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    Default How does heat tape work..

    Ok, here is what I have been told heat tape is:
    A strip you attach to your bin. Each strip is connected to a thermostat.

    Is this right? And does the tape go on the bottom or side?

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    Are you using on a rack? or aquarium?
    yes you must use a thermostat, if using for geckos it would go under the tub for belly heat.

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    Right now my tank is aquarium with UTH pad..

    I was just wondering in case I ever get a rack. So is that basically how it works?

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    it comes in a roll they cut the lenght you need either they wire it for you or you wire it yourself. Other than that yes thats how it works

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    Basically it's a very good conducting metal that's trapped in a permanent casing of thin plastic. Where it is cut at the edges, the metal is exposed. You are supposed to solder or clamp a wire (cable) to it, and eventually a plug of some sort--which then plugs into the thermostat. You place the thermostat's probe in one of the tubs, on the substrate and then adjust it to the proper temperature.

    Seems complicated, but it's not really lol
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    So the exposed wires connect to the thermostat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish View Post
    So the exposed wires connect to the thermostat?
    I suppose instead of wire I should have said cable or cord..the "wires" you connect to the heat tape are usually coated, not exposed. You have to expose the tip to solder them though. Here's a vid I found that basically shows what to do
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    You dont have to use a thermostat, a rheostat works as well. The kits are safer and only cost a few dollars more if you dont want to solder. The wires are just like your regular old plug from an appliance or extension cord. I bought extension cords from the dollar store and used them for each row of heat tape.

    Generally people use heat tape on the bottom in the back. Depending on how many shelves you have it is a good idea to have a thermostat/rheostat for every 3-4 shelves.

    Good luck!

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    I was thinking on putting some bins in the stand of my 75g fish tank. Would it be safe for the heat tape to rest on the bottom of a bin, with the bin on a wooden stand?

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    it's okay as long as the temperature is regulated by a thermostat. If you lay aluminum foil underneath the tape, on top of the wood, it will be reflected up into the tubs instead of down into the wood and use less energy to heat your bins
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