I have a question about your tubs: Do you all prefer using lids or no lids?
If I were to start using a rack system, I think I would use lids. I like the idea of that added layer of security.
Also: taping down the heat tape: does the foil tape intensify the direction the heat travels? I think I heard of someone using it to sandwhich their heat tape to the bottom of a tank to direct the heat flow upward. And what other types of tape can you use? Electrical? Duct?
I understand the concept of the tape. and I'm sorry if this is a stupid question...
I'm wondering about the wiring of the tape..not how to, but which way. let me explain if I can:
Do you snake all the tape back and forth down the rack from shelf to shelf and then only wire once with one dimmer and one thermostat??? if so does the tape stay at a consistent heat throughout the whole length?
Or do you wire each shelf seperately with it's own dimmer and outlet plug, and maybe even thermostat?
I would like to think there is a way to do it without snaking the tape back and forth through each shelf (only because it gets more expensive). But I also don't want an electrical cord hanging down the back from each shelf.??
Sorry. for being this confused some one please help with this question.
Heat tape. Is a thick plastic film that has 2 metal strips (one on each side ) and connections going back and forth. When electricity is applied it heats up. Hence why u always want to regulate it with a dimmer (limits the amount of electricity going thru hence less heat) or with a thermostat (on/off) that will only let it get to a certain temp and then stop all electricity or a proportional thermostat which essentially self regulates the amount going to it , in essence am automatic dimmer switch.