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by Stacy

Calibrating your Humidity Gauge

February 21, 2013 in Crabitat

written by Rai Ahmes

Relative humidity (RH) is measured as a percentage–absolute and specific humidity are NOT. If it reads in % it’s a relative gauge. RH gauges are fairly inexpensive and commonly available. Gauges measuring absolute or specific humidity are hard to find and expensive; they also read in either g/kg or g/cubic meter (or the non-metric equivalent) not %. “Actual humidity” and “exact humidity” are not measurements.

Dial RH gauges are rarely calibrated properly by the time they reach your home. This is NOT the fault of the manufacturer. It is simply the way it is with this type of hygrometer whether it’s for your tank or for your house. This probably accounts for the wide variation of humidity levels that have been recommended. You can do something about this though :)

Calibrating your hygrometer:
First check to see if your hygrometer can be adjusted. Look at the back to see if the small center post has a slot for a small screwdriver. If it does you’ll need to have a screwdriver ready to make any adjustments as soon as you open the jar. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, this procedure will still allow you to use your hygrometer more effectively.

Half-fill a shot-glass or other small dish with table salt and add enough water to wet the salt completely but not dissolve it–it should be like wet sand. Put the shot-glass and hygrometer in a wide-mouth jar, and seal it airtight. After six hours (or more), the humidity in the jar is 75%. The hygrometer should read somewhere around 75%. If it does not, take the screwdriver and turn the screw on the back of the hygrometer until the meter reads 75%.

If your hygrometer is non-adjustable and reads other than 75% in the jar, you must correct all subsequent readings by this difference. Example: if the hygrometer reads 67% in the jar, it is reading 8% low. Thus, it will always read 8% less than the actual RH. Using this example if you wanted the humidity to be 60-70% then the reading on your hygrometer would have to be 52-62%.

Dial RH gauges can be off by 20% or more! They are also usually only accurate to +/- 5% and often take up to 2 hours to finish stabilizing to a new reading if the humidity changes. Please remember that it is simply the nature of the beast and NOT necessarily poor quality or manufacturing. The spring mechanism is delicate and goes through a lot (shipping, etc) before reaching your home.

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by Stacy

Understanding Humidity in the Crabitat

September 25, 2012 in Caresheets

Originally written by Vanessa Pike-Russell-Updated by Stacy Griffith

What is Humidity?

Humidity is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air. It can be expressed in several ways.

“Specific humidity” is the mass of water vapor per unit mass of combined dry air and water vapor, generally expressed in grams per kilogram. The specific humidity of an air parcel does not change with temperature.

“Absolute humidity” is the density of water vapor, expressed as grams per cubic meter of air.

“Relative humidity” is discussed below. Related terms are “saturation,” which describes the condition where water vapor is at a maximum concentration for the air temperature (warm air can hold more moisture than cold);

“dew point temperature” the temperature at which saturation occurs if air is cooled at constant pressure without addition or removal of water vapor; and

“vapor pressure,” which in meteorology is that part of the total atmospheric pressure due to water vapor content.

Reference: Arctic Climatography and Meteorology

What is the Ideal Humidity Range?

Humidity should be between 50-60% for Actual and around 70-80% relative humidity.

How can I measure humidity within my Crabitat?

You will need to buy a humidity gauge, also known as a hygrometer.
There are many kinds, some of the more popular are shown below.








ESU Gauge HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (BI-METALLIC COILS)

The ESU Reptile Humidity & Temperature Gauge allows you to accurately monitor humidity levels from 0-100% and temperature levels from 60o to 120oF (15o to 48oC) in your reptile’s habitat.

Flukers combo gauges HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (BI-METALLIC COILS)

Fluker s round thermometer is calibrated to enable you to effectively monitor an Environmental Temperature Range (ETR) within your pet s enclosure to promote good health and longevity

Fluker s relative humidity hygrometer allows to establish and maintain a consistent level of humidity within your pet s enclosure, creating a safe and comfortable environment.

Fluker's digital humidity gauge HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (DIGITAL)

The digital thermometer/hygrometer comes equipped with a “min/max” button that displays the minimum and maximum levels your enclosure has experienced. This is important for measuring severe, sometimes fatal fluctuations in the temperature and humidity level. The product also has a (C) Centigrade and (F) Fahrenheit temperature display choice, depending on the owner’s preference.

Hermies and Herps Digital Combo HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (DIGITAL)

The digital thermometer/hygrometer comes equipped with a “min/max” button that displays the minimum and maximum levels your enclosure has experienced. This is important for measuring severe, sometimes fatal fluctuations in the temperature and humidity level. The product also has a (C) Centigrade and (F) Fahrenheit temperature display choice, depending on the owner’s preference. Comes with a probe to test at substrate level, or for hot spots. Made in Asia.

TRex combo pack gauges HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (BI-METALLIC COILS)

The T-Rex Habitat Thermometer is compact and mounts naturally at any desired location inside the habitat, giving accurate readings in a wide range from 60 F to 120 F. For best results, use two: one in the hottest area of the enclosure, the “baking zone” and one in the coolest corner.

Zoo Med Combo Pack HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE GAUGE (BI-METALLIC COILS)

Allows for precise monitoring of both the temperature and humidity of your terrarium from one unit!
Thermometer scale: 20 to 140 F (-6 to 60 C).
Humidity scale: 0 to 100%.

Digital Gauge with Alert Accurate Measurement of Water Temperature with Low/High Temperature Alert Preprogrammed for Tropical Fish & Clock for your convenience.

  • Digital Thermometer with probe
  • 3ft (with all plastic probe & suction cup cord) allows for accurate measurement of water temperature
  • Low/High temperature alert plus on/off button
  • Fahrenheit Display (75-82 degree F)
  • Dimension (L x H): 2-2/3″ x 1-2/3″
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