How to Set Up Your Automatic Misting Schedule
The frequently asked question of how much to mist with a misting system has always been a riddle. Unfortunately, there isn’t a consistently straight answer, golden rule, or magic misting schedule for us to share. The good news is that with a little patience and practice, you can learn how to schedule your mister for your enclosure.
Since every enclosure is unique, every misting schedule will be different. The kind of top (screen or glass), the amount of ventilation, whether you’re using live plants, and the type of substrates you use can all affect the humidity levels. Problems like rot and bacterial growth can arise if you over-mist, whereas under-misting can be very dangerous to the inhabitants, sometimes even resulting in death.
First, you’ll need to know what humidity levels your animal is safe and healthy in. Here’s a brief list of animals we raise:
Dart Frogs: 80%-100% humidity
Bumble Bee Toads: 40%-60% humidity
Mourning Geckos: 60%-80% humidity
Red Eye Tree Frogs: 60%-80% humidity
Reed Frogs: 60%-80% humidity
Solomon Island Leaf Frogs: 60%-70% humidity
Yellow Spotted Climbing Toads: 60-70% humidity
If your animal isn’t on this list, do some further research send an email to email@example.com for assistance!
Let’s use Dart Frogs as an example, since their humidity needs to stay above 70%.
Use these recommendations as a starting point:
If your enclosure is full glass with a glass top (minimal ventilation): Mist twice daily for 5-10 seconds.
If your enclosure is full glass with a screen top (moderate ventilation): Mist twice daily for 15-20 seconds.
The trick is to monitor the humidity frequently and see how it does over time. A high-quality hygrometer is your friend! If you notice the humidity dipping too low for your animal at any point, you’ll want to either mist more at longer intervals, or mist more frequently during the day.
Once you figure out a misting schedule that keeps your humidity in a safe range, don’t get too comfortable. As the season changes and your air conditioning or furnace schedule changes, the humidity will change too.
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Best of luck and happy misting! As always, if you have any questions along the way, shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1 (800) 691-8178!