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Old 12-30-2011, 03:53 PM   #11
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Ok more weirdness. The heaters are set for 88 and they the indicator lights keep turning yellow. My sticker thermometer goes to 86 and it is off the charts.

But I used a meat thermometer and the surface is at 84. The suction cup thermometer states I am at 82 an it is right in the middle depth of the tank and next to the biggest heater.

I also moved the 20g heater next to the intake. The Aqueon is submersible
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #12
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Heat rises basically. do you have a room heater you can turn on so the tank heaters don't have to work as hard?
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:26 PM   #13
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I would suggest to get a digital thermometer from a repitable company like (i.e coralife etc) or maybe replace the heater for a Fluval E series heater. It has an intergrated LCD temp readout to tell you real time water temp.

For more info on the Fluval E heat check out
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:49 PM   #14
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Thanks again for the help. I hope I don't have to buy another heater I have 4 heaters for 3 tanks atm


I raised my house temp to 71 hoping to get my extra degree!

I find it hard to believe that 50 gallons of heating can't get a 25 g to 86!?!? What the heck!
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:00 PM   #15
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For 50 gallons I am using a 200 Watt heater. What sizes are your tanks and what wattage are your heaters for the tanks?
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:15 PM   #16
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Hi, I'm new to fish keeping and was having the same problem as you are. When I went to my LFS to buy a new heater I was informed that some aquarium heaters have an internal temp setting and will only fluctuate 2 degrees up or down from that setting. So I was also cautioned that you need to pay attention to your tank thermometer if the recommended gallon size for the heater is more than the size of your tank. The internal setting may actually be higher than your dialed setting and will heat a tank with less water to a higher temperature. Good luck in curing ich and you are not alone Glamurgurl
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:06 AM   #17
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Most heaters are based on a room temperature of about 68-72 degrees, so for example if you have a 30 gallon tank and want to increase your temperature 5-10 degrees above room temperature (rT) you will need a 100 watt heater (I have a regular 100 w in my 29 and my temperature never goes above 78 even when the room is a 78). If you want to increase the temperature 15 degrees above rT you will need a 150 watt heater and so on.
I have found that if you have about 4-5 watts per gallon you can pretty much keep your tank at any temperature you want, or at least that seems to be true for my 46 G tank in which I have a 200 watt heater.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:17 AM   #18
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For 50 gallons I am using a 200 Watt heater. What sizes are your tanks and what wattage are your heaters for the tanks?
I'm not sure the wattage but one is for a 20g and then other is for a 30g

I guess I may need to get a new heater.. Bleghu
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For my 55g, I have two 150 watt heaters in different parts of the tank. If one heater goes bad, I have one to keep if from going cold or if one goes berserk, on alone cannot boil the fish.
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For a 36g tank I had a 150 watt heater that was keeping the tank at a perfect 78 degrees. I added a 2nd 150 watt heater trying to bring the temp up to treat ich but that didn't work. I upgraded to a 200 watt heater, hopefully that will do the trick. My ammonia levels have spiked. My poor fish haven't eaten in about 4 days. Kissing fish have a dark pink coloring around the inside edge of their fins (close to the body). I'm guessing it's from the ammonia spike. My Discus fish are listing and hiding
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