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Posted by: ckingii at Thu Jan 22 00:48:06 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ckingii ]  
   

I used to use the ceramic heat emitters, but I have found them to be less efficient than other heat sources because about half their heat goes in the wrong direction.

I like the T-Rex 60W Heat Safe Emitter. Pro: very efficient and directional, very little light, least likely to burn animals that contact it. Con: high humidity will make it burn out sooner unless you run it 24H, expensive.

Another option is one of the reflector heat lamps: Zoo-Med Nocturnal Infrared Heat Lamp, Exo-Terra Heat-Glo Nocturnal infrared or Zilla Night Black Heatspot. These come in a 50 to 150W. I've used them all, and they last longer than the T-Rex heat emitter in humid environments. The Zoo-Med and Exo-Terra are dark red, but quite a bit brighter than the Zilla which is a very dark blue. Some cages are in our bedroom, so we like the blue Zilla better, though the animals don't seem to mind the red bulbs. The Zoo-Med is best IMHO, unless the light bothers you at night.

On the bottom of the cage, we use the Zilla Green Terrarium Liner. The 30 Gal size can be cut to make a liner for a 20L. We then put terry cloth towels on top, and scatter a bunch of rocks, fake plants, cage furniture and bowls around to hold the liner and towel down. If you have a UTH, you need to make sure your frillie doesn't crawl under the liner/towel and lay on the glass above the UTH. It will get burned if that happens. When they poop, we'll change the towel, but usually leave the liner, only changing it when it gets bad. You can wash the liners by hosing them off, disinfecting with bleach, hosing them off again and hanging them up to dry in the sun. They don't survive the washer very well. Get two or more liners and a bunch of towels so you have something clean at all times.


   

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