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75 Gallon Tank Heating

Discussion in 'Heating' started by SHYCAGO, Mar 10, 2008.

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  1. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    Hey im trying to keep my temps up here in chicago but i seem to be keeping them on the cool side 78- 80 not sure what to do. I have 2 - 10" arizona lamps one with a 150 watt basking halogen light the other with a 150 watt ceramic bulb but both being on it sits at about 80. This I know is not normal or do I need even more I also have a heat rock ( i know this is not to good) but it is a adjustable temp in there my house is not freezing but im not sure what to do ph yeah this is for my monitor.
     
  2. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    have you tried and under the tank heater along with your bulbs? What does the top of your tank look like? is it all screen? If it is, your heat is going up and out into the room. Cover the top where the lights are not, with some wood. It will keep the heat in.
     
  3. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    yes its all screens didnt even think about that also my dirt is like 3 of 4 inches thick will the under tank heater even help
     
  4. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    it would a little, try the wood first. Wood is a good insulator and may be all you need. If you are crafty you could cover the whole thing with wood and just cut out the spots where your heat elements go.
     
  5. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    Welcome :)
    Liz has a great idea about the wood...but please get rid of that heat rock or cut the cord and use it for decor only Ive heard nothing but awful things about those. :(
    BRRR...I know its cold ...I live in WI. I keep the house fairly warm LOL
     
  6. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Throw that heat rock out, it is just a lizard slow cooker, that and it doesn't do anything to adjust the surrounding area in the tank, it only heats itself.

    What exactly are you keeping in the tank?
     
  7. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    Lacey a sav monitor :)
     
  8. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    yes, he is a sav monitor guess ill be cutting the cord . I just want him to stay warm he doesnt even really like it . what about some pvc board or vinyl all around the top where the light are not.
     
  9. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    that won't work all that well keeping the heat in, moisture yes. Although i'm not sure what PVC board is.
     
  10. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    Ok guys need some help. I am still having issues with keeping the temp up to par for my little monitor. Its sits at 80-83 and i have a purchased a under tank heater today. Currently i have two 10" arizona domes one with a ceramic 150 watt bulb. The other with 100 watt halogen bulb. I had someone tell me that it was because the top of my tank is all open. Today i went and purchased some wood to cover the whole top where i can cut the 10" circles for the lamps. Does anyone think all this should help in getting my temps up...
     
  11. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    yes it will.
     
  12. venus

    venus Founding Member

    I agree :)
     
  13. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    should i put the undertank heater under the tank even though i have about 3 - 4 inches of dirt or it says i can mount it to the sides of it. Which place would be better?
     
  14. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Try the wood first, then if you need added heat still, use the tank heater.
     
  15. The JD

    The JD Elite Member

    Yeah, add the wood to cover the top screen first, with a 150w lamp and 150w heater on a 75 gallaon aqaurium, that should be all you need to keep the temps high. What are you using to measure the temperature and where are your measurements being taken? With a 150w heater and lamp on a 75 gallon, I'd think it should be getting pretty toasty underneath them.
     
  16. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    yeah i have now the lamps facing down on the screen on the right side. I cut two holes so the wood can lay over the screen . i have a digital thermo taking measures closer to the center of the tank, and its set low to get the most accurate reading away from being right under the lamps.
     
  17. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    let us know how it goes.
     
  18. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    you might also try a non halogen lamp, They don't produce as much heat as a normal bulb.
     
  19. SHYCAGO

    SHYCAGO Active Member

    hey guys, just wanted to say that my temps are in the low high 80's low 90's there ok i think for now , the wood helped a lot .
     
  20. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    excellent!
     
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