Humidity Tips?

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Humidity Tips?

Postby RavioliBTS » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:29 pm

Hi everyone. I’m a new BTS owner. I’ve had my guy for a little over 2 weeks. Been browsing the site for some tips about getting my humidity higher. I got my BTS from a rescue that is focused more on geckos but happened to have some skinks for adoption. He’s a Halmahera and was imported from Indonesia sometime in July. The girl who had him takes in the “rejects” from conventions etc and nurses them back to health. He’s been growing super well and eats everything I offer him. Dewormed 3 different times and no signs of any mites. He’s housed on cypress mulch and moss to hold in the humidity. I’m using an UTH heater hooked up with a thermostat to monitor it. I also have a 50w basking and a UVB 10.0 reptisun bulb. I have a big water bowl in his tank (40 gallon breeder) and have been covering the top screen with foil/towel. However I’m still only getting a humidity between 40-65% and I really want to get it to 80%. I mist the tank every evening as well. He hides a lot under the mulch or in his warm hide so not sure if he’s looking for a more humid place to hide? My house is pretty dry in the winter because I have radiator heat so not sure if I can add anything else to what I’m doing to make it more humid in the tank?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions! Going to try to post some pictures as well.
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby RavioliBTS » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:37 am

I’m up to about 70-75% humidity today with some modifications. Ravs is definitely more interested in being outside of his hide now that there’s a bit more moisture. Still would love to get it closer to 100 if I can. I added some photos of him and his enclosure. He’s still young (6-8 months) and eventually would like to move him into a 75 gallon tank.
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby ReptiFiles » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:10 am

You might want to try covering the top with plastic sheeting or aluminum foil where lamps don't need to sit — this really helps trap humidity. Some people like to DIY foggers out of humidifiers like this, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp2XieaYmJ8
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby RavioliBTS » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:02 pm

I have the tin foil on top of the tank as of yesterday afternoon. I got a nice 90-95% humidity going. But now I’m back down to only 65-70% and that’s after a good misting. I feel like my substrate is just drying up so quickly from the heat lamps. Should I try lowering my temps a bit? I have my UTH on a thermostat set at 95. My basking point in the hot end gets up to 100 with a 50 watt bulb. I originally had a 75 watt but downgraded because it was getting way to warm (110 and up). My cool end is about 72-75.
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby ReptiFiles » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:06 pm

Your temps are fine. Maybe place the water dish over the UTH?
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby RavioliBTS » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:45 pm

Alright I’ll give that a try. The water dish is on the cool side right now so it might not be getting the UTH heat. Thanks!
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby RavioliBTS » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:21 pm

Back up to 80-85% now :)
I wonder if my hydrometer is really the best... it’s just an analog one by Zilla, very simple. I feel like he has to be pretty well hydrated because his poops have been very consistent and very moist.
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Re: Humidity Tips?

Postby ReptiFiles » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:31 pm

Ah, analog thermometers and hygrometers are rarely reliable. I would recommend switching to the Zilla digital thermometer/hygrometer. It'll run you about $15-$20, but they're all I use. Love em.
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