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 Post subject: losing temp gradient
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:04 pm 
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So finally got the vivarium set up and am now having a problem keeping the temp gradient.

When the lights come on in the morning I get a nice gradient with the cool end sitting at 25-26 and the basking spot at 40-42 but by midday the gradient has gone. The cool still sits at 25-26 but the basking end drops to around 30 as the light has dimmed so much.

Is the problem that the sensor for the dimming stat is in the wrong place or that there isn't enough ventilation?


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 Post subject: Re: losing temp gradient
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:29 pm 
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What's the ambient temp in the room? You may need to move the sender nearer the cool end but if the room temp itself is near 26~28 C then the thermostat will drop the basking temp.

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 Post subject: Re: losing temp gradient
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:50 pm 
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Ambient temp of room is around 22C. I spent most of the evening moving the sensor about and changing bulbs and have managed to get it to around 26.5 at the cool end and around 41.5 under the basking light.

Will this be ok as I'm not sure if its a bit high at the cool end? Every time I've got the cool end to sit at 25, no matter where the sensor is or what wattage bulb I use it just stays dim and I end up with only a 5 degree gradient.

All I seem to have done the past three days is look at thermometers :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: losing temp gradient
PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:37 pm 
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Those temps are perfectly OK. If he finds the basking area a little warm he can always move away from it. :lol: Wait 'til you get a couple of hot days in summer - that totally wrecks the temps!!

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