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Old 05-30-2004, 11:50 AM   #11
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mine is also are also at angles. mostly horizontal
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Old 05-30-2004, 12:05 PM   #12
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Quite a good discussion poin this! :P

Both of mine are vertical, but i may try putting the heater in the small 6gal tank at the back to hide it because i dont like having it on the side.
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Old 05-30-2004, 12:39 PM   #13
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I'm vertical. I can bring myself to horizontal. Maybe I should slowly put it on the angle till it is horizontal. But I figured since I had the huge HOB a vertical heater couldn't be worse.
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:08 PM   #14
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I keep my heaters vertical, and directly next to a filter intake.
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:38 PM   #15
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it seems that vertical is the way to be here. are there any differnces in performance of vertcail and horizontal heaters?

You say that you have your heater by the inlet, but surely is in not best by the outlet?
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i keep mine at an angle, about in the middle of the back glass and hide it with some rock or plants etc...
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Old 05-30-2004, 11:33 PM   #17
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I do keep mine next to the inlet so that it will draw the warm water through the filter and distribute it throughout the tank. This statement should be in italics because it is just a perception I have and in no way based on science. If the tank is big enough, I keep two small heaters on each end, and if it is a single heater tank the heater goes near the intake.
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Old 05-30-2004, 11:57 PM   #18
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As long as a tank has good water movement throughout the tank, you can put the heater(s) just about anywhere. In tanks with poor movement of the water, bad heater placement can cause cool and warm spots in the tank. I put my heaters next to the filter intakes for the same reason TankGirl said, to get the warmer water distributed throughout the tank. Placing a heater under the filter outlet would have the same effect of spreading the heated water around. Also, I have plants partially covering the filter intake tubes anyway, so running a heater alongside the intake tube make it partially hidden as well.

Some people have said placing a heater vertically can cause the heater to turn off early. The warmed water rises up the length of the heater and could be more likely to have the heater turn off before the warm water makes it around the tank. Having the heating element right by the intank makes sure the warm water goes around the tank instead of rising straight up and causing the heater to turn off.
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Mines at a 45 degree angle right under my filter outlet.
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:50 AM   #20
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Horizontal, under the HOB intake tube, to distribute the warmed water through the tank. Because it's positioned about an inch above the sand substrate, I don't remove it for water changes. The frog likes to lay under it during the cooler months.
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