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Being a UK owner, I need additional heat for my vivariums. Last winter I strapped 2 heatmats to each one (back and side), each controlled by a Habistat thermostat - this method only raised the temps a few degrees above ambient though.

This winter i'd like to use a more effective method, as the vivariums are only sitting at an average of 69F in the day - what about using the waste heat from the light fixtures? After measuring the temperatures - the air below the LEDs sits at 78 F. What about placing an 80mm fan above each tank, and blowing the warm air in through the vents (controlled by a thermostat of course)? My only concern is the air being pushed in causing a humidity drop (although I could just increase the MistKings misting frequency to counteract this)

Thoughts?

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Anthony
 

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Allright mate,

I like you have struggled in the past to keep temps consistent during the winter months but I seem to have it down to a tee now.

I use T5 lights, and although I do plan on making up some LED's in future I dont think I'd ever be without atleast 1x T5 to a rack shelf for the sole purpose of heating during the day.

The T5's boost the temps of the tank during the day to 76-78 and once off at night my central heating is set to kick on if the temps drop below 68 which they very seldom do.

Its all about finetuning and finding out what works for you, good luck.

Best regards,
Richie
 
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