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Old 04-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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Hi and is my heater cause for concern?

Hi guys. I've been perusing this forum for a while but this is my first post. I've got a 40 gallon breeder with Deep Blue T5 lighting, Aquaclear 110 power filter, Koralia 750 PH and either a 150 or 200 W Marineland visitherm heater (can't remember). I have been cycling with live rock for about three weeks. Once things stabilized I added 10 hermits and 5 turbos. Plan to add a clown in a week or two. So far so good!

My question is with my heater. I had it set for about 77 degrees and it was holding steady around 78 according to my thermometer. When I first turned on the lights though that temperature was climbing and yet the heater remained on. I now have things balanced out but it seems that I have to set my heater to around 72 and then it comes on and off as expected and maintains the water around 78 with or without lighting on. Should I try to get a replacement or just deal with it? My only concern is that if something is a little off I don't want to cook or freeze my tank once I get some more money in there.

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Old 04-14-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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If it is running all the time and the temp setting seems off, I would throw it out the window. I have had a heater explode and it will kill almost everything. If you can get a new one I would. Use the old one to heat your water change water. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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If it is running all the time and the temp setting seems off, I would throw it out the window. I have had a heater explode and it will kill almost everything. If you can get a new one I would. Use the old one to heat your water change water. Better safe than sorry.
it doesn't run all the time now, it's just that it is set at 72 to maintain 77
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Throw it out. The thermostat in the thermometer is going bad which means it will eventually stop working and when that does it won't shut off. If you don't catch it in time it will boil your water. Like an earlier post said ... Use it for water change water but monitor it.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #5
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Didn't someone just post about their marineland heater boiling their water. Lost an entire tank.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:48 PM   #6
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Yep, its goin out.. I have 3 200watt visitherms. The first one I bought did the same thing, worked ok for about a week then I had to keep turning it down to maintain temp. Didnt want to risk having it stick on or off so I threw it out and got another one.. They have been good, set at 79 holding temp at 79.8.. You dont have alot of stock yet but if something happens later on when you have more fish, is it worth $40.. Keep it and use it for when you are making saltwater...

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Old 04-14-2011, 12:50 PM   #7
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anyone have a recommendation for a more reliable product? 2 weeks is no good IMO. I'd like to get a new one that is more reliable for the tank then i'll send this one back for warranty repair/replace and use it as a backup/saltwater making
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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Well it seems to be a crap shoot. I bought a real expensive titanium one and it exploded. Like smoking water and a huge mess. It eventually killed everything but my two clowns. But I had a stealth pro that went out too. Hard to recommend one.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:26 PM   #9
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Yours lasted 2 weeks? Mine exploded on day 5. Manufacturer said it was faulty silicone. They sent me a new one overnite.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:35 PM   #10
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Definatly get rid of it I come home one day to a tank that was almost 100 degrees and the heater was still on lost several critters
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