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Old 05-16-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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I don't use a heater

It's weird. I have a CUSA Orbit 4x65W PC fixture. With my small heater on (this heater was meant for a 29G but is being used in my 55G) the temperature is between 80 - 84F. The weird thing is, that heater still turns on even though the water is reaching 84F.

So I turned off the heater (for two weeks now) and the water stays between 78 - 80F. My house temperature is 73F. So this is weird. I haven't used my heater since and my temperature is pretty stable. Really weird. At night, it is 78F. Throughout the day it is between 80 - 81F.

I guess for now I don't use a heater. Good stuff.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:33 AM   #2
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I have found no heater that keeps a temp worth a flip. Most will even say +/- 2 degress which is about all the swing a tank can afford. I have noticed that a heater not properly affixed via the included (Cheap) suction cups will cause temps to flux as well. Most are based on good ole mercury and being a liquid is subject to the angle of the heater. I have one in my 75 set at about 72 degress. It keeps the tank a nice 78 - 79 over night. Great stuff, huh?

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Oddly enough in my tank I never really needed a heater either. Whenever I used it, it just made my water extremely hot and I pretty much needed to turn it off.
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:11 AM   #4
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I am in the same situation, atleast for my ten gallons. I don't need a heater on my 30gallon because of the ridiculous lights, and the 75 i beleive needs the heater. My temps stay just fine right now but i'm worried about the winter, i've never had fish tanks through the winter so this should be interesting.
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That's weird. My heater only comes on when the water is too cold
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:15 PM   #6
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In small tanks its possible the pumps and lights create enough heat for the tank. In larger systems you will ned a heater even in the summer
when I fire up my rio 1800 in my new salt water can it brings the temp up in the can.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:26 PM   #7
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That's weird. My heater only comes on when the water is too cold
Thank god I thought I was the only one!
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lol! i thought i was the only one til u posted rofl
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:30 PM   #9
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your heater should come on when the waters cold.. If it does not then it DIED and its time to get a new one... Which I just had to do... Lost 2 heaters this month.. One would not shut off the other would not turn on.. this is another post
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Old 05-17-2006, 06:15 PM   #10
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I have been using tap water to mix my saltwater. I had my tap water tested and it is fine. I add the dechlorinator in the water before the salt if that matters. My question is, I don't have an extra heater to heat the water before putting it into the tank. I do let it sit overnight before adding to the tank. How bad is this on the fish (not heating the water). I have a friend who does not heat her water either and was just wondering?
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