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Old 08-02-2004, 04:02 PM   #11
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Thanks, I will look into more hiding spots. Thanks for the advice on the heater.

That is true, i do keep the light on a lot, which in turn causes all that algae...and also probably keeps the water warmer.

Do those heaters have thermostats.... I am still nervous about using it.
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Yep- the heater has a thermostat, and I agree that it will help keep the temp steady, which is much more important. You might try keeping it at 78. Get yourself a good one, like an Ebo-Jager or a Visitherm, and 50 watts should do it.
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Okay, I will try the one I purchased at my lfs. It is 50 watts, not sure what name brand, but the girl said it was a good one. How long before it heats the tank, should I always leave it set at 78..... as you can see I am still a bit anxious....I would feel awful if I ended up killing the fish.
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Put the heater in the tank and assuming the tank water is cooler than the desired temp, turn the dial up until the light comes on. Stop there and see what temp it brings the tank to - it might be set on 75 and actually heat the tank to 78, so don't necessarily go by the calibrations on the dial, but go by the light coming on. If it is still not up to 78 in 24 hours, turn it up again until the light comes on, etc. It takes a bit of time, but you are raising the temp only a degree or two so it won't take forever and should not "shock" the fish with a sudden temp change. Your fish will thank you!
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okay, will do. Thanks!
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