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post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question heater not working properly!!

i have a 42 gal Blue planet tank, and have had it for 5 months.
the heater is set at a 78-80 F which until the last couple of weeks has worked fine.

last week, one morning the temperature read 93! i adjusted the heater, and seemed fine for a couple of days then one morning it was 71!
it has behaved for another couple of days and then this morning it was only 64, and the poor fish were sitting around!

the heater is a 200W Blue Planet Tank Maid.

does anyone have any ideas?
thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-27-2012, 04:42 PM
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i have a 42 gal Blue planet tank, and have had it for 5 months.
the heater is set at a 78-80 F which until the last couple of weeks has worked fine.

last week, one morning the temperature read 93! i adjusted the heater, and seemed fine for a couple of days then one morning it was 71!
it has behaved for another couple of days and then this morning it was only 64, and the poor fish were sitting around!

the heater is a 200W Blue Planet Tank Maid.

does anyone have any ideas?
thanks!

My idea would be to get a new heater! Mine just did the same, and I figured the temp sensor was shot. I too had my tank go to almost 90 degrees.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-27-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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My idea would be to get a new heater! Mine just did the same, and I figured the temp sensor was shot. I too had my tank go to almost 90 degrees.

Gwen

Thanks Gwen,
think it might be the safest thing to do!!!
i think i can understand how the fish feel with hot & cold weather!
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-28-2012, 10:24 AM
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This is the exact reason I am a fan of the 2 heater setup. If one fails, there will be a backup. I doubt if both heaters will go out at the same time.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-28-2012, 10:33 AM
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This is the exact reason I am a fan of the 2 heater setup. If one fails, there will be a backup. I doubt if both heaters will go out at the same time.
Wrong log in,lol. All my post were deleted due to inactivity I assume. Anyways, if you use the 2-3 watts per gallon rule you can easily split the load between two heaters instead of one. Its too easy to overlook your heater to see if its working unless you look at the temp all the time. Due to ambient temperature, your tank its within 1-3 degree of your house temperature usually. Different story if you have added equipment that possibly give off heat.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-28-2012, 03:33 PM
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This is the exact reason I am a fan of the 2 heater setup. If one fails, there will be a backup. I doubt if both heaters will go out at the same time.
This is a fantastic idea!
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-28-2012, 04:50 PM
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This is a fantastic idea!
thats what i do. but i have about 5x as much wattage as i need. 400w for a 36g tank...
it is always within a degree year long, though!
EDIT: actually it is 11x as much wattage as i need... better more than less!
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-28-2012, 08:44 PM
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thats what i do. but i have about 5x as much wattage as i need. 400w for a 36g tank...
it is always within a degree year long, though!
EDIT: actually it is 11x as much wattage as i need... better more than less!
lol till you deal with a stuck thermostat, then say so long fishes.

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