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Old 11-19-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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Heater... Is this normal?

So I went on a shopping trip today and picked up some things for the new 55g. one of which was a heater. It is an Aqueon Pro 250w. I went a few sizes up because it gets pretty cold in the fish "cave". When I got home, I went in the cave and the tank was about 66F. I took some water out and put warmer water in, bringing the temp up to around 74F. I figured that would make it easier on the heater. I put it in, set it in between 76 and 80F, and left. I came a few hours later and the tank was dead on at 78F. I looked at the heater and it was still running. I came back an hour later and it was still running, but the temp was still at 78F. What is with that?
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What color was the light? Oh, and you aren't allowed to call it a fish cave... that's proprietary to me
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Mine does that too, not sure why. I set my temp same way between 76-80 to get it like 78 it's spot on but sometimes the light is green and other times it's red.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
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It's usually red but sometimes its green as convict said.
BTW, I HONESTLY did not know you had a fish cave! I just wanted to be different... I guess I failed.
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Red is on, green is not. I really wouldn't worry about it. If its keeping it stable and where you want it, there's no need for concern IMO. I keep my aqueons facing backwards so I don't see the light.. it's annoying.

Oh, and yeah - The 'Fish Cave'
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I was curious about this as well, my heater light is always orange.
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Alright, I'll just leave it. There are no fish in the tank so I don't really have anything to worry about.

Oh, and, it's still the fish cave
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You folks realize that the temperature may be dropping super slightly but the heater is on and working at maintaining it at 78f right?

The tank doesnt have to reach 77 or 76 for the fish tank heater to kick on, its not like a house furnace thermostat. Fish tank heaters (well good ones at least) dont let the temperature swing much, and thats good.
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Thats a very good point. I didn't think about that.
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Well I just walked down there to check everything out, and my tank is at about 83F... The heater is still set to 78F.
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