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Dry start Spec V question

I was having trouble maintaining humidity and heat in my Spec V while performing a dry start. I have sealed the bottom inlet to the filter compartment, and am wondering if I can fill the filter area and add a heater to it? This way it can stay warm and the humidity can enter the main tank through the primary filter grate at the top. I might need to add an airstone to move the water around and generate humidity a bit. Any thoughts on this?

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I was having trouble maintaining humidity and heat in my Spec V while performing a dry start. I have sealed the bottom inlet to the filter compartment, and am wondering if I can fill the filter area and add a heater to it? This way it can stay warm and the humidity can enter the main tank through the primary filter grate at the top. I might need to add an airstone to move the water around and generate humidity a bit. Any thoughts on this?



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Humidity and heat are directly correlated. I would suggest putting the tank on a seedling start mat to keep the humidity higher, if there is any sort of leak you could end up damaging your heater and the tank if you try to seal it up.

Tom Barr doesn't even cover his tanks, apparently he just sprays them twice a day to keep the humidity up. Do your plants seem to be suffering?

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Thanks, I was trying to stick with what I have (spent enough on tank and heater). I have a heating pad I could use, but wasn’t sure about sitting a tank with those edges on it. My house gets down to around 62 at night. The plants have only been in a couple of days, I was just trying to preempt any issues. S. Repens in eco complete in a stock setup if that matters. Heater is a 50w Cobalt. Thanks again
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