ZOO MED™ REPTI THERM™ Reptile Under Tank Heater
I have this as a supplemental heating source for my hermit crabs, and it doesn't do ANYTHING! Maybe the glass heats up there a little bit, but that's it.
January 17, 2014
You NEED A Temperature Controller
We use these mats and they work well with some sort of temperature controller. I have experienced heating extremes from 75-98 from the same mat without a control. We use digital control used by growers for starting seeds and it works great. you can set the exact temperature you want your mat to stay at. The dial type that are purchased at the pet stores are not very accurate. We have experimented with 5 different types and now only use the same product for all 5 of our tanks with UTH.
December 29, 2013
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
I bought one of these for my Hermit Crabs. They are in a 10 gallon tank, so I bought the "small" which was designed for 10-20 gallon tanks. As the Hermit Crabs are "tropical" animals, I followed the directions and side mounted it (because water is involved in their substrate). Works great and heats the tank, but no where near enough heat to keep them warm. Maybe 2 degrees tops and this is listed as working on tanks up to 20 gallons.
I recently purchased Leopard Geckos. Originally meant to get 1, but ended up with 2, so instead of the 10 gallon tank I had planned on, I got a 20 gallon. Again I bought the 10-20 gallon sized small. Well, it lived up to its name and it heats a "small" section of the tank when under mounted. I notice a temperature increase of about 5 degrees directly over the heat pad, but it does nothing to warm the rest of the tank.
I'm not saying the pads don't work, I just think they are a bit under rated with their expectations. Depending on what you are expecting to use these with, you may want to consider another size.
That said, using 4 watts of power for the pad, is better than 50 watts for a heat bulb and even if it only last me 2 years, I will be ahead of the game cost wise with all the bulbs I would have gone through and electricity savings.
September 21, 2013
Expensive, but nice quality
I've never had a problem with ZooMed UTH's. They can get quite hot (120F), as most Under Tank Heaters do, and I would recommend a rheostat for any heating device. A little more expensive than they should be, I'd think.
July 20, 2013