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What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby FlapJack16 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:49 pm

Hey-
I have had my beardie for a little over a year and a half now, and feel like I FINALLY have the hang of temps.
I am using both a probe thermometer and a temp gun (adjusted to wood emissivity) to measure the basking spot, which is a stick, and it reads roughly 103 degrees ( I am still trying to adjust this- under 100 seems too cold, above 110 seems too warm).
My ambient thermometer reads about 86 degrees, and my cool side probe reads about 79 degrees.

For night time- my house is in the low 60's. Usually between 64 and 66 degrees- never warmer. If I leave the tank without heat, it is 64 degrees in the morning.

Is 64 degrees at night too cold?
I know that slightly lower temps, as well as night time drops can lengthen their life span a bit- but too cold is obviously bad, too.
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:32 pm

No 64 is good-- you dont want it below 60 -- if you feel it is too cold then get a CHE ceramic heat emitter---
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby FlapJack16 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:44 pm

KarrieRee wrote:No 64 is good-- you dont want it below 60 -- if you feel it is too cold then get a CHE ceramic heat emitter---


Perfect, thanks!
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:42 pm

15 - 18 degC overnight in your home ??? that's bloody freezing.

We never let it get under 22 degC overnight even in the dead of winter in our home overnight. That's chilly enough for us.
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby FlapJack16 » Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:15 pm

kingofnobbys wrote:15 - 18 degC overnight in your home ??? that's bloody freezing.

We never let it get under 22 degC overnight even in the dead of winter in our home overnight. That's chilly enough for us.


We do keep our house pretty cold, especially at night. I am not sure what all the reasons are (parents house)- it is what we have always done.
One reason though, I think, is that our house is pretty big- 5,500 square feet- with tall ceilings in the main rooms- plus a basement, and a garage door that is opened constantly, as well as the back door- so heating that thoroughly to a toasty 70 might be the issue.

We all just prefer a colder house, too, I think- I prefer cold rooms I can wear sweatshirts in, and sleeping in a cold room under covers.

Do you think 65 degrees F is too cold for a beardie? (at night)
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:43 pm

No but I would not go any colder - that is my preference
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Re: What is too cold for a night time temp drop?

Postby Claudiusx » Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:18 pm

At night my heater doesn't kick on until it gets 63f. That is about what my tanks get to too.

They are quite hardy creatures to be honest, as a general rule of thumb i'd recommend nothing under 60 at night, but truth be told, i've gone lower than that for periods of time with no ill effects that I could notice with my dragons. Once the lights and heat come on, they are back to their normal selves.

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