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Gone thru three heaters in one month! What is going on?!
Old 01-05-2010, 03:59 PM   #21
 
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It is a stealth submersible heater. Is there a way to tell if the cord is submersible or should I assume it is because it is a stealth?
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:00 PM   #22
 
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Oh, and I know the heater is on and working. My temperature with one heater was 75. After adding the Stealth it is now holding steady at 79. Currently, I have the water level up to the line onthe heater, but the whole thing is not fully submerged.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:21 PM   #23
 
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Put the entire heater into the water including at least one inch of cord. If you look at my 55 tank, you may see the red knob on top of the heater in the center of the tank.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:39 PM   #24
 
When doing water changes is it enough to just unplug the heater or will letting the water line drop below it whilst it is still warm cause it to possibly crack?
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:39 AM   #25
 
ok thanks for all the input, seems like going against everything you were taught as a child hehe.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:53 AM   #26
 
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Ok thanks. I have lowered the heater in the tank. One more question. For some reason, my stealth is completely covered in air bubbles. During my last water change I ran my hand over the heater to get them off, but they came back shortly after. Is that normal and will it eventually go away?
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:29 PM   #27
 
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When doing water changes is it enough to just unplug the heater or will letting the water line drop below it whilst it is still warm cause it to possibly crack?
I usually unplug the heater and let it cool down for a few minutes and that is more han sufficient for a 25w at least. Bear in mind that the higher the wattage, the longer it would take to cool down so I would give the average heater 10 minutes.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:38 PM   #28
 
Great, thank you!
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:35 PM   #29
 
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Ok thanks. I have lowered the heater in the tank. One more question. For some reason, my stealth is completely covered in air bubbles. During my last water change I ran my hand over the heater to get them off, but they came back shortly after. Is that normal and will it eventually go away?
Sounds normal to me. I'm not sure that it'll go away, but does it really bother you?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:47 PM   #30
 
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Ehh, well I got the heater because it was black and would blend in with my black background. The bubbles on it make it a bit of an eye sore...that's all.
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