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  • [General Care] PVC Tank Help

    HELLO...Just a few quick questions...
    Am picking up my new(used) PVC tank for my baby-it has a Helix therm. and a 300 watt heat panel.
    I was wondering what to do for internal lighting and an undertank heat source is needed. Please any information is appreciated-
    I have used an Atasuka tank for 5 years its 4ft long and this upgrade is 7.5 ft long. Thank you in advance for
    any advice....Juanita

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    Re: PVC Tank Help

    you dont have to have internal lighting, as long as the boa has a day/night cycle. it already has a 300 watt heat panel? if it does then all you need is a thermostat to keep temps correct.

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    • #3
      Re: PVC Tank Help

      I am picking it up today...it has a Helix DBS-1000 thermostat...was curious about lighting
      Because it looks so dark inside...and belly heat because I am use to using a heat pad, ceramic
      heat emitter and a day glo for day time. Do I need a to add belly heat? I aplogize if I sound stupid
      but I want to have this fully set up before he goes in...and have absolutely no idea about PVC enclosures.
      Also have to clue on how to set up a Helix thermostat...thanks so much

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      • #4
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        Hey, make sure you check that thermo out really well. I know in my 4x2 tank, I only need an 80w RHP to keep temps. 300w could be dangerous if the thermo goes out for some reason - you're getting it used so you don't know what it's been through. You don't need under tank heating with a RHP, but some like it (supposedly aids in digestion). If you go that route, I imagine you'll need a thermo that can handle two outputs. If the one you're picking up only handles a single output and you want to go with additional under tank heat, that's all the more reason to get a new thermo.

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        • #5
          Re: PVC Tank Help

          Just use a temp gun to verify the temps on the hot and cool sides... I would do this when the RHP is cycling both on and off as the temps will fluctuate if you are not using a progressive thermostat. That should tell you if you need belly heat or not. Unless the room is cool or the cage is tall you should have power to spare with a 300 watt panel.

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          • #6
            Re: PVC Tank Help

            Well...fully checked... The Helix is maintaining temp perfectly and after 3 days have finally moved Baby in...
            Thank you all much for the input...still tossing around belly heat but for now all is good!!

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            • #7
              Re: PVC Tank Help

              Most excellent! Post pics if you can.

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              • #8
                Re: PVC Tank Help

                Originally posted by subflow22 View Post
                most excellent! Post pics if you can.
                ^^^^^^^^ditto^^^^^^^^
                http://berkeleyknebel.wix.com/mississippimorphs

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                • #9
                  Re: PVC Tank Help-Pictures

                  Tried to upload pics-they won't upload
                  BUT I do believe they did upload to my pics in my profile.

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                  • #10
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                    You can upload photos if you have photobucket
                    sigpicJrock23

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                    • #11
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                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYeaFUPHuPM
                      http://berkeleyknebel.wix.com/mississippimorphs

                      Photo credit:Eddie Ard .....Banner Credit:Big PaPa Ernest

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                      • #12
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                        Is this enclosure in question?


                        Tim

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                        • #13
                          Picture Added-PVC Tank Help

                          Yes yes thank you-That is his new home...added a 3ft 21" heat tape from Helix...temps are perfect!
                          It has just the basics...but will work out decorating later...Ideas?

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