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Date Posted: 22:32:17 08/06/08 Wed
Author: Suzanne
Author Host/IP: 68.217.205.185
Subject: Re: Another one dying
In reply to: Kalina 's message, "Re: Another one dying" on 11:59:27 08/06/08 Wed

Kalina,
Heat is your TOP priority with new babies. Add bedding to your aquarium. It will absorb heat making your bulb more efficient. I like the new cotton-like fluffy bedding used for hamsters or small pine shavings. (Pat either one down so it's smooth to walk on.) You don't want it to get TOO DRY inside and cook him though. I use a small warm-water-filled bowl with a washcloth wadded inside placed directly under the light. That way he's not going to get burned being right under the bulb. The cloth will keep him from jumping in and drowning and he can snuggle against the bowl for extra warmth if necessary. Use thick crockery like stoneware. The water and dish together will retain a lot of heat- good.. A digital thermometer is well worth the $6.-$8. investment. You'll put the display on the front outside of your tank with a suction cup and run the probe down to the area below your light. That way you can adjust the temp more accurately and you'll know how warm the area is that your baby is in as opposed to the ambient temp. of the whole tank. If you like gadgets, try the heat lamps with a regulator knob. They're about $15. and you can actually adjust the heat output of a 100-150 watt bulb. Look in the reptile section of your local petstore.
The feather duster idea suggested is ideal. He can snuggle into it and the feathers will hold in heat as well.
All that said, put your heat setup at ONE END of the tank so he can back away as necessary. I cover the tank (not the light fixture though) with a bath towel and adjust the temp. by uncovering more or less as necessary and regulating the light intensity. That's where the digital thermometer really helps.
Good luck,
Suzanne

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