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Old 02-04-2003, 01:04 AM   #11
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I wonder how much variables like flow and tank covers will affect the heater issue? Say between a covered tank with little flow and an open tank with the surface churning? The reason I ask is that when I uncovered my 10g and upped the water flow, the 50w heater wouldn't cut it anymore...had to get 100w.
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PS: I'll check into the SG/temp thing. I have it here in a book somewhere, but I'm not sure about web resources.

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Old 02-04-2003, 08:47 AM   #12
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Evaporation is also a factor in the heater capacity if we where to figure up the exact heating capacity needed.

Obviously something could be developed that would give the user an approxomation as to how many watts of heater would be needed.

The biggest factors in sizing a heater in my view are the following
  • Total water in the system
    Temp you want to keep the tank
    Temp the tank is above room temp
    Does the tank get any sun
    How much evaporation does the tank have

I dont think more water current would affect the heater's performance much since the heater is still trying to heat the same volume of water.

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pounds to kilos, gallons to litres, etc also tables of trace elements, and how to convert ammonia at different ph

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