up undigested shed, and he threw up half-digested mealworms in the vet office. He’s horking again, and it started after he shed again, though he had no problem pooping and eating after he threw up the first time. So far this time he hasn’t thrown up, and has stopped pooping. Not lethargic, still interested in food though I feed him less that usual due to the issue.

    SO, the current setup: glass 20gal tank, Tile substrate with paper towels to keep the glass from scratching; hot side: zoo med UTH hooked up to an Inkbird themostat with temp probe set at 88F because I THOUGHT there was about a 3 degree difference between the probe and the actual tile; cold side: CHE suspended above top screen, hooked up to the same inkbird, at about 76F. I have a temp gun and have noticed the hot side varies WILDLY, and have tried placing the probe in different places, as well as clearing more space for Toast to lay flat. The probe just lies on top of the tile, but I think it isn’t very accurate, and Toast can often set off the temps if it’s placed in certain spots and he lies on it.

    Is my equipment sup-par? Should I try placing the probe in a gap in the tile to get a more accurate, less-tampered-with reading? Is there something I can do between now and his next vet appontment this Wednesday? I’m so beside myself with worry. He’s my first reptile, and I’ve had him for two years now and there hasn’t been a medical issue until now.
    Please re-set your Inkbird thermostat for 91*F. That should fix Toast's digestion issues. Setting the thermostat @ 88 with a potential drop to 85*F is a bit too low.

    The thermostat turns off the heat mat once the temp reaches 91. Then the temp drops to possibly to 88*F before the thermostat turns the heat mat back on. That's where the 3*F difference comes into play.

    One Inkbird thermostat can control 2 devices as long as both devices are set for identical temps. As far as I know, you'd need a second thermostat to control the CHE.

    I think you can fix the heat issues with the equipment you have. You shouldn't need a 2nd vet appointment.

    Lay the probe(s) right on the ground/tile right underneath your leo's warm dry hide. I tape the probe of a digital thermometer to the thermostat's probe to verify the thermostat's setting.
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    Thank you very much for replying! I’ve done as you said; I moved his warm hide back to a better position and placed the probe underneath, hopefully in a spot he won’t floop upon, and reset the temp to 91F. And I realized a bit of confusion - I have two identical Inkbird thermostats, one for the CHE and one for the UTH, they aren’t both connected to one! I just phrased that poorly, whoops. The secondary probe attached to the thermostat’s probe is a very good idea, thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hugatiefling View Post
    Thank you very much for replying! I’ve done as you said; I moved his warm hide back to a better position and placed the probe underneath, hopefully in a spot he won’t floop upon, and reset the temp to 91F. And I realized a bit of confusion - I have two identical Inkbird thermostats, one for the CHE and one for the UTH, they aren’t both connected to one! I just phrased that poorly, whoops. The secondary probe attached to the thermostat’s probe is a very good idea, thank you!
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    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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