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Old 11-07-2006, 12:28 PM   #1
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3g Nano reef so far

Been about 8 days or so. Water, rock, and sand from my main. 1 hermit. 1 snail, and 1 emerald green crab. Also a piece of rouge devils hand that I know will have to come out since they get huge.

'Trates at 10. Ammonia at zero afetr a short bout last week a couple days after setup. Temp hovering at about 81

Might try to do a PWC tomorrow, then add a small ricordia from home and maybe consider a small goby for "the" fish. Would like a bi-color, but I haven't seen any lately at the lfs.
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Looks good Which heater did you end up going with for such a small tank?
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:15 PM   #3
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Sweet tank , that looks like a heater from walmart it has no control ... I would highly recommend loosing it I had 2 of them melt down (literally melted and bubbled) and short out in the tank I would hate to see you loose your tank because of a faulty heater ....go with something like this
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I cant wait to see the final pics. Who is that distigushed looking guy in your first pic. LOL
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:37 PM   #5
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It's a 4"/7.5w "Junior Heater" for aquariums from 2-5gallon.

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Yep. that's my fear too. I am in the market for one that has a thermostat.I'ts unplugged for the most part since the ambient temp in my office is crazy right now. I checked the Finnex (linked above). Too big I believe @ 50 watts. Doesn't give me the size either. Can't be any longer than 6".

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Some guy that sits at my desk all day. All he does is hang around at this aquarium site.

BTW, bad pic - my belly ain't that big!!! I just didn't tuck my shirt in.
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I have the exact same heater in my 2.5g planted betta tank. So far so good. It was the only heater under 50w I could find.

Tank is looking good!!
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:08 PM   #7
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The same as I have? How long has it been in there?

I guess my thoughts (more like my hopes) were that it woudn't heat higher than 82. Just wonderin' if ambient temp is 81 or so, will it drive it higher anyway.
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I have only had this setup for about 6 weeks. So far it keeps it right at 80-82.
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I ran the finnex heater in my 2.5 gallon it is only 6 inches long I believe . I place mine in the filter so I needed small too.
I always sat mine to 2 degrees lower than I wanted it at ... for example I wanted ours to be around 75* so I sat it to 72* and never had an issue with it over heating the tank.... I did this in both of my 2.5 AGA tanks .... The only warning I have with them is when you take them out of the box epoxy the seam around the controller . They are working on a redesign of that but it is not out yet.... Aside from that and it is an easy fix they are affordable and a decient heater... IMHHO
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Remember the camera adds 10 lbs - Yep. that's got to be it!!!!

My filter is only 4" tall. Wish I could get one in there. Pls measure your Finnex if you get a chance and lemme know.

From the sand bed to the top of the water column, I've only got 6" to work with. I'd rather place it vertically w/in the 6". Can't do anything longer 'cause I have only got 9 1/2" across the back, but the overflow tube for the filter is back there, so it looks like I got only the vertical option - hopefully with 4-5".
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