My house temp stays at 68F -is that ok?

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My house temp stays at 68F -is that ok?

Postby Lanthia » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:45 am

In the winter I keep my house at 68F. Will this be too cold for Cristobals? In the summer I keep it at 72F because that is as cool as I can afford to keep it. Is there a way to safely heat the vivarium?

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Philsuma » Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:36 pm

68F at night is fine. Try to have lights bring the tank temp up to around 74 for daylight hours, which should be no problem with lights on top of tank lid.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby joneill809 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:21 pm

As Phil said, your lights will heat the viv, but keep in mind you will have a variety of temperatures within a decent sized viv. You can use that to your advantage.

My main display area's ambient is ~72 (30% RH). The floors of my vivs are about 70, and the tops are 76 to 78. I use active air flow that pulls down the temps below ambient at the base of the viv through evaporative cooling, while the lights heat the upper portion of the viv. This creates a gradient, and that is really what I would be looking for.

I have another viv in a different area where ambient is ~70 during the winter (30% RH). The air movement yields floor temps of 64 to 66 (yikes!) and about 70 at the top of the viv during the day. My tincs in that viv prefer the warmer temps and cluster near the top of the viv. I am experimenting with a heat mat / thermostat within my cabinet that encloses the tank. My intent is to heat the air pocket that surrounds the tank by suspending the mat on the back cabinet wall that does not touch the tank, rather than heating the tank directly. If you use a heat mat, just be aware of the impact to the temperature gradient within your tank. Get a decent temp gun to verify your internal temperatures.
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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Gope » Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:54 am

My living room is kept around 65. I have an LED fixture full time and CF fixture that I use about half of the time,mostly to supply heat. The temps in the viv vary from 67 at the foor(lowest temp) to upper 70s at the top. I throw a small blanket over the viv at lights out to hold the temp overnight. Everything seems to be doing fine. My pumio sleep in the big brom in the upper reaches of the viv and spend the day on the floor in the leaf litter. Their first froglet just morphed last week,

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:12 am

Thanks for all the answers. I was dreading to have to knit them little sweaters.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:07 am

In searching for temp guns, I found a brand called Nubee. Pretty funny. What is a good brand to buy?

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby joneill809 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:51 am

Phil bumped this thread for you:
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=5520

I have a thermometer that can measure body temp or object temps - does double duty in my house on kids and frogs :). I also use a data logger when I want to understand temp and RH over time:
viewtopic.php?f=39&t=4452

The loggers were fun for a few projects monitoring vivs versus ambient and shipping container temps. Kind of overkill :)
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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Gope » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:55 am

I bought this one. Seems to work fine but I have no way of checking it's accuracy.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Geatex-GXMT38-T ... 2a4ff12c6a

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:29 pm

Thanks for the thread Phil. When you have time read these operating instructions for the Pro Exotic....very funny. https://www.sparkfun.com/images/newsima ... s/PE-2.PDF

Two words Jim. Data freak! But thanks for the thread. Graphs make me turn into a transvestite Lewis Black...I start stuttering and spitting and pointing my finger..."Why don't you just TELL me what the bottom line is?!!" Throw in a word that can't be said here and that's me. Except I'd say freaking since I don't say the other word (out loud).

There may be a 12 step program for you Jim.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby joneill809 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:10 am

Haha yeah I have a data problem, but it's too late for me :)
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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:00 pm

Okay, I didn't get a temp gun (budget is stretched and I don't have frogs yet) but two different thermometers say the temp stays 68 day and night.

All my springtails died. I am assuming the temp was too low for them or what else could it be?

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Philsuma » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:10 pm

Had to be something else. 68 is fine for springtails.

Did you seal the lid too tight and suffocate them?

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:24 pm

The culture is growing fine. The ones in the viv died.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:25 pm

I added more today so I guess I'll see what happens.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Gope » Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:36 pm

Are you sure they're dead? They can seemingly disappear in a viv.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Philsuma » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:18 pm

how many, approx mind you...did you dump in?

A 'goodly' population of most microfauna takes half a year to a full year to 'git bumpin'...

I've just noticed that I'm speakin' in country-like words and phrases lately and it's coming out here on the forum as well. I wonder if I had a stroke or sumpthin.

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Re: My house temp stays at 68

Postby Lanthia » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:31 am

I would guess about 40ish.

Well I swan. You think you have problems, I'm starting to say things like, I'm fixing to go do my hair. I know I'm going to turn into an Okie cracker. It is phrases we heard our grandparents say. I think it is in the genes and such like that. Doomed.

Save the stroke claim for when you forget peoples names.


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