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Old 11-04-2003, 12:14 PM   #1
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Temp flux (welcome to winter)

I dont know how many of the ppl that frequent this board live in colder areas but lately here (norcal) its been getting fairly cold. When i go to bed my tank is around 80 and when i get up its around 75 and the heater is on tryin to get it back to 80. Any advice on how to keep this stable?
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Add another heater
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Also make sure wherever the heater is at, that there is good waterflow across it.
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:41 PM   #4
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well ive been debating throwing it in my new skimmer where the output water comes from. i dont think i need 2 heaters tho for a 10g , seems overkill
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Old 11-04-2003, 01:23 PM   #5
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You may need a more powerful heater as well. What size is it currently?

I have found, that with my store, I have to have heaters in the 350w area for my 40 gallon tank. This is because the ambient temperature is so low in the building at times (i.e. 40 degrees F) that the smaller ones won't even put a dent in the water temperature.
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its a 50 watt heater.
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:12 PM   #7
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The heater may be malfunctioning - be very careful, 'cause when they "go", they tend to stick ON.

It may not be set at a high enough temp? Don't go by the temp setting on the heater ~ these are largely unreliable - use a separate thermometer.

You've got no fans running when the lights are off, right?

<shrug> - We use 5 x 350w heaters (yes, I need windmills in my backyard for my own power supply). This maintains our winter temps at 79F day (heaters off, MH's on), and 78F night.
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:16 PM   #8
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its a POS heater and im gona get a jager soon. It was one i bought just to get one it has no temp reading on the top just turn to adjust and watch the thermometer.
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:35 PM   #9
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If you want a really good heater, buy a Won Pro titanium heater. I will never buy another glass heater again. These things rock. They just seem to heat the water faster and keep the temperature more stable than any other heater I have use used in the past. I should know as I have 10 different heaters sitting in a box in my back room. No I am not exaggerating. When we sold turtles I went through a ton of them.

They are about the same price as the Jager's as well.
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ya i was looking at those but i was lookin at visitherm, they have titanium as well but i will definitely check out the won pros. thanks
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