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PostSubject: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:43 pm

For brumating the cooler was kept on the porch all winter with thermostat set on 50 degrees. For incubating I brought it inside and just adjusted the temp






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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:55 pm

Good double use.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:00 pm

Neat, what are you brumating?
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:58 pm

Focal wrote:
Neat, what are you brumating?
I wanna know this answer too Suspect 
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:12 pm

Nothing right now. Just showing pics of my set up.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:21 pm

At the time of that picture it was corns and eastern kings. The cooler held 8 adults. It worked out well because when I removed the sliding tray from the cooler the 4 critter carriers you see in the pic fit perfectly on the lip that held the tray suspending it above the heat tape. You could then set 4 more critter carriers on top of the first four and still have room to shut the lid. I kept my breeders in there from Dec thru the first of March.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:56 am

Looks like good design. How is air flow handled?

Noticed that you have the flexwatt wired in series and as such if a section of tape develops an open, the circuit will be open and power to all flexwatt tape lost. An example: Some old Christmas lights were wired in series and if one bulb was out the entire string was out.

If the flexwatt tape were wired in parallel an open in one section of tape would have no effect on the other working sections. An example: Houses are wired in parallel. If a light bulb burns-out you still have power to other fixtures/outlets.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:37 pm

Good point about the wiring jw. I'm not very electrical savy. As far as air exchange the drain spout on the cooler stays open 24/7 as this is where the wiring enters and I open the top every couple of days since I do keep a water bowl in the cages and occasionally one of the snakes does cause it to over flow because of the small size of the bowl.
I have used this set up for five years now and knock on wood no failures although I am paranoid about it and constantly check it to make sure thermostat is working.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:38 pm

Good point about the wiring jw. I'm not very electrical savy. As far as air exchange the drain spout on the cooler stays open 24/7 as this is where the wiring enters and I open the top every couple of days since I do keep a water bowl in the cages and occasionally one of the snakes does cause it to over flow because of the small size of the bowl.
I have used this set up for five years now and knock on wood no failures although I am paranoid about it and constantly check it to make sure thermostat is working.
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PostSubject: Re: Brumating/incubation set up   Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:06 pm

Oops also for air exchange I use an aquarium air pump with the tube running into the cooler via the drain spout.
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