I sometimes use this $11 one off Amazon. It's 0.3oz and keeps a log of highs and lows with temp and humidity. I run it overnight so I have an idea how cold it got. It only goes down to 23F.
It looks like an Inkbird Hygrometer. Based on picts on Amazon the first number is temp and the second is humidity.
I believe I got a pair of these and they work great. For measuring basking spot you'll want a temperature gun for spot accuracy
$70 for the controllers and $50 fogger. Probably cheaper at a store.
best substrate: coconut husk and sphagnum moss. Should be 3-4 inches deep.
You can spray water daily to bring the humidity up, but I would recommend getting a standard humidifier, and running a plastic tube from the humidifier to the enclosure. Set it on a timer so it goes off for one minute every morning before the lights go on. In my experience this one minute is enough to keep the humidity within the right range.
humidity gauge: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QC7JRDP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
best bulbs: for UVB Reptisun, for basking bulbs the brand is not super important I dont think.
Inkbird makes a cheap controller for this I’ve been looking at myself here Amazon
Last year a buddy and I both got really interested in internal air quality. You can purchase CO2 monitors like this one on amazon. I found that my office was about 700 ppm and my car varied based on whether I was using outside and or inside air as the source for my air conditioning.
We also had a co-worker that had a device that would measure PM2.5 particulates (I'm not sure where he got it from, but I'm told it was quite expensive).
The most intersting result I got from all of this had to do with my home office. I found that if I was working in it for a long time with the windows closed, I would get over 1000ppm CO2 in under 2 hours. As a result, I made sure to open my windows every time I was in there for more than 15 minutes.
This actually made a lot of sense to me after the fact because I would often getting tired while working in there, but I had previously assumed it was from lack of stimulation or laziness.
Not really going anywhere with this, but if you are someone who is interested in this topic because you have bad air quality locally, I encourage you to look around for tools that let you measure the environments you frequent.
Got them from Amazon. I have the inkbird hygrometer on the maduro jars and some cheapo Chinese brand hygrometer for my Connecticut jars.
It's a Premium 12.5 cu ft Beverage Fridge PRF125DX. https://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/catalog-product.jsp?prodId=PRF125DX&contact_eid=7a2e637f-b055-468f-8c15-84895f9eca83&utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%25%25%23productName_%23%25%25&utm_content=04/09/2019&utm_ca.... Also on Home Depot, Amazon, etc.
As for a thermometer/humidity sensor, I got the Sonoff TH16 with the added Si7021 probe. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTNSJ46/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The black wire in bottom right is the Sonoff.
Inkbird Temperature and Humidity... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I needed one that could also run the ac so the 1800watts was the main reason for this model. You can change the humidity and temperature sensor so you could change to what you need honestly really like it.
Yes and no at first the fridge would not stay above 34 rh after some research it's this model fridge and was able to tape up the sensor and now it is between 55 and 60 constantly so good...... But also think this might be because of the rain we are getting so just keeping an eye on it.
I've been using this device for years for a very similar use case. The on and off switching is built in to its app functionality so you don't have to make a custom routine. You do have to salvage one extension cord for its wiring, but it works great. It uses the ewelink app which is Google compatible
You are leaps and bounds ahead of the needed recommendation to start trouble shooting long before plants.
I use a Gosund smart outlet that has a few managed outlets. Some always on and a couple of USB.
I used this inkbird device last time. Little more than I need really. I might have gotten a similar effect with an AC infinity temp controlled inline fan/carbon filter instead of this guy. But it’s here now.
Congrats on the graduation to the next phase.
This is the one that I use.
You don't need it but you will work a lot harder to keep things right and it won't be as stable as if you automate it.
Seconding this. I've been very happy using this to control my humidifier and dehumidifier. You set a target RH and the acceptable range. For example, I've got my target set to 55% right now, so at 60% the dehumidifier kicks in and the humidifier comes on at 50% if the RH gets too low.
I grabbed mine during a Reddit giveaway/discount promo maybe a year back. Their official account is u/ink-bird if you want to stalk them for promos.
Alright, idk how to send pics on reddit.. laugh at me 😋.. so yeah i guess ill text it.. i have a heater set across from my grow tent about 5 feet away (its an electric oil radiator or some sh*t idk (bc its colder in my basement) set on a time. The NON HEAT PRODUCING small bright light inside, fan in tent, and humidifier thing all on another timer (same device). The humidifier is outside pumping air and moisture in at once. Mine could use more fae but Im working on it. Trying to fan a little air into there once a day or every other day or so, to exchange air. Edit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share this is the timer device i use
I actually only bought one item from Amazon, the inkbird temp and humidity sensor. Link below. I had an old stand up freezer, a humidifier, and a little fan already. I started trial running it last night before I started drilling holes in the freezer and it works perfectly! I have a separate temp and humidity gauge coming to confirm at various points in the freezer, but so far so good.
Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired AC Dual Stage Outlet Thermostat with 12 Period Time Stage, 1800w, ETL Listed (with Temperature and Humidity Sensor) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_.DMVBbR7EYYTD
I see a number of them on Amazon, but I guess if this is something you are worried about, you would be better off spending the money on an air-to-air exchanger; if you do have a problem, that's what you will solve it with anyway.
60/40 coco/perilite, fed her tomato nutes from Dr. Gold Pure Earth (1-1-1) and did basically everything wrong, but she's still going! Amazing plant!
For the jars (if anyone is interested) I bought some glass amber jars that had plastic lids, some silicone waterproof sealant, used an electric drill (that cost like 25 bucks at Walmart), a 1 3/4" holedozer bit, and these round hygrometers from Amazon. Took about 30 minutes to get it all done as someone who is NOT very good at crafty things, and lids were dried by the next day.
I tried to stab the holes with a knife - bad idea (hence scratched up lids lmao). I bought a 1 1/2" holedozer and it was definitely too small, we had to use sandpaper to get the hole big enough to fit the hygrometer inside. The 1 3/4" bit was questionably the right size, if not just a hair too big. Hence, the thick ass line of silicone sealant. The hygrometers do come out of the box slightly off, but leaving them out to air for like 2 hours got them all regulated. The batteries can still be accessed and changed from under the lid, so these should be able to be continually used! I just wish they were prettier, but hey, you learn right?
Your humidity is fine. Stop misting and see how things go. Also this little guy has worked great for me. Some people don't like them but I've had no issues. If your temps are around 70-80f and you're seeing condensation on your box walls you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Or get a Inkbird, it's plug and play (no wiring).
This one yeah? : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Waves-Humidipak-Automatic-Humidity/dp/B000OMG0KI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?crid=3HBJ956ARG1C0&keywords=d+addario+humidipak&qid=1669005621&sprefix=d+addario+humidipak%2Caps%2C353&sr=8-1-spons&sp_csd=d2l...
Or would this suffice? (bit cheaper but don't mind paying for the above if I need to): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Waves-Acoustic-Guitar-Humidifier/dp/B0002D0COE/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_sspa?crid=28S82ODCFHYQD&keywords=d+addario+humidipak&qid=1669005687&sprefix=d+addario+humidipak%2Caps%2C269&sr=8-2-spons&sp_csd=d2lkZ...
After ~3 years boas should only be fed once every 3-4 weeks, so that's not an issue. They're hard to starve.
Try to keep humidity around 75-80% (this hygrometer is great). My girl goes blue first for about a week, then clears up for a week, then sheds. Bathing shouldn't be necessary unless the shed is shredded and incomplete.
Myc piss is normal when FC are introduced. U want to stay in FC at this point and u do not want densely packed polyfil. That will potentially limit the natural evaporation of moisture off your substrate and reduce the oxygen that can get into ur tub. I recommend you get a hygrometer like that this one. Do not close any holes either, just use poly fill in all of them and put a fan in the room on oscillate, keep tub’s ambient temp at 70-72 degrees. Misting and fanning creates a primary pinning trigger. Use a continuous mist spray bottle. Me personally, I case with bubble wrap bc it encourages primordia growth and I fan like 3-5 times a day; on sides and lid of tub and light mist on sub, until clusters of pins start forming. Then I continue misting and fanning bc that’s what my environment requires to maintain high humidity. Yours may be different.
What I bought is more or less these: https://www.amazon.com/JEDEW-Hygrometer-Thermometer-Humidifiers-Dehumidifiers/dp/B07GR65CNT/ref=sr_1_6?crid=36WRLD6HVH6UQ&keywords=hygrometer&qid=1662913639&sprefix=hygrometer%2Caps%2C179&sr=8-6
All I’m saying is, while a home monitoring integrated hygrometer is great, you’re going to spend time finding, selecting and installing that item. If you’re in no rush, that’s totally cool. But, if you have any impatience to start considering your options, a few bucks in a hardware store will get you info the same day.
I would suggest getting another crab, as they need the company. 10 is probably the lowest to go, tank-wise for 2 little crabs. At some point, you'll want to upgrade, but for now they'll be good. It's ok to not have the best equipment right away, but if you're serious about it, try to work your way up to better stuff.
For the thermometer/hydrometer, I just ordered this today. It's a good price and has plenty of good reviews, so hopefully it holds up.
I would ditch the moss except in the humid hide. It’ll be bad news for your leo if they accidentally ingest some.
Also the cheap temperature gauges that you have are notorious for being horribly inaccurate. I’d recommend one of THESE instead.
Inkbird ITH-10 Digital Thermometer and Hygrometer Temperature Humidity Monitor Humidor Guitar Ukulele Mason Jar. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0140UC9XQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3ZRJW7G1XRNN1KAC51RP
I’ve had good luck with these
Maybe something like this. I’m not familiar w this brand but you get the idea. Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired Dual Stage Thermostat 120VAC 15A 1800W ETL Listed Mushroom Greenhouse Homebrew https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ND46NH8ZN8P77JJ2EB22?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Test it with your phone, you can get a free app that can give you at least a rough idea.
Temps are fine, what exactly are the species you have? So you know if they are low, intermediate or highland etc
You can get super cheap ones like this
At under $5 there is no real reason not to have one unless one has a mental disorder like OCD.
Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital Indoor Humidity Gauge Monitor with Temperature Meter Sensor Fahrenheit (℉) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QGJ5J7WZJDJ2BZZG8D6W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I tried a few of these recently and the best ones I found were actually the one that Inkbird makes.
They are like 12+ dollars... I got 4 of them and they all matched what the others said. This was not true of any of the other mini hygrometers I bought.
The Inkbird ones also exactly matched the Inkbird sensor that I use in my grow room.
I tried a couple different mini hygromoters that come in packs of like 5-12 and I also tried the Calibre 4 and none of them were accurate.
Not with ecobee. But if you're going to be physically in the room, a regular thermometer updates pretty often.
Under $5 with free next-day shipping for Prime
It's another dollar or two if you'd rather have one that uses AA or AAA instead of button batteries.
Not bad :)
I would put one of the slate pieces underneath the heat lamp. The lamp will warm up the slate and provide a nice warm spot to sleep on and belly heat to help them digest their food.
I also recommend placing the hygrometers more to the bottom as temps and humidity tend to be different lower in the tank and that is where your gecko resides. In my own experience these digital ones are a lot more reliable.
If you can I’d also add another hide in the middle of the tank. Something like a snake cave or zilla rock lair with paper towels inside, which helps them with shedding.
This is the one i have
I can tell that its not humid enough even without the gauge. The humidity basically evaporates within an hour or less. The lid is fully wooden with no holes. I will mix the moss in and add rocks on top. Thanks for the help!
Don’t worry, I think it’s great to reach out here to get info and help your kid, shows you’re a great mum :) Leopard geckos are quite hardy, they don’t die over night!
For the thermometers, I personally use these combo meters from amazon. The probe ones will do fine as well, but they can be a lot more expensive. Just make sure you calibrate them before using as to make sure the readings are accurate.
You should place them at the height of where you’re gecko moves around, which is usually more towards the bottom of the tank.
I have one on the warm side and one on the cool side as to ensure ambient temps are 90F and 70F. I try to maintain the ambient humidity between 45% and 50%, though it’s normal if thats lower where the heat source is. Would not make it drop below 35% on the warm side though.
i've heard these digital ones are really good and inexpensive.
you don't need a hygrometer on both sides of the tank.
what do you mean "cap"? the cage it's surrounded by? i would get a different one, but only because it doesn't really protect against your reptile touching it and getting burns. also, CHEs aren't really efficient for ambient heat, more for basking spots.
You either want the room you keep it in to be 45-55% humidity or you can keep it in a hard case with either these pouches they sell or a reusable sponge kit that doesn't drip.
I think they make restorative packs too for really dried out gits, but I haven't tried them. Others or a local shop more have more experience with that.
Oh and here are the controllers I use to keep my VPD in check: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-ITC-308-Temperature-Controller-Humidity/dp/B01N56KEU6/ref=sr\_1\_5?gclid=CjwKCAiAyPyQBhB6EiwAFUuakoYiJCjVmYemncw13TtaruJPmlFN\_pxM7aAxfzr-j-qa9LnCDbJTGRoCE3cQAvD\_BwE&hvadid=580995958316&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=...
I used these for humidity and temp: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07GR67G1M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_FR6YAJ4YM52QCJJHZ9Q2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I also purchased a temp gun for surface temperature.
Well that’s not necessarily true in my experience. I’ve had bud that an Oz would barely fit in two of those bags, and other bud that would barely fill about 3/4 of one of those bags. Density of cannabis can vary a shit ton, so makes eyeballing stuff extremely hard.
I’d just recommend a scale obviously, but in addition to that buy a hygrometer. The hygrometer will tell you if the bud is still too wet or too dry. You’d want the bud to be around 58-62 relative humidity in a closed jar at room temp. You can pick up both on Amazon for $20 total and it’ll take the guess work out of it completely.
These are the hygrometers I use linked below, they’re $5 on Amazon. Highly recommend. You can pick up some bovedas or integra boost packs, and or a hydrostone to help regulate or fix most moisture issues. If the bud is too dry then put in a fresh pack, if it’s too wet throw in a dry hydrostone, and it’ll soak out some of the excess moisture.
In the US I almost never get wet weed anymore. It was pretty common when I was buying 10-15 years ago, but now a days if it’s anything it’s way too dry. Both are bad and can cause the cannabinoids and terpenes to degrade way faster than one might think. Even under ideal storage conditions THC loss is around 15-20% after just one year. It’s way higher if the bud is too dry or wet.
I get your point, and don’t mean to be an asshole with my comment. Just wanted to share some additional info pertaining to the topic that’s all. All love for my Australian BUDdies
Goabroa Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital Indoor Humidity Gauge Monitor with Temperature Meter Sensor Fahrenheit (℉) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_ARFR76C6QT3RRG9C1AAZ
Which Music Nomad pack?
Any humidity pack is intended to go in the guitar case, I use the D'Addario/Planet Waves bags with Boveda refills every 6-9 months.
Being out of the case for a few hours at a time isn't going to be an issue when its in the case with proper humidity 90% of the time.
Well exqueeeeze me, seems they've gone up a tad (I bought (directly) before COVID, didn't think of that)
Buts here is a link for the Sonoff s I bought
I love the device as it's essentially a more programmable smart switch with a thermostat/humidity gauge.
I'm sure you could probably wait and get it for $10 again and reading your comment sounds like you'd understand how to flash some firmware onto it for graphing
The inkbird is pretty neat. My inkbird has two outlets and two sensors which monitor the temperature and humidity. You set a range for both of these settings (a max, minimum, and alarm setting) and plug in your devices. The inkbird lets power through to your heater or humidifier or vibrating buttplug when it sense the temperature or humidity is low and turns it off once it reached your desired range of heat and or humidity. You could by a single sensor for either heat or humidity but I figured since I want to eventually transition to a martha or tent that it would be cheaper in the long run to buy the one that does both.
Inkbird Temperature and Humidity... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have a seven dollar timer from bimart(support employee owned businesses when you can) that I bought for the light. I will plan to use the same for a fan to set the intervals. For now, while I don't have a tent or a humidifier, doin the old spritzarooni.
I don't see why this wouldn't work. It's a switch designed to turn something off and off by temp, sort of like an IF/THEN statement in an app. It says the probe is water proof. But I don't see why would couldn't just not use the switch aspect and just confine the use to knowing the temperature of the water.
My original thought was meat thermometer probes used in meat smoking. The temp probes I have aren't smart compatible, but meat smoking is a "middle aged guys with money" hobby , I would have a hard time believing there wasn't one out there.
3 most important factors: light, environment, genetics.
VPD is your friend!!! Keep that link handy as you get your environment dialed in. Having a temp/rh controller like an InkBird is lifesaver.
MiracleGro is plant death - it's way too hot and will nuke your plants. Anything with "delayed feeding" is to be avoided.
You'll want to research seedling feeding, as a lot of people will either overwater or underwater which can start you off on a bad foot.
JEDEW 4-Pack Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital LCD Monitor Indoor/Outdoor Humidity Meter Gauge Temperature for Humidifiers Dehumidifiers Greenhouse Reptile Plant Humidor Fahrenheit(℉) or Celsius(℃) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GR67G1M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M4W6RWDH8MX2E7DJS0BF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If your phone has a humidity sensor you can use an app, otherwise you'll need a hygrometer. Any old cheap one will do if you don't want to drop money on a nice one.
Reason being, running a humidifier doesn't necessarily mean your humidity is high enough. I keep a full size humidifier running in my office 24/7 but it never gets above 40% in winter.
One more thing (sorry!!!). Do these look like something I could use?
These work great for me, they use little 3M tape pieces
JEDEW 4-Pack Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital LCD Monitor Indoor/Outdoor Humidity Meter Gauge Temperature for Humidifiers Dehumidifiers Greenhouse Reptile Plant Humidor Fahrenheit(℉) or Celsius(℃) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GR67G1M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_T4PMNB3J0R2A6R7CYNHP?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Any mini fridge. I don't think they're too different, also try craigslist/etc. to source them.
You can get something like these temp/humidity controllers, and thread the probes into your fridge: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-ITC-308-Temperature-Controller-Humidity/dp/B01N56KEU6
Plug your into the heating/cooling outlets, and configure your temp/etc. settings. If you find you need a heat source, an incandescent light bulb plugged into the heating outlet is usually sufficient.
For the humidity, dehumidifying is typically taken care of by the fridge compressor, so you'll just need to purchase a small humidifier and plug it into the humidity controller to keep the humidity at the level you're looking for.
https://www.amazon.com/JEDEW-Hygrometer-Thermometer-Humidifiers-Dehumidifiers/dp/B07GR65CNT/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?crid=3CR750KI5EJCE&keywords=digital+hydrogometer&qid=1637710274&qsid=142-5368852-9873625&sprefix=digital+hyd%2Caps%2C99&sr=8-9&sres=B01H1R0K68%2CB07GNMKYCZ%2CB07QC7JRDP%2CB08HWG68TG%2CB07QMZL448%2CB07GR65CNT%2CB0872X4H4J%2CB07WCR5Y4B%2CB07Z77FK4C%2CB08CGM8DC7%2CB07Y36FWTT%2CB07MCGDN5C%2CB07WJJ9265%2CB092TFZFD7&srpt=THERMOMETER it’s cheaper than I remembered
So I would 100% stay away from heating pads as they can be very dangerous to tarantulas. What I would do if you're concerned with the chill in the air is to buy a small space heater for the room that the tarantula is in. Tarantulas are pretty resilient creatures so as long as it's not below like 68 degrees then it'll be fine, but if it gets lower than that then just kick on the heater for a bit. And I've noticed since I started keeping that lots of times it feels colder than it is, so I bought a hygrometer that has a thermometer on it ( https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QC7JRDP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) just for my own peace of mind. I just keep it on the shelf with my tarantulas so I always can look to see what the real temperature is where they're sitting. Hopefully this helps and if you do decide to get the tarantula I hope everything works out great for you!
I’ve used this one
I put it in the wine cooler I had for brumation and it seemed pretty accurate.
here is a link to the thermometers i use. i love them! they're suction and digital if you're alright with that, they stay up and they're accurate! my last thermometers (don't even remember the name) were HORRIBLE, always so far off that my poor baby's humidity was never accurate and he always had issues shedding. in fact, i just found his first full shed in his enclosure this morning!!
the temperatures seem okay to me, but 82% humidity seems high, which i've been informed can lead to respiratory issues. however, i am by no means an expert! someone please feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.
hope this helps! :)
They get plenty of FAE from the 12 holes. If you want to actually measure the air quality in your tub here is a cheap meter. It may not be the most accurate like the hand held one's that are around $1k but it will give you an idea of how much air fresh air your tub is getting. https://www.amazon.com/CO2Meter-AZ-0004-Temperature-Relative-Humidity/dp/B001PDGFR8
>you plug both the humidifier and dehumidifier into one unit and the unit controls both to the humidity level you want
So this combo of controllers
Ah nice bro i dont the luxury of runnin an ac yet but hopefully gonna be able to next year.
Ah man you gotta get a few of these flower, veg, clone, dry, cure i use them everywhere honestly lol
Best money youll ever spend
If your humidifier does not have a humidistat and your space heater/AC does not have a thermostat:
AC infinity exhaust fans are known for being pretty quiet. Most peoples grow tents are kinda loud tho.
AC infinity has controllers to help regulate the tent so it's not exhausting too much or not enough.
If you exhaust to the room that your tent is in, your lung room, it can cause problems (heat/humidity) but can be done. It's best to just exhaust outside.
Carbon filters work best when the tent is under some negative pressure (walls suck inward). I don't smell anything until I open the tent up.
I try to support my hydroponics stores, even tho the little things are usually overpriced. Soil is usually cheaper at the store because of shipping cost.
Depends on the RH of the environment.
Veg has a diff RH requirement than flower and curing. It's good to be able to be flexible when you can.
Our winters get SUPER dry and you'll absolutely want to add humidity to your tent not only while growing, but when curing as well.
For what it's worth, you can find some cool shit like Inkbirds on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Temperature-Controller-Pre-Wired-Thermostat/dp/B07GQWY9HM
I've got one of those hooked up to a tiny cheap electric heater and a small humidifier. You can set the thresholds for when to kick on/off or alarm.
the sand in the front looks a little fine. is it calci sand? do you have a salt and fresh water bowls? take out the painted shells, they eat the paint, and you might want to get a digital hydrometer and thermostat (i like this one), and make sure our sand is 6 inched deep.
Thank you. This one does 2 settings, maybe humidity in the winter and temp in the summer
Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired Dual Stage Thermostat 120VAC 15A 1800W ETL Listed Mushroom Greenhouse Homebrew https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM
CONGRATULATIONS, you've achieved near perfect humidity!!
80% is perfectly fine, your snake loves it.
I would, however, recommend 2 separate hygrometers, one for the hot and one for the cool side. Digital is better than analog, I bought these [beauties](jedew 4-pack mini hygrometer thermometer digital lcd monitor indoor/outdoor humidity meter gauge temperature for humidifiers dehumidifiers greenhouse reptile plant humidor fahrenheit(℉) or celsius(℃) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GR67G1M/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_PBHHBFMZ0QZVXWG83F56?psc=1) and they've been great! Additionally, it isn't advised you use anything sticky that may come off in the enclosure. I have mine hot glued to the inside facing outwards, works great.
Best of luck!
I've done the same thing, but with this:
It monitors the temp, and I have it set up to turn on at x (high) and off at y(low). What I like about this is if for some reason wifi is lost, the device itself is responsible for the on off, not HA. I use HA to just track the device and have the current temp on my dashboard.
Goabroa Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital Indoor Humidity Gauge Monitor with Temperature Meter Sensor Fahrenheit (℉) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M351NHZ2XY619YB1ZSE7 this is the one I use it’s $4 it works very well just make sure not to spray the inside of it when you mist the tank.
oh dude, that's expensive. the one i use on amazon is super cheap...
All I did was add a controller to the carbon fan. I don't mind a little smell. Fan runs most of the time anyway venting humidity. I use this but I saw them as low as $25. Just search humidity controller. If you get a dehumidifier, you will need a controller anyway. The ones built in a extremely inaccurate. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_2Z5P5B9KNQHGCWDVWM8D
Yeah man! Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_71WREN45CRD6MQ77GQEQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I got it off Amazon and it was only $70! Pretty good for having both temperature and humidity readers 👍🏻
Are you in a particularly humid environment? If not, I'd be more worried about dust than moisture. Most normal air conditioned spaces are fine in terms of humidity.
The most basic storage would be a shelf on a bookshelf. A cabinet with closing doors would be better to keep out dust. Add a lock to keep out snooping eyes. There are cabinets of various sizes available at IKEA, Home Depot, Target, etc etc. I line the shelves of my gear cabinet with soft shelf liner.
If humidity is a concern, you can get a humidity gauge or humidity meter for not too much money. You could put a bucket of Damp-rid on each shelf. A small bucket of damp-rid has more moisture absorbing ability than silica gel. I did this for a few years when my gear closet was in a basement. I changed them out about once a month.
I'd be extremely reluctant to put my gear in a sealed zip-loc, it just sounds like you're asking for moisture (or insects, etc) to be trapped in there. I'd feel more comfortable having air circulate around the gear.
Humidity meter for US$5:
everyone says infinity, I use an Inkbird 608t
If you don’t believe published CO2 numbers, you can buy CO2 sensors for yourself.
Go ahead. I’ll wait here for you to test out the CO2 levels at your house and see if they’ve risen to 400 ppm or not.
Had the exact issue come up, bought a Sonoff from amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTNSJ46/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and connected it to my Home Assistant server. Should work w/o requiring any hub whatsoever and just over WiFi. Works flawlessly
Why does a simple thermometer need to be a full rack U?
Also, if you have a networked UPS, it may have a temperature probe option.
You could also build a networked temperature probe with a Raspberry Pi. Here's one pre-made and ready to go. https://watchman.online/
For my rack, I utilize a UPS probe. But the server inlet and outlet temperatures are the most useful. It doesn't matter that a particular spot in the rack is at 74F when a server outlet temperature is at 140F for some abnormal reason.
I just picked up a humidifier for my tropicals and wanted a way to measure the humidity, and I thought that these were just perfect! They're about 1x1.5" so they're small enough that I can hide them amongst my plants, and they're cheap enough that I was able to buy a few to go in different places around the room.
You don't need to worry about playing in a bone dry room. It's more of a long term effect. The only major concerns as far as immediate effects have more to do with temperature (e.g. taking a guitar out of a case in a warm room after having been in the extreme cold) which could damage the finish moreso than the actual structure.
For some peace of mind, I would recommend one of these to put in your case and make sure the humidity is staying around 50%. I've been using the same humidipaks for YEARS despite the manufacturer telling you to replace them every 2-6 months. They did dry out a bit during the New England winters, but I would kind of "recharge" them by putting them in a humid environment for 24-48 hours to reabsorb some moisture. Worked like a charm and all three of my guitars have stayed at a comfortable 45-51% humidity level.
I prefer the 2-way packs and keep the recommended set of three in each of my acoustic cases.
I see you are saying "case" and "bag". Which is it? Inexpensive storage might be part of the problem - also how are you measuring humidity?
A humidifier for when the guitar is out of the bag would be a room/whole home humidifier and would require installation work or continued maintenance (emptying the bucket in the summer, filling the bucket in the winter).
Inkbird Temperature and Humidity Controller ITC-608T Pre-Wired Dual Stage Thermostat 120VAC 15A 1800W ETL Listed Mushroom Greenhouse Homebrew https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QCRV7777CKEKQWH7GNK8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This what I use! Works pretty good
KVP Metallic Silver, and KVP Sea Blue. Thermometer/Hygro combo from Amazon. Designed the little holder, just snaps in and is attached with VHB tape
Get rid of that hydrometer. The analog ones aren't very accurate, I use this one:
Otherwise, cute beardie!
When you say “real” how much? Honestly, it doesn’t matter - humidify it. It’s wood and glued and if it gets really dry bracing will debond, neck will change shape, bridge will lift. It’s not a sales scam - it’s science. I just spent $600 repairing bracing and a bridge on a guitar that dried out. We have forced hot air and I started keeping one acoustic in the house (had always been in the more humid basement). Don’t make the same costly mistake I did.
D'Addario Humidipak Automatic Humidity Control System (for guitar) - PW-HPK-01 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OMG0KI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_U789FbF23NE4P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
oops that's a temp sensor, sorry. this one is a humidity sensor, though it doesnt have a wire lead https://www.amazon.com/Goabroa-Hygrometer-Thermometer-Temperature-Fahrenheit/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=humidity+gauge&qid=1608323827&sr=8-8
Cheap humidors never hold rh well, if you buy 65 boveda packs it will not hold there in my opinion. They tend to drop at least 4% You are right I said thermometer but meant one that gives hygrometer as well. https://www.amazon.com/JEDEW-Hygrometer-Thermometer-Humidifiers-Dehumidifiers/dp/B07GR65CNT/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=digital+thermometer+for+humidor&qid=1605389933&sr=8-4
You can always get a cheap hygrometer and get a better sense about whether you really need a humidifier, and for which area. Something like this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I’m using one these controllers [Inkbird Temperature and Humidity... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share] it kicks in the fogger when the humidity goes below 5% of the setpoint .
You're looking for a temperature/humidity controller. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GQWY9HM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_2QVGFbSCAF64Y
This will allow you to set a humidity/temperature level and turn something on to compensate. I have 2 of these and they work great.
You could attach some corrugated polycarbonate to enclose the space. Looks like you have room to screw it just under the eaves there and it would only leave tiny holes. You could also get some drain pans and put your plants in those if you're worried about water leaking. These types of pans are used under water heaters or like those under a laundry sink. Any home depot type store should carry them
Then just run the drains from those pans out under your balcony wall there. Humidity is simple enough to deal with by installing a backdraft port through the polycarbonate with a fan. I love these temperature/humidity sensors because they work great and are super convenient https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GQWY9HM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
plug the vent fan into the second plug for the humidity controller and you even plug a window fan into the temperature sensor to pull heat out into the balcony so you wouldn't have to use a secondary heater.
There are tons of YT videos on basic maintainence, string changes, etc., but I always recommend the Dan Erelwine books "How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!" and "The Guitar Player Repair Guide - 3rd edition". Check to make sure you get the latest edition.
Invest in a few tools and rulers and you're set.
If you're really concerned, keep something like this in the bag/case and/or something like this in the room.
But solid-body guitars just aren't as susceptible as acoustics, so a reasonable temp/humidity will be fine.
Goabroa Mini Hygrometer... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share this is one thats consistently four points lower And the other is just like it but it has a probe and its an exoterra
My bad, it's not absorbing more water, it's water holding capacity is increasing which allows it to absorb more moisture if/when it's available. So increased holding capacity decreases the humidity.
Depending on where your humidity sensor is, it's probably just reading the initial vapor from the humidifier. End of the day, you're going to have to keep that humidifier running and you're going to be dealing with constant humidity swings every time your lights turn on and off and the temp changes.
I had a similar issue with my seed germination cabinet and ended up solving it by exposing the lighting heatsyncs outside of the box to remove that variable and using a crockpot attached to a humidity controller to keep the heat/humidity where i needed it. It just has a thermostat/humidistat that turns it on and off as needed. I use this controller. Super simple to use.
When I was writing my response, I went to go put it on my scale so I could include the weight of it in my post but I couldn’t find it. I contacted my son and he thinks it’s in his backpack. It looks similar to this unit, but white. Goabroa Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital Indoor Humidity Gauge Monitor with Temperature Meter Sensor Fahrenheit (℉) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC7JRDP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zBbvFbR4KYM7C
I control temp with an in-line thermostat hooked up to a space heater.
If you want to control humidity at the same time inkbird makes a temperature and humidity controller this guy for 69 dollars but you need to buy a humidifier and space heater to hook up to it
This is kind of the goal, just with remote monitoring. I’d say using a controller like this is the norm for everyone that builds their own aging chamber at home. I’m just looking for a way to monitor the status
I have digital hygrometer’s on the warm and cool side. The one in the middle I just kept because it’s the one I started with. This is a link to the ones I have ::
JEDEW 2-Pack Mini Hygrometer Thermometer Digital LCD Monitor Indoor Outdoor Humidity Meter Gauge for Humidifiers Dehumidifiers Greenhouse Basement Babyroom Fahrenheit or Celsius (Black-2 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GR65CNT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zWnhFbY7N3Z4N
Would you suggest i get better quality/more expensive ones or are these fine?
Also thank you for letting me know about the substrate!! I had no idea. I was planning on switching fully to reptichip because it was recommended by someone on here but still had some aspen left so I mixed it. I’ll definitely change it. I won’t be home until tomorrow though, Would you suggest I have my boyfriend change it now? Or will it be okay to change it once I get home in a bit less than 24 hours?
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Thank you for the reply. I looked those up and that seems like a winner to me. I think I'll definitely give one a shot. A little bit pricey, but probably worth it, considering how infrequent I plan to smoke.
The Boveda is 69%, which I think was the recommended level for air-tight containers?
Good call. I literally bought the cheapest hygrometer on Amazon. Lol. It looks like it doesn't have any way to calibrate. But I do have a nicer meter we use in our house that I can use to verify the accuracy, before putting it in the jar.
The very first thing I would do is buy a digital thermometer and hygrometer. I got this one from Amazon for under $5 and it's very accurate: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QC7JRDP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks for this recommendation. It appears to be exactly what I'm looking for. Wi-Fi and integration with Google Home, plus there's a third party component for Home Assistant as well. Cool. It's all available on Amazon:
Do I also need to buy a power cable for TH16? It doesn't look like a cable is included but who knows.
Hey jetset! I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GR65CNT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1. What do you think of it?
I'm looking forward to buying the Boveda Butler, but I'm saving up for it (I'm still in college).
Also, what is your opinion on our humidor?