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    I just got my Hydrofarm digital thermostat in the mail and I have some questions. here goes:

    1. What's the best way to get the wire/probe into the tank? there are no holes in my tank except for the mesh at the top. Right now I have the top of the enclosure opened a crack to fit the wires through. Don't worry, he can't get out, but this is somewhat impractical.

    2. Where do I place the probe? I know it's supposed to go on top of the heat mat, inside the warm hide, but does it go under the substrate or rest on top? I use paper towel for substrate.

    3. The wires are stiff and bent, not straight and rope like, so it's difficult to get the probe to rest flat on the ground. It tends to lift up a centimetre or two on its own once it is in position. Any suggestions on how I can fix this? Is it okay to tape it flat to the floor?

    4. My digital thermometer and my thermostat temperatures differ by about 3-4 degrees fahrenheit despite being directly next to each other. Which reading should I trust, and do I really need both a thermostat and a thermometer in the same location?

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    Glad you got your thermostat!
    1) There's no small slots around the back and sides? Pity, makes it so much easier. I would use it the way you currently are, just leaving a small gap. Just make sure there is no way he could climb up and out. Don't put tall decor toward that side that he could possibly climb. Or, just cut a hole in the mesh top.
    2) The probe should rest on top of the paper towels.
    3) Mine does the same, and I found that taping the wire right before the actual probe seems to do the trick. If not I assume you could use tape to tape it down but I would use some non toxic electrical tape of some sort that is okay for heating usage. (Since it is sitting on a warm spot.)
    4) It has been noted that some thermostats, Hydofarm included, vary by a few degrees. I would just set the thermostat to an even 90/91 degrees that way if it goes over, 93/94 won't be too hot, and if it lowers, 87/88 won't be too cold. It is advised to use both the thermostat and thermometer, just in case one magically goes out or malfunctions.
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    1. Most people will cut a small hole in the meshtop for the wire to go through.

    2. Probe goes inside the warm hide, on top of the substrate.

    3. You can usually keep the probe down with the weight of the warm hide itself. But you could also tape it down, either way works fine.

    4. If you can't tell which is more accurate, get a 3rd temperature reading device, but it's not really necessary. The thermostat itself will have temperature fluctuation of 3-4 degrees. It's normal with non-proportional thermostats. If you set your thermostat to 92 degrees, you'll likely get a good happy medium.
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    And Merissa beats me to it as usual, by one full minute
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    from my own exp:

    1)Kinda have a hide laying on the end of the wire helps for me. I have a little coconut looking thing that kinda sits on it and works fine.

    2)On top of the substrat, because thats what they feel. They dont feel the glass.

    3) It'll be okay to tape, but refer to 1 and mine is normally pretty straight.

    4)I'd go with the thermo, they're just cheap digital thermometer, nothing will be 100% within each other all the time.


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    thanks guys, turns out there ARE holes in the back for wires and i'm a total idiot.

    all the best.
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    No problem Matt that's why I asked, some have tiny tiny holes that are easy to miss! Glad you figured it out!

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    just checked my split-top screen,

    I HAVE NO HOLES

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    Kittens! How cute, we need pics.

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    Where shall I post them, they aren't geckos

    What no holes! Wait, true my 40 gallon doesn't have holes either...
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