Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Ahura, May 23, 2009.
Enjoy! Feel free to comment if anything needs to be changed.
Looks good to me.
Looks good for a start. I trust you know you'll need a bigger one?
Oh yea lol. That is a 75 gallon. He is only about 6-8 inches.
There are a few changes I would make. First what size tank is that it looks a little small I would not use anything smaller than a 55 gallon so you can get proper temp ranges 90 on hot side 75 cool side.Second is the screen top get it covered because you are letting out all the heat and humidity I use a piece of ply wood to completely cover my tank if you can't use wood use aluminum foil and cut out holes for the light fixture. Third what are you using for substrate I would use dirt mixed with play sand Savannah's like to dig and the dirt sand mix hold brows and humidity your savanna will thank you for it
It doesn't look like 75 gallons. Take a measure, and type the numbers into our gallon converter. I'd put that at 30 or less.
I measured it. It is four feet long two feet wide and 2 feet tall. Is that not close to 75 gallons? I am using a eco earth coco husk mixture.
As for the heat it is 90-75 ambient hot to cold, and 100-105 basking site. Humidity is around 40-70%. I mist usually three times a day. These are with my screen top.
The tank looks to be about a 40 gallon to me. With the screen top you are letting out all the heat and humidity. Warm air rises and you are probably using something like a 125 watt light bulb right You said you are misting 3 times a day the reason you are doing that is the heat from your bulbs are drying out your tank and it is all rising out though your screen
This is how I keep my baby monitor I use 45 watt halogen flood bulbs and with these bulbs I get a basking spot of over 120 hot side is 95 cool side 75-80 my humidity is 80-85 and I only mist once a week and I dont even need to do that
How are you reading the basking temps.when I say 120 I mean surface temps if your getting it with a thermometer it wont be accurate you'll need a temp gun look at proexotics they have a good selection
What long term plans do you have for housing your sav?
I know this part is off topic, but it might help with sizing. The picture below is a 46 gallon aquarium.
I told you the measurements. The tank may appear to be smaller in the photo... As for the screen top I might cover it with aluminum foil. I have a temp gun and that is how I am getting the basking temp. Ambient temp is measured with a thermometer. I am using a 100W MVB, 150 Tight Beam, 100 Neodymium Bulb.
Long term I will be building a 6'X3'X2' custom enclosure. It can be bigger but that will be minimum.
How many inches away is your bulb from the basking site? Mine is about a foot.
4x2x2 comes out to 119.69 on the gallon converter. I agree that you should cover the screen, I use a double layer of tin foil to cover the screen.
Hi Ahura, the tank looks great, the size is fine, at least for the next year or so... the temps. are fine, but you could increase the basking area to around 120f., you can use a normal household bulb, maybe a 40watt will be o.k., as I mentioned before, let him settle in a few days, then start gentle handling.... Humidity around 40 to 60 %, Good luck!
I'm currently in the process of covering my screen with foil. I will leave some open areas for ventilation. The basking site is around 105-110. It has potential to reach up to 120. I don't want to shoot for 120 because I want some wiggle room just in case the ambient temp in my room increases.
My night time temps seem low but it might be fixed if I cover my screen. It is around 68-72 throughout. Is this too low?
Ahura, you don`t need to cover the screen top if the humidity is around 40 to 60 %, you can always spray a couple of times a day. Do you have a hygrometer in place? (temp. and humidity), although covering will raise the temps somewhat...... I would look for around 75f. at night, can you tell me what bulb you use during the night? (wattage)
The 120 basking site that is surface temps. I don't know where you live but if you go outside on a warm summer day, lets say 85-90, take your temp gun out and start checking things. You will be amazed at how hot it really is. Now imagine that in africa.
Yea 110 is the surface temp of the basking rock. I know that the air temp is different because objects tend to absorb heat. The screen is covered and I do have a hydrometer in place. I actually have 2. One on the hot side one on the cool side. I am currently not using a bulb at night. Would infrared work? Or do I need a ceramic heat emitter?
Yes, infra-red is fine.... I use these most of the time...The ammount of light they emit is very low, so no problem!
Thanks for sharing your tank, just one problem, where is your Sav! Would have loved to have seen him too.
In your first pic, You had 3 different lamps going. What bulbs do you have in those lamps? It seemed as if the entire thing was covered by at least one lamp.
There should be a cool down area. You want a broad spectrum of temps to provide thermoregulation.
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