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Old 03-21-2013, 05:37 PM   #11
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The non-adjustable heaters are generally garbage. I would never even trust an adjustable heater to be accurate according to it's scale so a preset one is going to be suspect that it will heat to the 80f it is marketed at.
How much time did you give it to heat the tank? These things will heat the water very slowly in most cases.
What wattage are the heaters and what mass of water are you trying to heat?
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:21 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone~

Oooh, I don't know anything about whether or not the main electrical panel wired with a gfci.

I just bought another Tetra submersible, but one rated for up to 30 gallon tank for my 5 gallon tank. The pet stores I visited today did not have adjustable heaters. I hope this one works. If not, I will look further for an adjustable heater.
Fingers crossed!
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #13
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Good luck with the new one. You'll have to keep us posted. I had read reviews on so many heaters for small tanks when I was looking into getting a small quarantine tank. None of the reviews seemed very promising! I think the one with the best reviews for what i was looking for said it would ship in 1-3 months or something...so not helpful.

I ended up with a tank who's hood light heats it to 80 so gave up on the heater hunt for now. Not looking forward to finding one in the future!
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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To be completely honest, I have never seen an adjustable heater in a store. You might have to order them.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #15
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WOw! Heaters are usually the most dependable device in the aquarium. I've used Aqueon and Fluval and never had a glitch. So sorry, keep up the fight! LOL OS.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #16
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Just an update:

The Tetra HT30 100W submersible heater rated for 10-30 gallon aquariums has heated my 5 gallon tank to about 76 degrees after 48 hours. I guess that will be good enough, not great.
Thank you all for your advice.
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