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Old 06-23-2015, 09:57 PM
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Default Humidity Levels in Exo-Terra

I recently purchased one of smaller size Exo-terra tanks for my son as a beginner tank.
I placed hydroton in the bottom, added ABG, moss etc. It seems these tanks do not hold
moisture very well and the humidity levels don't seem to hold up well either. I am thinking
it is due to all of the gaps from the doors and of course the screen top which I covered up
to help hold in the moisture. Does anyone have any suggestions or tricks that they have
used for these tanks ? Thanks !!!!

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I typically rip the metal screens out and replace with glass I have cut at Lowe's. You can leave a little gap (a couple of inches) and silicone fiberglass screen over the gap if you want to by having them cut a couple of inches off the glass. I save the glass piece(s) so that I can set it on the screen in order to control how much of a vent I actually need. Hope that makes sense.

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Most people completely swap out the screen lids for a piece of glass, I get mine cut at a local glass shop for $5 or less. Some people place glass directly on top of the screen but know that the screen will likely rust with time if you choose this option.

Edit: Looks like Mark was writing at the same time as me, also a good suggestion or you can make your own vent to fill the gap: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/par...ction-how.html
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Thanks the super quick replies, I really appreciate it. Do either of you think that
humidity escapes thru the gaps around the doors ? They look rather wide to me,
almost afraid if the frogs ever have babies they might squeeze thru !! lol

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I wouldn't think this would affect your humidity much at all, the gaps in my doors are pretty small but maybe yours are larger than they should be. You can try a bead of silicone as described here to help with the gap: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/par...roof-tank.html or there are websites that sell pre-made silicone strips that you can attach for this very purpose.
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I think it depends on the differential between the internal humidity and the external. I think it does escape some around the doors and through the vent under the doors, but in most cases you want some ventilation, so this may not be that bad a thing. You just don't want too much ventilation if you are having trouble keeping humidity in. Buying a really cheap humidity gauge off of eBay may not be a bad move, at least while you are getting things dialed in. You are shooting for between 60 and 80 percent.

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