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post #1 of 12 Old 03-27-2013, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Aquatop heater

So I bought one of these on amazon, for one of my quarantine tanks. I gave the heater I had away with the 45 gallon tank to my friend.

I set the heater to 80. I was beginning a heat treatment so I was going to be bringing it up to 88 - wasn't really concerned if it was a bit warmer than 80. I came home to find the fish in the tank all dead. Seems they couldn't handle the 105 degree water very well. And the heater was still working!

That's why I love amazon - no hassle, easy returns. I actually requested an exchange. Since it's only for a quarantine tank and will be seeing limited use, I'm willing to take another chance....but there is no way I would trust running one on a show tank.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 08:44 AM
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*meh* bad product happens in all product lines.....
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*meh* bad product happens in all product lines.....
I agree, but I wonder how offen these bad units roll off the line. Amazon has several such reviews, so it's not a freak occurrence.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 12:19 PM
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Thank you for posting this review. I'm really sad to hear about your unhappy experience with this brand, hopefully the replacement works as it should. These things may happen all of the time, but they SHOULDN'T! If you had put this on your show tank, you would have lost a small fortune. Poor fish. :(
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah no kidding - the 125 has some expensive fish in it..... Well, by freshwater standards.

I have 4 sunsun (aquatop) canister filters and like them very much, so I'm not put off by the brand.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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just so I understand this correctly, you set to 80 and came back to 105 temps? could had a damaged thermostat from shipping or w/e. what made you go with it in spite of the reviews of it happening?
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just so I understand this correctly, you set to 80 and came back to 105 temps? could had a damaged thermostat from shipping or w/e. what made you go with it in spite of the reviews of it happening?
I didn't read them prior

The replacement seems to be fine.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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hind sight is 20/20 good to see the review though for what to avoid if i ever go back in the market for a heater
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-20-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Replacement heater is still doing good - I have the temp dialed in, so I just plug it in and it goes to 88. Perfect.

One other thing to note - the bacteria managed the overheating just fine. I wasn't sure if it would have, but it did. Replacement fish were in the tank that week, and did their quarantine time without a hitch. Another batch of fish are currently in.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-20-2013, 03:00 PM
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Thanks for the update! Glad to hear that all is going as it should with the replacement. Heater malfunction stories give me nightmares. Truly. I'd be so sad. . .
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