If you own a humidifier to keep dry skin, allergies and other issues at bay all-year-round, you should also concentrate on your pets’ needs when it comes to air moisture levels, especially if you own an amphibian or a reptile, since proper humidity is not a question of comfort for them, but rather a necessity.
It is vital that the environment in a frog tank or a vivarium is maintained at an optimal level of humidity since it provides healthy conditions for their skin, eyes, respiration and even for the shedding process. Besides hydration, proper moisture levels are essential for egg incubation and typical reptile behaviour.
Although you can use a spray bottle to increase humidity levels in a vivarium, constantly having to remember to fill a clean bottle with fresh water and mist the inside of the terrarium can be a hassle. You could also try a programmable misting system, but most reptile and amphibian owners would recommend using a fogger, also known as a humidifier, for vivarium tank builds.
Devices such as ultrasonic foggers and humidifiers can maintain the humidity levels in your frog tank at optimal levels with less input on your part. But how do you decide what is best for your reptile or amphibian tank?
Using a cool mist or ultrasonic humidifier is ideal for pet enclosures but be sure to also use a hygrometer so you can figure out how to adjust the humidifier’s activity since different species have distinct requirements. It is not recommended to just leave the humidifier on for long periods, since in the native environment of your reptile or amphibian, humidity levels fluctuate during the day, and you should adjust the conditions in the tank accordingly.
Every reptile or amphibian specie has specific needs when it comes to humidity. If a green tree frog is comfortable with a humidity level of over 65%, snakes can manage humidity levels that range from as low as 50% to as high as 70%. If you own a gecko, it gets even trickier, since the humidity range varies widely depending on their species.
Besides using a cool mist or ultrasonic humidifier for your frog tank or vivarium, to get the best results you should consider other aspects that help maintain air moisture:
Use moisture-retaining substrates, adjusting them according to the needs of the species you own. You can choose from sandy substrates, coconut husk, orchid bark or even cypress mulch. Moss is another great way to retain moisture in the vivarium, and it also enhances the overall realistic appearance of the environment.
Decrease some of the ventilation since it can act counterintuitively and decrease humidity levels in the tank. Always check your pet and see if there are any changes in their skin or scales condition to see if you need to readjust humidity and ventilation settings.
Frog tanks with species that welcome more water in their environments could be enhanced with water dishes or other water setups, such as vivarium waterfalls, rain chambers and water drippers – they all increase humidity levels in a reptile or amphibian vivarium.
You should choose a cool mist humidifier for your vivarium since hot mist humidifiers can increase the temperature in the tank and could harm the frogs.
First, you need a vivarium fogger or humidifier that has a compact and durable design. Then, you should check for the assembly instructions, since you need it to be quick and straightforward. The water capacity is essential, so look for a larger tank capacity, especially if your tank is the home for numerous reptiles and amphibians. A flexible hose will ease the installation process, while features such as dry-run protection or adjustable misting settings will ensure the safety and health of your pets. Last, but not least, look for a humidifier with a tank designed so that is easy to refill.
This buying guide provides you with several models to consider in order to purchase the right humidifier for your tank.
To allow proper digestion, humidity is very important in a vivarium. It should be noted that a hygrometer is very useful for keeping the humidity correct.
To lower humidity you can use a de-humidifier, but with a vivarium you can open it up to the normal air, and extra humidity will soon be gone
If the humidity outside of your room is lower (which it normally will be), then opening a window will reduce the humidity in the room and surrounding area
If you require more information, please check these references
Methodologies for the Care, Maintenance, and Breeding of Tropical Poison Frogs , article, "www.tandfonline.com", retrieved on, Fri 16-October-2020
Evaluation Of Aquaponics Technology In Alberta , article, "aquaponics.com", retrieved on, Fri 16-October-2020
Designing Environments for Captive Amphibians and Reptiles , article, "www.sciencedirect.com", retrieved on, Fri 16-October-2020
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