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Posted by Homer1 on April 30, 2003 at 08:43:06:
In Reply to: Humidifier? posted by Slaytonp on April 30, 2003 at 00:51:55:
Patty, I'm wounded. I didn't think I was in any way argumentative with you. I think you bring up very valid points, but multiple viewpoints generally give a more complete picture. Heaven forbid if I was the lone voice on this forum (now that would be a scary thought).
As to your observations on the fogging system, I would have to agree. I looked into the whole mister system (a little too rich for my blood and limited collection at this time), and ultimately bought one of the Walgreens humidifiers (which is really a Sunbeam) for $30. I haven't hooked it up yet, but I have the PVC and fittings to do so. I have to agree that hand misting is just as easy and effective with only a few tanks.
Those "foggers" are what is at the heart of an ultrasonic humidifier, but using them alone requires some forethought and construction that I found did not justify the extra time or expense. You can get them at mainlandmart.com for $25 shipped anywhere in the lower 48. I don't know about overseas shipping. They really don't heat up the water (to any appreciable amount)--the burning sensation felt when touching underwater is super accelerated water droplets piercing the skin barrier. There is a thread in the archives dealing with setting up a fogger in the terrarium safely. You don't have to fill it up every day--the small container merely keeps the fogger at the appropriate depth in your water reservoir (false bottom, etc.) to create fog, and it shields the frogs from the stray high speed water droplets.
So, Patty, I hope this helps. I'm sorry if I offended you in an earlier post by disagreeing with you--I intended no such offense. Perhaps I'm more confrontational than I realize. I'm sorry. I think you bring some very creative solutions and viewpoints to a hobby that thrives on innovation, and your galac. tank is the epitome of that--I think it's fabulous. I truly enjoy reading your posts, so don't ever hesitate on my account.
::Just wondering if the humidifiers you all use are like the results you get when you enter "humidifier" on ebay? They are vicks or robitussin models. If these are what you use, then how do you attach a hose to route it into the tank(s)? thanks in advance. One more thing, what are these mini ultrasonic foggers that sit in the water of tanks? do they work/does anybody recommend them? And where can you find a good one for little $?
:I bought a mini ultrasonic humidifier. It doesn't work except in an exact amount of water to cover it in a bowl, and then it splatters the water around as it sends out some dubious mist for a few minutes. It looks like a rain forest cloud, but not for long. It's a cute device for someone's table top fountain for about 10 minutes, while burping and splattering water around along with the mist, which is interesting to watch for the few minutes before it uses up its resources and quits. It is not a reliable mister for what one wants for a dart frog vivarium. I went to hand misting. The vivariums require daily attention anyway and misters don't carefully flush out bromeliads with tads in them. If one had a big operation, the more complex misting systems might be justified. But if it is a hobby with just a few vivariums, you will be doing daily maintenance and feeding anyway, so why not mist yourself with a hand sprayer? I doubt that dart frog care can be automated to a great extent. I'm sure to get an aruguement, but that's what this discussion group is about-- go for it, Homer.