Help! My household heating system is broken! Ceramic?

Selkie1993

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Hi everyone

The heating system is my house isn't working well, but thankfully the house hasn't been too cold at night. Currently at 66 F.

I want to get a ceramic heater for Drogon in case the house gets too cold. Can someone recommend a heater for my 120 gal tank? Preferably on Amazon so I can prime order.

Thank you as always!
Selkie
 

KarrieRee

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Hi everyone

The heating system is my house isn't working well, but thankfully the house hasn't been too cold at night. Currently at 66 F.

I want to get a ceramic heater for Drogon in case the house gets too cold. Can someone recommend a heater for my 120 gal tank? Preferably on Amazon so I can prime order.

Thank you as always!
Selkie
Get a deep dome w/ reflector and ceramic socket and a bulb wattage of 100 -- place on top of your screen center of your tank and it should keep your tank around 70 at night - your tank is going to drop to around the temp of the house so 66 is good --- if it gets colder than that more towards 60 or so then I would use the CHE -- Amazon.com
I am using this one for my two tanks-- w/ a 100 watt bulb on my 120 gallon tanks
 
I had this issue a few weeks ago (everyone’s furnace breaking this year?). With ceramic heaters I only go for a slightly lower wattage than my daytime bulb to aid in his digestion, but my beardie has been sick off and on so I tend to go overboard. Ceramic bulbs aren’t as finicky as UVA bulbs (they don’t blow as easily) and last a lot longer. So, brand isn’t super important, in my experience. I use a 100W in my 100 gallon tank. I stick to brands I can get at petsmart, but those tend to be more expensive. So if this is a short term solution, a generic brand will probably also work.
In addition, I added a second heating mat for the cold side of his tank. It’s self regulating so it won’t get above 80 degrees on the cold side, but it’s $30. I put a space heater in his room to keep the room temp up. I also keep a towel in his cage under the heat lamp when he takes a bath and when his lights are about to shut off. This gives me a warm towel to dry him with after a bath, or a warm towel to wrap him in when it’s time for bed.
In a pinch, glove warmers can be very effective for keeping them warm. I use them if our power goes out or I need to transport my beardie somewhere. Make sure there’s a towel between your beardie and the glove warmers, but they don’t tend to get concerningly hot.
I also closely watched his bowel movements and appetite on top of watching the temperature itself because those can be indicative that his temperature is not adequate.
The ceramic bulb I use: Amazon.com

Heating mat: https://www.amazon.com/Aiicioo-Unde...2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9zZWFyY2hfbXRm&psc=1

Hand/glove warmers: https://www.amazon.com/HotHands-10-...699209064&sprefix=gloce+warmer,aps,102&sr=8-3
 

Selkie1993

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Thank you everyone! We found out the issue to the heat so I appreciate your help! I'll definitely consider adding these items to my emergency list but all is good! Check out his Halloween face mask 🤣
 

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Hello,

That is a great Halloween face mask there!
So you got your heater working then? Definitely add a ceramic heat emitter to the list of things to
have for the winter. You never know when you may need to use it.
He looks very happy & relaxed there also!

Tracie
 

Selkie1993

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Update

We are actually still having problems with the heat at night. How does the ceramic heat emitter work and do I need a dome with it?
 

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Update

We are actually still having problems with the heat at night. How does the ceramic heat emitter work and do I need a dome with it?
It works the same as a heating lamp, but does not emit light, it needs a dome if you want to focus the heat into a narrow ray. A dome is also needed to prevent the dragon from getting burned (if it is placed inside the terrarium)
 

Selkie1993

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Is 66-67 ok for the enclosure at night? I keep seeing mixed info on a good night temp
 

NickAVD

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Is 66-67 ok for the enclosure at night? I keep seeing mixed info on a good night temp
My temperature never drops below 70, but I read that the minimum night temperature required for dragons is 66-67 degrees
There are dragon keepers here with much more experience than mine, I suggest checking this with @AHBD
 

AHBD

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For a healthy dragon 67 F is fine for a night temp. It might cause him to get a little extra sleepy if he's inclined to brumate.
 

Spider8ait1994

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I am in Australia so I’m not sure if this brand would be available but if you’re searching Amazon it may be available there but I use the brands URS and Exo Terra for my two dragons and haven’t had any issues with those brands. The bulbs are screw in so I do use a dome lamp cover to hold those.
Usually I leave them on 24/7 but if it’s a really hot day I may switch them off during the daytime then back on for overnight.
My two dragons have one of these set up year round but I do have two different wattages so I can use a lower wattage one in the summer months since the ambient temps are warmer and not as much extra heating is needed then swap it out for a higher wattage one over winter.
 

Drache613

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Hello,

Australia has the Exoterra brand & Arcadia brand primarily from what I have seen.
How is your dragon doing today?

Tracie
 

Selkie1993

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He's doing great! I left our fake fireplace on which has a heater and it kept the house warm :)
 

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If you use the che make sure the dome is rated for it and has a ceramic socket. The che's can be hard on the cheaper made domes.
I personally try to keep my guys at 73ish at night but that's mostly because i hand feed in the mornings and it's easier to warm them up from 73 than 68 🙂
 

Selkie1993

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We are keeping our electric fireplace on at a safe temperature and it's keeping everything cozy! Thank you for the help everyone:D
 

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