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Old 01-04-2007, 03:40 PM
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The temps in my 10 horizontal are 70 overnight, and then by noon in the day they are at 80. They don't go over 80.

Should I work on lowering the temps some more for keeping frogs? I keep seeing temp recommendations of 70-80....so is the high end really fine?

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What kind of frogs? My bastis seem to thrive with ambient tank tamps of 82-84 during the day.
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Also, is it 80 all over the tank or just at the top. My tank reaches 80 or 81 at the top, but stays below 74 on the ground level. And my tank is only 20" tall.
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I don't have any frogs yet, but when I do it will be one of the novice species like leucs or tincs.

my thermometer is right in the center of the tank on a bit of driftwood for the time being while I am playing with the setup. I will drop it to the substrate tomorrow and take readings
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What kind of thermometer is it? Some of those things are horribly inaccurate - Ive had alot of luck with the digital ones they sell at Wal-Mart. My leucs get as high as 78 in the summer w/o any problems.
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This one is a Fluker's digital
I checked it's calibration with my temp gun and another couple thermometers and found it to be accurate within about a degree.
It's in the tank temporarily while I get a feel for things and then it is going back into my snake enclosure where it belongs

I also have a stick-on gauge in the tank that I will use long term - I have marked it so that I know where on it 70F and 80F really are based on the other thermometer's readings so that I can use it as a GOOD/BAD type gauge.

I'm a big instrumentation weenie.

BTW the temp gun says the substrate is 80F just like the thermometer is reading in the middle of the tank.
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Can you raise the light fixture a couple of inches higher? That would probably drop the temp by a few degrees.
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yeah I could, but is there a good reason for it?

the lights are already elevated quite a bit, but I will do it if it will make a difference to the frogs whether it's 80 or 75.
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What species are going to be inhabiting the viv? Its getting to 80 right now, in the winter. Will it get hotter during the summer?
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yeah I could, but is there a good reason for it?

the lights are already elevated quite a bit, but I will do it if it will make a difference to the frogs whether it's 80 or 75.
75 is preferable to 80 for most species of dart frogs.
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