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Old 09-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so i got a new hedgie, i got all the supplies i needed, except heating. I saw a thread about heating options and the only one that really works for me is the heat lamp and thermometer idea. So i clicked on the link and was directed to a few products. Then i started reading reviews and found a ton of bad reviews for the zilla temperature controller. So my question is how do you keep your hedgie warm and do you use a different product that might be of better quality? I want to get this figured out asap so i can make sure he stays at the right temp
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viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4579 Have a look a look at that thread, it should help
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the zilla temp controller and it is working well for me, I even ordered mine for cheaper off eBay. I have a thermometer on the cage also and it shows a consistent temperature whenever I check.
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Most people that I've seen on the forum use the Zilla ReptiTemp controller, I think. I used it as well and love it - it takes a little messing around with it at first to figure out where to set it to keep the temperature you want (since it doesn't really follow the numbers on the controller, at least not in my experience), but once you have it set, it's good to go. I never had any issues with mine, and I love the 1000-watt controller because you can plug up to three lamps into it. I had to use two for my hedgehog's cage, so it was perfect.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I ordered my zilla temp controller, my che bulb and dome and another dome to put a light bulb in, as well as a digital thermometer and a night and day timer. So im hoping that i have everything i need then to keep him warm and on schedule. Until then, ive got my heat cranked up cuz of course a cold front has to come thru before i could get my heating supplies. So thank you guys for the input.
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Sounds like you're good to go! Glad you're getting on top of it before it gets any colder, too many people just don't know/think about it until their hedgehog is already hibernating and in danger.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok so all of my heating suppliea finally came. Now i jist need some input on how to set everything up. I got a digital thermometer that has a probe on it and there is also a probe on zilla temp controller, i have a super pet wire cage with the plastic bottom. So my question is where is the best place to place the probes so my hedgie cant get to them but they still get an accurate reading?
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both my probes hang together in the middle at the top of the cage, hanging about 6" down into the cage. I use two CHEs, so there's one on either side of the probes.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Oh duh! I never even thought to let them hang from the top, i was frying my brain trying to figure out how to attach them to the cage so he couldnt get to them. Thanks for the genius idea
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Oh, double duh. I have mine coming with a probe and was wondering the same thing! LOL
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