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What is the best way to create heat for reptiles in a paludarium? Im worried about a heat rock possibly falling into the water and electrocuting things.
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hi there,
i have an underwater heater "buried" under the egg-crate etc. i plug it in in the morning and unplug it in the evening. The tank heatrs up during the day and cools at night. the frogs are often in the water regardless of time of day or water temp.
i also have over-tank lighting that keeps the air pretty warm.
it works for me
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Usually the heater used for the water is enough for amphibians, as warm water heats up the air. However, for reptiles, which tend to stay most time out of water, a heating bulb would be a fine complimentary heater. Just about any bulb is fine, even fluorescents give enough heat to warm up the air, but due to ventilation, not much is accomplished with them. I recommend dicroic reflector halogen bulbs because I have hade good experience with them, but incandescents will do the trick too.

Heating rocks are supposed to be water resistant, unless they are the porous type they will soak.. As long as the wire junction is well sealed, it shouldn't be much of a problem using it on the emersed land part.

What kind of reptiles are you thinking about?


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we dont know for sure, but anoles have been recommended.
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i think that anoles can be difficult to keep.
if its reptiles you want, why a paludarium and not a terrarium? i'd worry that the reptiles would drown.
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Most lizards can swin a bit to reach land. However a terrarium is better for them. Anoles can stick to glass just like geckoes, but condensation can make them to fall. If a lot of branches are provided for climbing, they will barely care about the water.

I don't think there are many reptiles suitable for paludariums. No one wants turtles beacuse they eat your plants and your fish. Water snakes will eat fish that fit their mouths, they live good in them. Arboreal snakes and lizards do fine in them, but do not interact much with the flooded environment, so it is more like a terrarium and and aquarium in the same tank

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if its reptiles you want, why a paludarium and not a terrarium?
Agreed. Paludariums are more for amphibians.
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we arent completely sure of what we want. from the sounds of it amphibians would be better than reptiles, so maybe we will go that way.
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