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Beetle Setup Help

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by timhunter, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. timhunter

    timhunter New Member

    I am setting up a small chest freezer for beetles was told to use small ceramic heater.. Do you recommend a reptile heater or forced air heater. I was wondering about the bugs getting into the forced air heater
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    If the bugs can get to the fixture, use one of those ceramic reptile heaters. Be careful not to get a high wattage one as they focus the heat in a beam and you will have a bad hot spot if you don't have adequate air circulation. Others have used the small fan heaters and those have been secured in such a way that the bugs can't get to it.

  3. timhunter

    timhunter New Member

    ok thanks. It does have a step in the freezer where the compressor goes under.
  4. I’ve been using the red heat lamps. In my small colony. And it works great. In my big tank I have 2 red lamps and 1 ceramic. It is big so no issues with ceramic
  5. woakley144

    woakley144 Active Member

    I to have my bug tank in an old freezer, what I did was use a basket that was in the freezer to put my ceramic heater in. I can keep them at a temp that varies from 70-80 degrees that way. The best temp that I have found for them is about 75. I have a thriving colony right now just waiting to go to work. I keep them fed with meat I take off the necks and the full body animals that I have caped out.
    Doing it this way I have a steady supply of food for the bugs..
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  6. I use reptile heat lamps you can get at any pet store. They work perfect