If you are an owner of a vivarium, having a good vivarium thermostat system is crucial for your pet reptile or reptiles to thrive and be healthy. Thermostats are a requirement for survival of any living organisms within the vivarium since not all species can adapt to local climate and temperatures.
A Thermostat is the controller that is usually connected to heating or infrared lamps, hot plates and/or heat mats and other installations designed to keep air within the vivarium at the right temperature. There are many varieties of thermostats, keep on reading to find out which one is the best for your vivarium.
One of the most important features of a thermostat is reliability. A good thermostat will last you a long time and you will be sure that your pets or plants are safe when you are away for a longer time. Since the life of the vivarium inhabitants depends on the thermostats ability to function properly and keep a constant temperature without interruptions it is a wise choice to invest in a quality thermostat.
In order to simulate a day and night circle the thermostat must be able to switch between temperatures. Most living organisms require the night as much as day to live healthy and prosper.
When choosing a vivarium thermostat you should consider your budget and the size of your vivarium. How many lamps do you have, how much power will be required to power all the lamps and heating. Do you have a large viv or a smaller glass container? Sometimes you might have to buy several thermostats if you have to cover a large area with varying temperatures. (Not usually for home vivariums though).
For reptiles sometimes the simple on and off thermostat can be too stressful. There are also dimmer thermostats which are quite advanced and used mostly for reptile heating. These thermostats allow the heat to gradually lower as the pre-set temperature has been reached. Different areas with different temperatures are an ideal setup for reptiles that inhabit the vivarium, since they can always choose to move to a warmer/colder side if they get uncomfortable with the current temperature.
To find out which is the best thermostat for your reptiles, plants or other organisms, you should consult a professional and educate yourself on the specie. Feel free to ask the vendor you are buying your pets or plants from what kind of temperatures and environment is the best for the specific organism.
You should also make sure that the specific thermostat you are buying works with the heating equipment in your vivarium. You don’t always have to buy the most expensive one. More expensive doesn’t always mean better, but they might have more functions, however not all organisms require advanced heating options for their habitat. Sometimes you might have to buy a double thermostat, meaning that there are two thermostats in one ensuring two separate temperatures for your vivarium.
Hopefully this article will help you understand the basics of vivarium thermostat qualities and properties, as well as help you choose the right thermostat for your vivarium.
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