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Old 06-11-2010, 05:22 PM
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im new to the whole dart frog thing and im setting up a 20 gal long. ive the humidity right and the daytime temps are good but im worried that it gets too cold at night. the temps have been between 64-68 when i get up in the morning. i dont get up early so they could be even lower. i dont have frogs yet but i wanna make sure everything is good before i get em. so how can i get the temps a little higher or is that ok? thanks
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: how to warm tanks at night?

You need an under the tank heater...though you can also stick them to the side, or back of tank at substrate level. If you have a false bottom i reccomend doing it on the side or back, and just above the water level for the false bottom.

Your night time temps arent that bad...you wont need a very big one on that size tank to get you where you need to be. In fact your fine for some species of darts that like it a little cooler.

You can put it on a timer so when your lights go out the heat pad comes on...Timers make life so much easier espeically with mutiple tanks.

Reptile Heaters: Reptile Heat Thermostats and Heat Lamps

(some are sticky...some arent. Tons of places you can find various brands)
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:44 PM
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I was planing on using a red or a blue bulb (15-25 w) so the tank is also viewable at night. UTH's are hard cause I never remember they are on.... then when the day warms up its all of a sudden too hot in the tank. If you got a thermostat as well that would take care of that problem but they are costly for a good one.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:48 PM
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Default Re: how to warm tanks at night?

You really don't need to heat tanks at night, unless it gets down below about 55 degrees or so. Most places dont get that cool at night. It doesn't really do anything, just makes the frogs slow.

But like Dave said undertank heaters would work.
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so tank temp around 65 is ok?
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No need for a heater at those temps. Many darts can handle into the mid 50's with no I'll affects.
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ok cool thanks, i just wanna make sure everything is ok before i get the frogs
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Nothing wrong with being too paranoid! And remember, you're only paranoid if they aren't out to get you...
Dart frogs are delicate, the more preparation you put in the more likely they will survive and thrive.
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ya i kno, i just ordered mor plants and some springtails, im getting the fruit fly thing down, i think i should be ready in a few weeks
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Default Re: how to warm tanks at night?

the frogs will be fine, but if they breed and have tadpoles, the tads can have some issues with temps like that. you'll have plenty of time to read into that, just a heads up
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