Heating Cable?

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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18291Post Cale3459
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:35 pm

jwatson16202 wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:26 pm
I have a cheap 15w cable and (not sure if it's because it's cheap) can barely feel the heat from it, it's definitely on but I'm not sure how well it would transfer to the nest
I'll investigate more when I'm home, didn't want to leave it on for a week unattended in case of fire
I have the exact 15w one I posted and it's not super warm but it's noticeable when I close my hand around it. I have no doubts that it is capable of transferring to the nest and I can see the ants bringing the brood up against the wall containing the heating cable when my basement gets particularly cold. I know that there are those that are against them and those for them but in my opinion I feel it gives my ants the option for getting warmer if they choose to get closer to it or cooler if they choose to get further away.
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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18299Post Nathant
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:14 pm

I use a 15 watt Repti Heat Cable. It gets much too hot when placed directly under test tubes, so I have my one little thing I made up.

First, I have a wooden bench. On top of that is a piece of tile on top of it. On top of THAT, I have my cable going in a certain pattern, shown here (pretend the tubes are not there):

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Then I place yet another tile on the cable. Then on top of tht tile, I place my test tubes, and then place a metal pot on top of them for temperature control and darkness. A guage fits onto it to monitor the temp. However, this only tells the temp of inside the pot, not on the tile surfaace or on the tubes. Although, the tube temp is probably the same if not slightly warmer than the temp on the guage. I keep my ants at 72-73 F.

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See the cable in the middle of the tile?

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My tubes are under the pot.
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Re: Heating Cable?

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm

I looked two places over the last couple weeks and couldn't find a heating cable. I did find undertank heating mats for reptiles. If they are around then I will find them eventually I guess.

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Re: Heating Cable?

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Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:41 pm

SpeciesK wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm
I looked two places over the last couple weeks and couldn't find a heating cable. I did find undertank heating mats for reptiles. If they are around then I will find them eventually I guess.
https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptile-Cable-11-5-Feet/dp/B001LQUZAM
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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18304Post Nathant
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:43 pm

SpeciesK wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm
I looked two places over the last couple weeks and couldn't find a heating cable. I did find undertank heating mats for reptiles. If they are around then I will find them eventually I guess.
Here's the one I (and most people) use on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptile-Cable-11-5-Feet/dp/B001LQUZAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489970522&sr=8-1&keywords=heating+cable+repti

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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18305Post Cale3459
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:44 pm

Nathant wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:43 pm
SpeciesK wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm
I looked two places over the last couple weeks and couldn't find a heating cable. I did find undertank heating mats for reptiles. If they are around then I will find them eventually I guess.
Here's the one I (and most people) use on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptile-Cable-11-5-Feet/dp/B001LQUZAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489970522&sr=8-1&keywords=heating+cable+repti
Looks like we had the same idea :lol:
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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18308Post SpeciesK
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:54 pm

This site has clones in it! Or maybe one of you is the original, and the other is your clone... :)

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Re: Heating Cable?

Post: # 18309Post Nathant
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:06 pm

Cale3459 wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Nathant wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:43 pm
SpeciesK wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:40 pm
I looked two places over the last couple weeks and couldn't find a heating cable. I did find undertank heating mats for reptiles. If they are around then I will find them eventually I guess.
Here's the one I (and most people) use on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Reptile-Cable-11-5-Feet/dp/B001LQUZAM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489970522&sr=8-1&keywords=heating+cable+repti
Looks like we had the same idea :lol:
Hehe :lol:

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