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Old 03-24-2009, 06:24 PM   #11
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Wow crazy that the controller would do that. Like Ziggy said I would look into other reasons as to why this happened. I would even look into the booklet or online for information on the temp controller. Again like ziggy said 72 for a reef tank is pretty low. I keep my FW tropical tank at 79. I dont have my reef set up yet(soon) however, I have dual 100 watt heaters that I will calibrate durring the cycle period to keep my tank at 80.

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Old 03-24-2009, 06:46 PM   #12
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85 doesn't sound that bad to me. Shallow reef areas hit that all the time in the real world. Granted 78 - 80 is probably more 'ideal', but I'm stumped why 85 would crash everything like that. Could it be that wherever you were reading 85 was just a cool spot and the core temps were a lot more?

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Old 03-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #13
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It is not surprising the inhabitants could not handle the temperature increase by such a wide margin overnight. Heater malfunctions are extremely common with most sticking in the "on" position. All heaters can and will eventuall malfunction, which is why you purchase a separate temperature controller such as a Ranco/Aqualogic Controller. The controllers that are packaged with or made by the same company as the heaters are considered junk and no better than your everyday heater. The Ranco/Aqualogic Controllers are commercialized/industrial (reliable). Always set the Controller 2 degrees higher than your heater. Sorry for your losses.
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:42 PM   #14
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Oh man, thats absolutely terrible. Eeeesh, I don't know how well I could compose myself if that happened to me. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:01 PM   #15
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Sorry for you loss, and after reading this post I am thinking about keeping my chiller plugged in year-round.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:04 PM   #16
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Oh man I feel your pain. A few weeks ago I came home from work to find the water looking like milk and the temp reading 103 (fresh water tank normally 76). The heater itself had surged or something and went into maximum overdrive for a few hours. So I too threw 2 trays of ice cubes in the tank plus those plastic re freezable kinds. Needless to say all the fish died anyway. Only about a 70$ loss (nowhere near the bullet to your wallet).

Can you pull anything out into a second tank? I don't know much about corals, but throwing them into a bucket of new salt water seems better than leaving them in a gooey hot tub.

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Old 03-30-2009, 11:56 AM   #18
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Vrey sorry to hear. FWIW a temperture controller is worth the $$. These drop in heaters are terrible as you discovered, as long term solutions. Best of luck rebuilding your tank!
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:28 PM   #19
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Thanks guys.

I have lost all the corals and all but 5 fish. I have a coral I had sitting in quarantine at the LFS that I am picking up today as my first step to starting over. We will see how much I can get into this "new" tank, but this coral is already bought and paid for so I will at least pick it up (frogspawn). Maybe I will pick up a couple shrimps, my old ones were always so active and colorful

I have done a 100% water change since the incident. Everything left is healthy though I do have a mild algea bloom.
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Just from what i have heard and experienced you should have to "smaller" heaters in your tank in case one does malfunction... For example instead of using a 300w heater use 2 150watts instead...If one does malfunction or just stop working it wouldnt be as bad. I am an old school reefer, just what i have always done! FYI. Sorry for the loss!

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