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Old 08-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Heater question

My wife and I were looking at Tetra Submersible Heater's to use in out tank once we get the GF out of it. All of them were set at 78*F with no way to adjust them. Would those heaters be sufficient for just about any tropical fish? I see all sorts of temperature ranges when I am getting info on fish so it just seems odd that it would be stationary at 78*.
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I won't say all, but just about any fish will be fine at 78F. That's a pretty middle of the road temperature, which is probably why it is set to that
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IMO invest in a heater(s) that can go up to 90 ... if you should have an ich outbreak ... one of the treatments is getting the water temp above 86.
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I won't say all, but just about any fish will be fine at 78F. That's a pretty middle of the road temperature, which is probably why it is set to that
Thanks. We are cycling a 10G tank right now and all its lacking is a heater so, we were hoping this would work!
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IMO invest in a heater(s) that can go up to 90 ... if you should have an ich outbreak ... one of the treatments is getting the water temp above 86.
I was looking at a heater that would go to 90* but it is a bit out of my price range. THe heater we are looking at is $14 and should get us by for a few months until our financial situation is better. I will keep that information in mind though, and hope I never have to worry about ich
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I was looking at a heater that would go to 90* but it is a bit out of my price range. THe heater we are looking at is $14 and should get us by for a few months until our financial situation is better. I will keep that information in mind though, and hope I never have to worry about ich
Yeah ... higher end heaters can get pricey .. but I'm certain Petco / Petsmart will offer sales soon enough. First chance you can buy one.
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Yeah ... higher end heaters can get pricey .. but I'm certain Petco / Petsmart will offer sales soon enough. First chance you can buy one.
They actually just got them in here at the local Walmart (Just today actually). I try to buy what accessories I need from them because their prices are better than the Pet chain stores and they will take anything back. I like to know I can return something without a fight if it doesnt suit my needs
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Petsmart often has heaters on sale, I've gotten a few from there for $10-20. I don't like those preset heaters either, but I'm sure they work just fine for every day use.
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Petsmart often has heaters on sale, I've gotten a few from there for $10-20. I don't like those preset heaters either, but I'm sure they work just fine for every day use.
Its just gonna go in a 10G with some Celestial Danios and Dwarf Cory's. Its my first tropical tank, cant wait till its cycled so I can get my fish!
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sounds like a fun tank.
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Just get a thermometer and check it at every feeding. I think you'll be ok.

On another note though: I had a top fin heater with painted or screen printed little blue spots. When I adjusted the position of the heater in the tank and once it was warm, the paint came off and disbursed in my tank. I got as much out with my net as possible but I think one of my Corys ate a paint chip and died as a result. I cannot prove that this was the case but I'm very suspicious. The paint chips look a lot like flake food. Just be very weary of what you put into thier environment.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:56 PM   #12
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I just took the water temp on both my tanks with a digital thermometer. Surprisingly both are at 84*f. Doesnt surprise me being that its constantly about 85* in my apartment since the AC died on us. I hope my goldies arent suffering because of it.
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