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Interior Heating Element Enclosure For Reptile Tanks

Discussion in 'Heating' started by Frognut, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

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  2. MadDog

    MadDog Elite Member

    Re: Inside Tank Heat Emitter Cage/Construction

    At last! Thank you so very much! This is going to be so helpful.
     
  3. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    Re: Inside Tank Heat Emitter Cage/Construction

    Nice, that how i got mine almost set up in Hera's tank.
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

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    I will toss this together as an article at some point! Thats great Steph!
     
  5. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

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    Thanks for posting this, I'm going to need it soon. Now how can I save this on My info page?
     
  6. MMWC

    MMWC Elite Member

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    Thanks, this is briliant!! I am going to use this for mine.
     
  7. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

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    You`ve made a great job of it Steph, (considering you`re partially blonde), well done!
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Inside Tank Heat Emitter Cage/Construction

    Actually you did a fine job of narrating it!
    And you made an improvement on my model!!!!

    I did not use a catch bowl from a range but just a chrome ring and the wire of the basket is bent down and under it and then the ring is secured to the top of the cage. When I have to change out the emitter, the whole thing will have to come out!
    But I like the idea of the catch pan being used as a dome of sorts.

    With your version, with the bolts going into the wire is it pretty stable?
    Remember that I am dealing with something a bit stronger than a skink.
     
  9. Frognut

    Frognut Subscribed User Premium Member

    Re: Inside Tank Heat Emitter Cage/Construction

    Thanks everyone!!! I am proud of it- but I still have to give Merlin credit, without his original information --THAT would never have happened! :)

    Yes. It is very stable. I used 1 1/2" bolts so I could screw them into the dome further so they have complete hold on the cage. The cage sits on at least 1/2" (or more) of a bolt on 4 sides - and since the hardware for the cage is more than double in thickness, it would take some SERIOUS pressing on the cage to cave it in enough to have it fall off the screws.

    However, I would change the angle of those bolts when I mount it to the lid of the tank, so that the back bolt is not facing directly toward the back wall (it made it a bear to reach in and unscrew).
     
  10. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

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    Glad it's sturdy - I'm thinking I might do this for my JCP cage. I'm hoping to do everything internal on that one so the top of it (on the outside) is free and clear of light fixtures.
     
  11. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Re: Inside Tank Heat Emitter Cage/Construction

    Thanks Merlin for the original idea and infor:D, and Thanks Stephanie for giving a great step by step instructions and great use for the stove drip pan.:D
     
  12. monkeytechahoo

    monkeytechahoo Elite Member

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    Thank you Merlin and Stephanie for this. I think even I can do this by myself. *lol*
     
  13. guadalakara

    guadalakara Member

    this link no longer works :(
     
  14. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

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