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26g tank - need heat help

Discussion in 'General questions about care.' started by TiNk3R, Aug 31, 2009.

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  1. TiNk3R

    TiNk3R Hi, I'm New Here!

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    I have a 26gal aquarium that house 8 small to medium hermies. (All pp) They really love it but I want to get a couple strawberries. I can keep the humidity where I want it, but the temp drops. It's almost always at 80, but Ive been noticing it dipping down to 73-78ish in the early morning.

    I am using a big UTH heater (underneath half of it) so half the sand is warm and half cold.

    I am using a light fixture with 2x25watt nightglo bulbs that shine through the glass on the fixture.

    I'm using regular playsand from home depot (I might switch to a much finer/white sand here ASAP)


    So any general advice/comments/suggestions regarding any aspect would be great. I want to make sure these little buggers have the best they can get.

    Thank you
    Tink


    PS: I have two shower tubs with EE that they almost ALWAYS chill in. All the time till night time anyways. Anyway to coax them out more often?


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    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    try getting another UTH and place it on the side near the bottom
    they come in diffrent sizes so you may be able to use a smaller one then what you all ready have.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Don't get any strawberries unless you get a bigger tank. To house 2 tiny sized straws you need at least a 20 gallon long tank just for them. If you have other crabs, you need at least a 40 gallon breeder. Seriously, unless you're about to majorly upgrade your tank, strawberries aren't the way to go. There's a lady (Marie) at HCP who has I think 3 or 4 medium strawberreis all by themselves in a 40g breeder and she still thinks that it's too small - the tank is continually trashed because they don't have enough room to move around. Straws are even more active than any other crab - they travel more per night in the wild and, as such, need much, much bigger tanks than any other variety of crab.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    To keep the temp up at night you could get a moonglo light. The provide lots of heat but no light and you could keep it on 24/7 without messing up the 12 hours on 12 hours of daylight thing.
     
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    The trick is the room or increase the watts in the night bulbs-no matter how torked up my tank is if the room gets chilly then the tanks struggle- at night you can also use this look for the "foil" looking covers
    Lights~Camera~Action!

    they help immensly!
     
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