Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-25-2006, 08:36 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: California
Posts: 512
QT tank placement

I sent my QT tank up in my garage, but of course winter is rolling around and the 50W heater I got for it just isn't keeping the tank at a constant temp. Can I just upgrade to a bigger heater? 100 or maybe even 150w? It gets pretty cold at night and in the mornings so Im wondering if the garage isn't a good place for a 10 gal tank. The obvious solution would be to move it inside but I don't really have a place for it. I live in California so it doesn't get extremely cold. I am hoping upgrading to a bigger heater will keep the tank at a constant temp. What do you think?
__________________

__________________
two11devan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2006, 09:24 PM   #2
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
The problem with most garages is that they dont have any insulation. I dont think that your heater can keep up with the drastic outside temp swings. JMO
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2006, 01:53 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: California
Posts: 512
Any other solutions or thoughts on this?????
__________________
two11devan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2006, 02:52 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Not sure where in CA you are, and what exactly "pretty cold" means to you! I guess the obvious answer is get a 100W heater and see what happens.

I've just noticed the same thing with my saltwater mixing tub in my garage up here in WA state. I've had to switch from a 50W heater to a 100W to keep the temp around 76 or so. With the garage in the mid-high 50s, a 50W heater just wasn't able to pump out enough heat.

One thing that might help is just throw a blanket or towel around most of the tank. That will at least make a little micro climate around your tank and provide some small bit of insulation. In addition sit the aquarium on something insulative. Styrofoam, cardboard, anything other than the concrete floor.
__________________
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2006, 11:30 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Vienna, West Virginia
Posts: 219
You could even put the insulation on the sides/back and really even the front
__________________
ckmn101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
qt tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New SW tank Placement jonboyb Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 08-19-2008 12:05 PM
Tank placement. Marconis Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 06-28-2007 09:00 PM
Light placement on a tank. 875mill Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 02-22-2006 04:23 PM
Question on Tank Placement jefflins Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 03-09-2004 01:22 PM
Tank Placement Question tmcpeek Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 08-19-2003 05:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.