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Old 10-18-2014, 12:32 AM   #21
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What's a heater controller?
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What's a heater controller?
It is a device that has a thermostat that you plug you heater(s) into. It basically gives you an external thermostat in addition to the one inside your heater. They tend to be more reliable than the ones in the heater.
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Ah. And what does it do should the heater fail and where can one be found? How much are they usually?
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Ah. And what does it do should the heater fail and where can one be found? How much are they usually?
It cuts the power to the heater once the temp is reached. You can get them at one of the many online aquarium supply shops and they cast between $25 and $150.

This is the cheapest one I know of:
Aquarium Heating & Temperature Control: Azoo Micro Temp Controller
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Old 10-18-2014, 12:50 AM   #25
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Thanks

Is it generally recommended to have one?

Ours is said to just stop working I that happens. Also it only gets to 82 degrees max.
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I usually use them on tanks I really care about it.

What do you mean it can only get to 82 max?
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My heater maxes out at 82, it won't get any higher.
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Do you mean the thermostat only goes up to 82 or the heater isn't strong to heat past 82?
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The dial goes to 88 but it only reaches 82.
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The dial goes to 88 but it only reaches 82.
You should be fine for the most part. The most common issues with heater is that they stick on.
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