Melamine Tank Heating

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    ben_smith2000 Not so new Member

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    Hey guys, I'm switching out one of my glass tanks for a Melamine one and was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to heat the base of the tank since I can't put a heat mat in.

    any advice greatly appreciated :)
     
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    You can put a heat mat in. Or a heat cord.
    Simply sandwich it between two tiles. just make sure you leave a gap between the tiles for adequate ventilation.
     
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    [MENTION=40664]arevenant[/MENTION]
    thanks that sounds like a great idea :)
     
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    Why did you assume you couldn't put heat directly on melamine?
     
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    You can, but for heat dispersion and retention, the under tile method is much better.
    I believe the OP was unsure as to mounting method, as heat mats are mounted under the base of glass tanks.
     
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    Heat mats aren't meant to go directly onto wood, I'm not familiar with Melamine tanks since I've always used glass so I thought that they weren't a good Idea :)
     
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    I think I'll go with the under tile method, it sounds like a good idea
     
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    Router a groove in the melamine floor to sit heat cord in and place tile over the top.
     
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    [​IMG]. I have siliconed a tile on top followed by a thermostat probe


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    ....I have several 'heat pads' made out of either heat mats or heat chords sandwiched between a tile (top surface) and fibrous cement sheet (lower surface) framed in a timber surround, with the airspace underneath filled in with expanded foam. I have mounts a thermostat probe when putting it together so thermostatically controlled. They can be placed inside or removed from enclosures as desired.
     
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    Could also make a heat panel to screw to the ceiling of your enclosure using heat cord, takes out the possibility of the animal crapping all over it
     
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    Bart70 can u show me a pic of its construction?
     
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    I know it's been a couple of months since I started this feed but I thought I'd put some pics of my stimmie in her new setup,
    thanks to everyone who commented for all the help :D

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