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    What size heat pad do those of you with a 40 breeder use? I know 18x18 would be ideal but those arenít really made and the couple I found are high wattage

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    I believe that coverage is key, not particular wattages. A thermostat regulates the heat output.

    A 40 breeder measures ~36 x 18 x 17 inches high. Ideal heat mat coverage for this size enclosure = at least 1/2 the footprint just like you mention.

    How much do your leos actually use their cool ends? 18 x 18 inches worth? You could even go larger than 1/2 the footprint.

    Ultratherm manufactures an 11 x 17 inch heat mat. How about 2 of those? Place the 17 inches along the width. Then your cool end = 14 x 18 inches.

    Inkbird makes a thermostat that accepts 2 heat mats if both are set to the same temperature.

    Another suggestion is using heat cables like these red "cables" demonstrate -- only spaced closer together. If you're interested I have more info.


    PS: Reptile Basics and the Bean Farm both carry Ultratherms.
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    I have two thermostats and two heat pads on hand. I have thought of putting 2 of the 11x17 since that’s what I use on her 20 long anyway but was worried that may be TOO MUCH coverage. My girl usually does her business on the cool end and her dishes are placed primarily on the cool end. I’ve definitely caught her over there climbing and such. I guess even right now she has more than 1/2 covered and is perfectly healthy, temps are ideal so I can always monitor and tweak if needed

    It’s actually a 30 breeder but no one knows what those are ( and the floor space is the same) so I figured that was easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliriyanna View Post
    I have two thermostats and two heat pads on hand. I have thought of putting 2 of the 11x17 since that’s what I use on her 20 long anyway but was worried that may be TOO MUCH coverage. My girl usually does her business on the cool end and her dishes are placed primarily on the cool end. I’ve definitely caught her over there climbing and such. I guess even right now she has more than 1/2 covered and is perfectly healthy, temps are ideal so I can always monitor and tweak if needed

    It’s actually a 30 breeder but no one knows what those are ( and the floor space is the same) so I figured that was easier

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    You're set, Elli! Place both 17 x 11 inch Ultratherms along the width using the thermostats you have. Then you'll have 14 x 18 inches left for her cool area. Set each thermostat ~91*F to achieve an 88-92*F range.

    If you find that's not right for your leos, it's easy to remove 1 Ultratherm.
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    What is ultratherm? I am using the flukers large. I place my probes a little differently but her temps are perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliriyanna View Post
    What is ultratherm? I am using the flukers large. I place my probes a little differently but her temps are perfect
    Ultratherms are top notch heat pads that are manufactured in Scotland.
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    It looks like they can not be easily used side by side due to where their cord is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliriyanna View Post
    It looks like they can not be easily used side by side due to where their cord is
    Could they be turned around so that the cord comes out on the right for one and on the left for the other?
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    zoo med 24 watt Under tank heater and you're set!

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    Bumping this thread because I am still considering revamping her heat. What about the ultratherm 11x24? I would like to get her onto just one heat pad
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