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Old 10-12-2006, 08:49 PM   #11
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Well, I would just like to add another question just to spur conversation of this topic a little more.

I guess first would be a little background. I am running a 30g FOWLR with 45lbs of rock, a prizm skimmer, a HOB filter, heater and power compact lighting. This was originally a nanoreef but when I moved in August I decided to go FOWLR just for simplicity. Also my lights run from 5pm to 3am on this tank, because that is when I am home.

When I came home yesterday afternoon after work my temperature in the tank was higher than 90 degrees. I only say higher because my thermometer wasn't giving a reading it was so high. Also I noticed that my heater was on even at this hot a temp. Needless to say both fish and the cleaner shrimp I was keeping in there were dead. Obviously such a temp change from a normal of 80-82 is tragic. My heater has a temperature guide on it which is always set to 78 but for some reason it was still on. Since all inhabitants had already fallen victim they were removed. I turned the heater down by 2 degrees, it clicked off and I went ahead and floated some icebags in the water to cool it quicker so that hopefully my bacteria and anything living in the LR would not perish as well. Well the temp went down and the I so far have left the suspect heater in the tank and it seems to be working normally again.

What suggestions, if any, does anyone have with regards to prevention measures for this type of catastrophe? Any ideas of why this might have happened...Really any thoughts would be great...
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Old 10-12-2006, 09:26 PM   #12
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A new heater

In my opinion, I'd just get a new heater. They're not that expensive compared to the cost of replacing your livestock again. I would also get an all plastic completely submersible heater as well. I had a glass heater in my sump that broke for no apparent reason and polluted my water. It smelled like some kind of nasty electrical meltdown. I ended up losing one ricordia mushroom and the remaing one lost most of it's color.
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I think they recommend titanium instead of glass. You are right that the glass can break where the titanium will stay in one piece.
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What specific brand/model heater would you recommend? And still any strategies or preventative measures to avoid the possiblility of this happening again?

Also, any stories of this happening to anyone?
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:37 AM   #15
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I currently have a Visi-Therm Stealth Heater, 150W on my 40 gallon breeder tank. It's been there for over a year with no problems so far. It's in my sump so it's not visible in the tank. works well there!

I actually do have a friend that had the same problem as you - his heater got stuck in the 'on' position and basically cooked his tank while he was away for the weekend.
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I actually do have a friend that had the same problem as you - his heater got stuck in the 'on' position and basically cooked his tank while he was away for the weekend.
Which is why I really like the idea of having two heaters that are sized at 1/2 your required heating load. If one sticks on, you have a lot longer time frame to notice and react.

The drawback that's been mentioned here in other threads is that it's hard to get two heaters to "share the load" equally. One always seems to be on more than the other. It's true, but you can get them pretty close with some tweaking over a few days.
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The drawback that's been mentioned here in other threads is that it's hard to get two heaters to "share the load" equally. One always seems to be on more than the other. It's true, but you can get them pretty close with some tweaking over a few days.
I bought these and they seem to share the load pretty well, you have hear them trun on and off:
http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch...ode=Finnexheat
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