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  • [Thermostats] back heat melamine

    thermostat questions....?I just came across a great deal on craigslist and bought a 12 high melamine well-built 28qt rack for 50 bucks..It's pre-wired and heated with 11 inch back heat, but connected with one of the zoomed rheostats, which i'm finding inaccurate, so what are the pros and cons of the helix vs, johnson and ronco(as reptile basics sells them prewired) therms?

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    Re: back heat melamine

    This topic has come up a lot and if you look through the Environment section, you're sure to find plenty of information, but I'll bite. As far as I can tell, the Ranco, Johnson, Helix, and Herpstat thermostats all come highly recommended by different people for different reasons. The Ranco/Johnsons are a simpler on/off design and highly reliable and the helix/herpstats are proportional and tend to be more pricey but with more bells and whistles. I use a Helix DBS-1000 and think it's great, but I'll be installing a Ranco shortly and look forward to seeing it in action. Most of the keepers here swear by the Rancos, and I would take their word on most anything. Here are a couple of threads, but I'm sure there are many many more:

    http://www.redtailboas.com/forum/env...uggetions.html
    http://www.redtailboas.com/forum/env...hermostat.html
    http://www.redtailboas.com/forum/env...ermostats.html
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      Re: back heat melamine

      Back heat sucks.....I hope you keep your room warm...

      As for the t-stats Go for helix/herpstats

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        Re: back heat melamine

        Originally posted by jgonzalez305 View Post
        Back heat sucks.....I hope you keep your room warm...

        As for the t-stats Go for helix/herpstats
        i do, like you i live in florida and the ambient heat, stays around 81 when i close the ac vent to the herp room, so not much worry there, (its 40n out in the tampa ara now and my herp room is still around 83)

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          Re: back heat melamine

          Originally posted by jgonzalez305 View Post
          Back heat sucks.....I hope you keep your room warm...

          As for the t-stats Go for helix/herpstats

          Back heat is fine as long as your ambient temps are in the mid to high 70's. I use and will always use back heat,I seem to get better temps in my tubs,better gradients than belly. Herpstats for life.

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            Re: back heat melamine

            i settled on the prewired ranco from reptile basics...i'll let you know how it works

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