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Posted by jasons-jungle on April 29, 2003 at 10:08:22:
In Reply to: Your problem isn't the probe posted by markg on April 29, 2003 at 00:50:25:
:The probe has nothing to do with what is happening. The simple fact is, the temp where you are measuring (digital thermometer on back wall of center tub) isn't getting much higher than 80 deg. Period. Racks that use back wall heat are best for rooms which are already heated to the high 70's (if keeping exotics in the racks like boas/pythons.) If keeping colubrids you may be fine. You can increase the temp by placing a sheet of polystyrene foam (Home Depot) over the front of the rack. Make sure you use your thermostat then.
We also make racks similar to Boaphile and have seen the same problems (although our certainly get quite a bit higher than 81 degrees, typically around 86 degrees). You can solve it in two different ways. First, a simple blanket increased the temp about 6 degrees. Second, and already mentioned, is to take a 1/2" piece of insulation and cut it to the size of the rack. You can simply tape it to the back of the rack and the temp should increase by about 8 degrees. I highly suggest putting a piece on the bottom as well, especially when setting the rack on the floor. When using the insulation, I can acheive temps up to 98 degrees, although I use a thermostat to bring that down obviously.
Hope this helps,
Jason @ Jason's Jungle