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Old 10-28-2010, 09:49 AM   #11
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I did bend my mind somewhat when I got my first tank that I plug something into the wall and then go straight into the water. Something I'd always been taught would cause instant death!
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:46 AM   #12
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Just a tip, mount it horizontally below the lowest point that your water ever gets to when you do water changes. That way, if you forget to unplug it while draining the tank, it will still be submerged, and it won't overheat in the air. (Not that I have ever done that....no...)
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:49 AM   #13
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Can you mount them horizontally? I remember reading the heater manual and it said not to mount them horizontally but I can't remember the reason why..
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If it is sumbersible it shouldn't matter. It could lose suction on the suction cups and fall horizontally.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:20 AM   #15
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If exact temperature is important, it's probably a good idea to verify water temperature versus heater thermostat using a trusted thermometer. I have yet to see a heater (even the so-called "water calibrated" Visitherm/Stealths) be dead-on exact. Some of the new "improved" Visitherms and Stealths I've had have been 3-4 degrees different from actual.
HA! i cant tell you how true that is!! exactly why i have the heater on one side next to the filter intake and a thermometer on the opposite side of the tank...

heater set on: 67F
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:10 PM   #16
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Hmmm...well, if your manual says not to do it for your specific model, then it would be best not to! I have a stealth, and the directions said any way was fine (or words to that effect).

On the subject of suction cups losing suction and letting things drop...oh, yeah. I have dealt with that! My best solution so far is to buy good quality suction cups, like Eheims (the black ones). And then secure them in place with tank safe silicone! Put a dab inside the cup, and press against dry glass. Then run a thick smear all around the edge, to seal it in place. I will use masking tape sometimes, to secure it while the silicone cures (4-5 days). The silicone shows up white when water is put in the tank, but a few plants to block the view usually does the job. Black tank safe silicone would be really great to find...
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:08 PM   #17
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Most heater manufacturers recommend that you mount them either vertically or horizontally, but not slanted. I don't know why, but that's what I've seen.

Yeah and +1 on below the PWC water line. Just the other day I was doing a PWC and smelled that burnt plant smell. Thankfully, I hadn't started filling, or else I would have heard that fizzle fizzle POP then OH @#$@%. That's never happened to me more than 3 times though.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:05 AM   #18
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Yeah just looked at the box again - interpet DeltaTherm.
Has a picture of the heater mounted vertically and one with it horizontally both with red X's next to them. Then a diagonal one with a green tick!
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:14 AM   #19
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Mounting is really specific to the model. If they say not to, then dont.

However you should take a close look at the picture - my Fluval E had several pictures that showed how to "NOT" mount the heater. One was Vertical and one was horizontal, until I looked closer and saw that what they were saying was "don't hang the heater by just the cord" and "dont just lay it on the bottom".
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Oh wow look at all the posts. I promise I wasn't ignoring you I just wasn't getting notifications that you guys were talking. I appreciate all the responses and I'm glad I'm not the only person that had a hard time imagining that putting an electrical cord in water wouldn't spell instant doom for my fish. lol
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