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Heat pad vs. heat lamp

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Pants__cat, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Pants__cat

    Pants__cat Member

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    so I am setting up an enclosure for a mature G rosea and was wondering what your guys thoughts were for heat sources. I have a heating pad (covers about a third of the tank bottom) and a desk lamp that provides a moderate amount of warmth. I like the heat pad cause I don't have to turn it off at night. Pros and cons?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Personally I like Heat pads as long as they are controlled by a thermostat to prevent over heating.
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    kormath Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I would strongly suggest neither. To much of a risk of desiccation with either option. If the ambient room temp is in the mid 70 to mid 80 range they'll do fine.
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    Evanthomas Active Member

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    Neither, if you're comfortable she's comfortable.
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    Pasodama Well-Known Member

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    As with a couple of posters, I, too, wouldn't use either as long as the room is at a comfortable temp.
    However, if ever it became an absolute necessity, I would use a heat pad (with a thermostat), not a lamp.
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    IamKrush Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I wouldn't use either. a room temp of 70-70+ is good enough imo.
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    Austin S. Well-Known Member

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    I am strongly against either.
    Room temperature of around 70-75 in enough.

    However,
    When it comes to breeding certain specific species, a heat lamp is required. In your case, it is not necessary.
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