A bit concerned

noella5088

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I'm a bit concerned here.

My AC/Heater unit went out. So I struggled the past few days to keep him warm. One night, his temp went down to 55 degrees despite the CHE at the foot of his bed. I should have had it over him. So I went ahead and hurried up to heat him up. I used body heat combination to warm him up.
Now, I'm concerned because I noticed that he was 'gaping' while sleeping. I put him in his bed, under a well warmed up CHE. I don't know if this is a sign of an RI or he was hot and was thermoregulating after spending the rest of the day basking under his heat lamp.

I don't have any photos of his gaping. I do tend to be a little warmer than usual because of hot flashes or I'm just very warm blooded with a lot of heart.
I just don't know if this is a cause for concern.
He acts normal. Today, he didn't want to eat. Drank a little water. But did not aspirate any.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
I'm a bit concerned here.

My AC/Heater unit went out. So I struggled the past few days to keep him warm. One night, his temp went down to 55 degrees despite the CHE at the foot of his bed. I should have had it over him. So I went ahead and hurried up to heat him up. I used body heat combination to warm him up.
Now, I'm concerned because I noticed that he was 'gaping' while sleeping. I put him in his bed, under a well warmed up CHE. I don't know if this is a sign of an RI or he was hot and was thermoregulating after spending the rest of the day basking under his heat lamp.

I don't have any photos of his gaping. I do tend to be a little warmer than usual because of hot flashes or I'm just very warm blooded with a lot of heart.
I just don't know if this is a cause for concern.
He acts normal. Today, he didn't want to eat. Drank a little water. But did not aspirate any.
The gaping is him adjusting his body temp - normal-- your tank did get pretty low at 55 - what wattage is the CHE? I would set it in the center of the tank screen and then get a ambient temp in the morning - you want it 65-75 at night
 

noella5088

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The gaping is him adjusting his body temp - normal-- your tank did get pretty low at 55 - what wattage is the CHE? I would set it in the center of the tank screen and then get a ambient temp in the morning - you want it 65-75 at night
I was so worried that I kept checking on him until I exhausted myself last night.

He's acting very normal and is basking around on his basking spot this morning..

It's a 100 Watt. It was all I could get in my area on such a short notice. When I had the CHE at the center of the tank, the temps read 55 where he was at. So, I decided to try right over his body. He seemed to be happy with the extra warmth. It was 82 this morning in his tank. A little warm. But, that's because I cover him at night- due to lights on in certain areas of the house.
Mr. Head Bobber.
 

KarrieRee

BD.org Sicko
Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
I was so worried that I kept checking on him until I exhausted myself last night.

He's acting very normal and is basking around on his basking spot this morning..

It's a 100 Watt. It was all I could get in my area on such a short notice. When I had the CHE at the center of the tank, the temps read 55 where he was at. So, I decided to try right over his body. He seemed to be happy with the extra warmth. It was 82 this morning in his tank. A little warm. But, that's because I cover him at night- due to lights on in certain areas of the house.
Mr. Head Bobber.
Ok 82 is too warm at night -- be careful w/ the covering at night and the CHE on -- they get very hot and can catch things on fire very quickly - what size is the tank and it it glass? I have a 100 watt on my 120 gallon tank and it keeps temps around 70 at night --- I am not running it now and have ran it very little this winter as we have not had very cold nights - I usually haft to run it on nights of below zero weather --
 

noella5088

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Ok 82 is too warm at night -- be careful w/ the covering at night and the CHE on -- they get very hot and can catch things on fire very quickly - what size is the tank and it it glass? I have a 100 watt on my 120 gallon tank and it keeps temps around 70 at night --- I am not running it now and have ran it very little this winter as we have not had very cold nights - I usually haft to run it on nights of below zero weather --
I can move the CHE towards the foot of his bed. I'll be careful. I do have the CHE in a wire house fixture and it's loosely wrapped in foil with the top of it exposed. There are a few holes in the foil so it's not completely enclosed. I would have gotten a 75 watt CHE. But, 100 watt was all I could find in all of my pet store places.
It fell into the low 30s here and without any heat, I used the best possible solution was a CHE. I didn't believe the handwarmers would work with that kind of temperature.
I had no heater to run through my house with the exception of two fan forced heaters and two wall heaters.
 

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