Hope you have enjoyed the break from hearing from me! It has been a nice break after posting everyday for April.
A common misconception is that the frogs live in the rain forest so they love it hot. Poison dart frogs should never get above 78 degrees. They are not heat tolerant at all and it is very easy for them to overheat and die due to being unable to cool themselves by evaporation.
I find a good rule of thumb to be:
Assume tanks are 5 degrees warmer than the room temperature
This takes into account the extra heat from lights & trapped heat within the tank. Now keep in mind that the room temperature is actual temperature, not how cool it feels due to a breeze, as the tanks don’t receive any breeze or wind to cool it (unless of course you have internal fans,but that’s a separate issue).
Here are some tips to keep your tanks cool through the hot summer days:
Portable A/C Units
-This is the easiest way to cool the tank. If the room is cool then the tank will never get outside of the desired temperature range.
Reverse Light Cycle
-By allowing the lights off during the hottest portions of the day, you reduce the risk of the tank getting too hot.
Switch to LED lights
-LED lights do not emit as much heat as less efficient fluorescent or incandescent lights.
Raise Lights Above Tank
-Increasing height above tank will reduce the amount of trapped heat above the tank
Switch to screen top/ ventilation strips in lieu of glass
-screen tops will allow more heat to escape & you could direct a fan over top of tank to help with evaporative cooling
In an Emergency:
-Keep water bottles partially filled with water in the freezer so you can fill them with cold water & wrap in a towel to set in the tank.
-Misting with cool water will help to cool the tank down
Turn off Lights
-Turn off the tank lights will help to reduce unnecessary heat
Pack Up Frogs
-If it appears that this is going to be a prolonged event, the easiest way is to pack up the frogs and move them to a temporary location that will be cooler such as a relatives house or even the basement.
Got any more tips? Share them below in the comments!
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