Vampire crab paludrium help heater

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Vampire crab paludrium help heater

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I’m hoping someone can help me, I’ve built a paludrium for some vampire crabs, ok it’s not the biggest tank but I was told a 50litre would be fine, anyway I’ve made the water section and land. What I’m struggling with is finding a heater small enough to put in there without it becoming an issue, if I could find one I can put into the substrate base layer that would be great but I can’t find one, would a heat mat work? Ambient temp is 20c the water is 20c but needs to be 2 degrees warmer at a minimum, any help is appreciated, thanks



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I wouldn't risk a heating mat as they can cause the glass to crack ( especially with the tank on top! ) As the tank is already setup, you could go with something like the TMC H2Therm presets, but they are preset to 25*C.

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Would I be able to put that or one like that in with the clay balls? It’s the drainage medium I used, the water flows through it and the filter is at the rear of the tank in the corner, would that work?

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they would have to be fully submerged in water.

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Welcome to the forum. :)
I don't know of any heater that can't be partially out of the water, so any small heater of about 12w, maybe 15w should be enough. The enclosed ones (like @fr499y suggested) are best with crustaceans so they don't burn themselves.

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Thanks for the welcome guys, I’m basically completely stuck for space in that tank now it’s set up, the water does get to 22 but only just, I know in winter it’s going to be too cold. The water only comes up I’d say 60mm tops, most of the heaters i find are like 120mm I’ve read they can’t be touching substrate etc. But if they can and can be half out of the water I think I could manage to slide it down the back, but it would only be half submerged I don’t really want to tear the tank apart to do it but maybe I’ll have too, and put it in a cage so the substrate isn’t touching it, but then if it fails it’s not going to be easy to get it out again lol I think If all goes well tho and the crabs are good and they mate I may well get a bigger set up and use the smaller for babies. I suppose time will tell

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Polystyrene will help retain heat. Maybe a heat lamp above the tank?

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https://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/zoo-me ... gI9yfD_BwE Something like that could work not sure if you can lay them down flat though?

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