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Old 05-29-2004, 07:56 PM   #1
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Heater: Horizontal or vertical?

I've been wondering for a little while, which way it is best to have the heater in a tank. We have ours vertical, but is it bestfor it to be horizontal near the bottom of the tank?

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Old 05-29-2004, 08:02 PM   #2
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I previously had a heater that couldn't be completely submerged. It was made to just clip on the back. Well now I have one that can be, but I still have it exactly as my old one was, and it works fine. I have just the control knob above the water.

The LFS has the exact same heater in all their tanks though, and it's at the bottom horizontal. But I always figured it was just because they wanted to hide it so the tanks look better. *shrug*

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Old 05-29-2004, 08:20 PM   #3
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i think it looks nicer at the bottom of the tank. and u dun gotta turn it off when u do water chanegs too. cuz that water line thingy. but im sure it heats the water the same. for the sumbersable ones id kep em verticle until u get the right temp. then u can submerge it (the nob)
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Old 05-29-2004, 09:33 PM   #4
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I do mine verticle, I figure it can't look too much worse than the tube from the HOB.
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Old 05-29-2004, 09:46 PM   #5
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If it is easier to hide I use a submersible and keep it horizontal behind something, and if I have a vertical structure or planting that hides the filter intake I put it there, vertically. I do not notice a difference in the way the tank is heated, between the tanks with vertical and those with horizontal, as I have stick-on thermometers on both ends of the tank. Interesting question!
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I usually do mine vertical. Id much rather see it hanging vertical in the corner than horizontal along the bottom with a wire running up the side. But I spend most of my time looking at the bottom anyway. Plus it always freaks me out to see an electrical cord in the water. I just cant get use to it.
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Actually both. The one in the main tank is vertical. The one in the sump is horizontal.
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Both, my 10 gallon is vertical and my 30 gallon is horizontal. They just are hidden that way.
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Old 05-30-2004, 04:23 AM   #9
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Mine is at a 45 degree angle, neither vertical nor horizontal. I couldn't fit the whole thing in vertically in my 20 long. lol
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Old 05-30-2004, 08:25 AM   #10
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If the control is on the heater itself I prefer it to be near the surface so I can adjust it if necessary without wetting my whole arm.
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