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    Default Would this heating setup be overkill? Trying to regulate heat in an old cold house


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    Hey folks! I'm new here but have been lurking for info for awhile as I researched. Hello from the shadows

    As some background, I am a first time leopard gecko caretaker that has been researching out the wazoo for the past month. I am adopting a 15 year old gecko who had lived for about 10 years on sand (I know, I know) and I'm pretty sure she's only ever had a heat lamp and nothing else for heat. I want her new home to be awesome for her and I am trying my best to get things right in the bioactive 40-50 gallon tank setup I have made. Currently I have 1 heating pad as well as 1 ceramic heater (40w) and the temp is hovering around 75-80 degrees on the hot side and about 70 degrees or a bit above/below on the cool side.

    I live on the bottom/basement level of my house, so that's where the tank is. Our house is older and not greatly insulated. We do have heat, but as you can imagine, parts of the bottom level especially can get a bit chilly on winter days and nights. I'm sure this is the reason the current setup isn't getting as warm as I would like (despite proper thermostat setup and settings).

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    I already ordered a Deep Heat Projector and dimming thermostat and that should help, but I'm really not sure if it will fully do the trick. Since my house is on the cooler side and this is a bigger tank, I had an idea to use the DHP on the hot side above the slate cave, the 40w CHE in the middle and get 1 more 25w CHE to put on the cool side for some supplemental heat since that side is staying a bit cool. Obviously, I will also be closely monitoring the temps too (I have temp probs as well as a IR temp gun).

    Is this overkill? Has anyone ever used a multitude of heating devices and if so, how well did that work? If this isn't a good idea, does anyone have advice on additional ways to ensure warmer temps in a colder environment?
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    Congratulations to you for giving that poor Gecko a better home! I would not say what you are proposing is entirely overkill. However I wouldn't add an extra Ceramic bulb in the middle. Personally I would use the DHP bulb on the warm side with the slate rock and then a Ceramic bulb (40-60W) with a thermostat on the cool side but only during the winter cold months. For a tank the size of yours, I would suggest the larger size Deep Heat projector bulb 80W (I am assuming you bought an Arcadia Deep Heat Projector bulb.) What size DHP bulb did you purchase? In colder conditions as you describe, having a Ceramic bulb also with a separate thermostat on the cool side is not a bad idea for the really cold winter months.
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    Thank you! I actually got the 50w bulb because I was basing it on Arcadia's distance chart which suggested that 50w would be about the right temperature for 12 inches down (which is about the distance from her rock hide and the taller part of the substrate on the hot side). I was thinking maybe an 80w would be too much, but I also recently got a light stand, so I could always hang it a bit higher.

    I'll try it out once it arrives (had to order from Canada since there don't seem to be US vendors for these bulbs right now) and if it seems like it won't be enough for my tank, I may just upgrade to the 80w and gift the 50w one to a friend of mine with 2 leos of her own.

    I really appreciate the advice! My other reasoning behind have double CHEs was that it will help create a warm spot that's drier since they dry things out. That's the other thing about living on the basement level, definitely a little more work to control humidity! Thanks again

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    Definitely give it a shot. Don't forget to follow Arcadia's recommendations of placement of the probe on the slate below the DHP. Having slightly elevated humidity in the Winter is not a bad thing. If you are using a DHP AND a Ceramic bulb on the other side, I would say you will have no issues with excessive humidity whatsoever. The ceramic bulb in the middle would be a bit much I would say.

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    Thanks so much, Marillion! I definitely will and I appreciate your input. Partially, I might be overthinking things because I wanna do this right. Fingers crossed that this 50w DHP works out!

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