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Old 12-09-2011, 01:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm picking Marvin up on Monday and I want to give his heating system a little test run. I have a 2' x 3' C&C cage with linen shelves as a cover. The heating system consists of a 150W red light in an 8.5" clamp lamp connected to a Zilla temp controller. Here's my concern... I don't want to end up melting the plastic coating on the linen shelves. How far away should the lamp be away from the bars? Where have others clamped the lamp onto the cage? I have some places that aren't on the cage I could clamp the lamp to... but they're kind of far away and probably would prevent the light from providing adequate heat to Marvin.
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's where I'm currently thinking of putting the lamp...
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe you should be okay with that. Just make sure it hears the cage up to the temp you want. You may need a second though because your cage is prett big. So test it out :3
Oh may I recommend getting a different wheel? They often get their toe nails caught in a limitless slit and the get ripped off. viewtopic.php?f=43&t=14937
And IMO aspen can be used but it sucks and can harbor mites :/
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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With the lamp that far away, there is not going to be much heat going into the cage. The fixture should be either on top of or close to the top of the cage. You can still leave it clamped, but position it closer to the top bars. It shouldn't melt the plastic of the shelves unless the emitter itself is touching the plastic. Do some testing to see what works best.

A ceramic heat emitter would be a better choice of heater as some hedgehogs will not be active under red light.

Moving the cage up off the floor would also be a good idea as the floor is the coldest part of a room and even with heating, the floor of the cage will possibly still stay cold. Many people use another row of grids underneath to raise the cage up and the space underneath provides storage.

I love the way you have the top made out of the shelving. It makes a awesome good looking secure lid. I've recommended that type of lid so often and nobody ever seems to do it.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a CSW coming in the mail the Silent Spinner is from a previous pet. Its just a place holder, new wheel should be here today or tomorrow. I know Aspen can harbor mites and I'm going to keep a close eye on him. I'm a college student so washing liners could become a problem considering there's not a washer/dryer in my house. I do have a CHE as back up, I really wanna see him run around at night under the red light, I've had reptiles so I have a surplus of other heating set ups to try. I'm being somewhat conservative because my downstairs roommates are from Ethiopia and hate the Minnesota winters... They've been keeping the house at 72+ and I'm on the top floor so its toasty...

We'll see, I turned on the lamp last night and it switched off almost immediately, when the temp controller was set to 75. It kicked back on around 3AM and turned back off at 4AM... So maybe heating won't be a problem even though its 15 degrees outside. Now of course I'm worried about overheating the poor guy in the middle of winter.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Washing a piece of fleece is not a problem. Use the bathroom sink with a little bit of detergent and wash by hand. Hang to dry either over the shower rod or the back of a chair. If you let them dry in your room, it will add moisture to the room which is a good thing.
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