Humidity help please

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Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:36 pm

Hey everyone,
just wanted to know of any effective ways that you use to decrease the humidity in reptile vivariums?
Any help would be much appreciated as I have to get the humidity down to 50% to 60% which is currently at 80% to 90%.
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby kfc223 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:51 pm

Moving the water bowl away from the heat source should help. What's it for? And ventilation will also help!
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:58 pm

Did both of those, thanks kfc223.
Any of the not so well known ways would also be appreciated.
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby kfc223 » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:45 pm

How big is your cage?
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:55 pm

The cage is L60cmxW30cmxH30cm.
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby PBV » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:26 pm

What type of enclosure is it? Wooden,glass,tub?
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby nvlooi » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:38 pm

In a small cage like that a solution would be to add several vents on top and top corners of the cage.
That is if you don't live in a place like Durban where the humidity is very high!

Another option is to put extractor fans in.

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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:40 pm

Glass unfortunately.
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sushi without wasabi - Gintoki (Gintama)
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:42 pm

I live next to the eastern coast so the humidity is almost always high.
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sushi without wasabi - Gintoki (Gintama)
I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it - Steve Irwin
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby Antman » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:02 pm

What are you keeping in it?
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:20 pm

Keeping my western hognose in a fish tank, it was fine where I use to stay as the humidity was relatively low, but now that I live next to the coast the humidity has shot up.
The top has as many ventilation holes as what I cram in and I have moved the waterbowl as far away from the heat source as possible.
The money is a bit tight at the moment so a new vivarium is out of the question, will probably get one in a few months.
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sushi without wasabi - Gintoki (Gintama)
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby shadowfoot » Tue Dec 27, 2011 9:00 pm

I am going to buy extractor fans probably, I just wanted to know, do I need two(one pulling air in and one pulling air out) or only one pulling air out?
Any other advice is still much appreciated.
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A life without gambling is like
sushi without wasabi - Gintoki (Gintama)
I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it - Steve Irwin
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby it_bit_me » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:34 am

Will using wood shavings as substrate help with the humidity?
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby PBV » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:25 pm

What kind of heating equipment do you use?
If you use heat pads,try switching to an infrared lamp or a night light. I've found that with heat pads the humidity is always higher,not sure about the reason. Lamps just seem to lower the humidity in my experience.
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Re: Humidity help please

Postby Hoss » Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:45 pm

Yeah putting a bulb in will certainly help, but it could cause temp problems in the small enclosure. a ceramic heat emitter would probably be the best bet while attached to a thermostat because they are a lot more forgiving to being switched on and off by the thermostat than the bulbs.
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