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Humidity Gauge not working?

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  1. OneOnion

    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I spray the walls of my tank a lot but the humidity isnt going up. It's staying at like 60. When I spray it it goes up to about 75% then I come back like 30 mins later its down at 40-60%. I don't know what to do should I keep spraying it every 30 minutes or is the humidity gauge not working?
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    If you mist the walls, it usually evaporates more quickly. If you mist the substrate, the water will evaporate more slowly. Make sure the substrate is moist. What kind of lid do you have? Maybe you should get pexiglass. I heard it's great with keeping the humidity high. Also, you can get moss from Walmart and keep it moist to be used instead of sponges, which harbor bacteria. I hope this helps! :)
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Well, the substrate is moit enough except for around one part where the UTH heater is(I put it on the side) and I cant spray there because the hermit crabs are sleeping there. I use a screen lid but have a plastic box lid on the top of it.
     
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    Chase "First Molt In Progress"

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    Another thing you might try is calibrating your Gauge, learn how to here.

    :D
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Yes. Do the salt thing. Put the gauge in a bag with a little bottle cap of damp salt. After about 4 hours check it. I should read 75% if not that is how much it's off by. I am worried about keeping the humidity low. I take my whole lid off and it still reads 80%. I just calibrated it last night for the second time and it is still only 2-3% off.
     
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    Chase "First Molt In Progress"

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    That's what the links for coco!

    I guess you better re-name yourself to "Link Spoiler"!

    :rolleyes:
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    Wow you have your own site! I want a site but they cost a lot. I spend to much on my hermies.:D Fine. Follow chase's link to his ever-fabulous site. :cool: But if the link does not work... You can read my post!!!:D
     
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    Chase "First Molt In Progress"

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    That's more like it!

    :p
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Awesome website, Chase! There is a Sticky called How to Calibrate Your Humidity Gauge. You can look at the thread if you have any questions.
     
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    Chase "First Molt In Progress"

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    Thank you!

    I didn't notice there was a sticky on it!

    I love how people point out the obvious, especially when I don't notice it...

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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yes I did the humidity gauge test a while ago it was only 65%. I'm not sure if I did it correctly though, because I waited for longer than 4 hrs(I waited overnight) and the bottlecap was bigger than normal bottlecaps it was a vitamin water bottle cap.

    Oh Yeah I add 10% all the time but my problem was that it goes from 75% to 40% in 30 minutes.
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    How big are your water bowls? Can your largest hermit crab fully submerge?
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    You should re-name yourself "Thread-spoiler". Lol:D

    Anyway, Have you calibrated the gauge?
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Yes one of them is big enough its the dechlorinated water the salt water is shallower though

    I'm trying the salt water test again just to be sure now.
     
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    Wow we have a thread spoiler and a link spoiler in one place... what a combination! :D
     
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    Chase "First Molt In Progress"

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    Haha, what's next?

    Milk Spoiler?

    :p
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    "Post spoiler"? "Forum spoiler" "Everybody's day spoiler" :D

    Anyway. What type of lid do you have. I struggled with humidity for almost a month before I found how much it should be on. I had to half it half on half off and then it would make the almost-perfect balance.
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    I meant I was trying the calibration test with the salt. Anyway I tried it again it was still about 10% off.

    Cococrisp, I have a screen lid with a plastic box lid on top of the screen lid to help keep the humidity up.
     
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    cococrisp "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    You should get a plexiglas lid. You can get them at Lowe's or Home Depot for about $3. They will cut the right sizes for you.
     
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