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Heater placement questions
Old 10-07-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
 
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Heater placement questions

now that the weather is starting to turn cooler, I will probably need to start using my heater in my tank. I was wondering what the best placement for it would be.
At the moment it is placed in the back center. This is away from the thermometer so that I can get a more accurate temp reading. My main concern is how the heater needs to be placed in relation to plants. I have amazon swords planted along the back and not sure how far away from the heater they need to be placed.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
 
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My Aqueon heater is plastic and even when set to 80 degrees it does not get hot. I can put it near plants without any issues.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
 
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my heater is pretty old. i'm not sure the brand or specs, but it is glass and so far doesn't heat up hot enough that I couldn't hold it in my hand.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #4
 
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You want to have fairly good circulation around your heater so the heated water can be distributed fairly evenly. I place mine near the outflow of the filter. Plants nearby are ok but I don't like to have them touching the heater.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
 
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makes sense, i'll move it a little close to the filter.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
 
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I agree with jeaninel on both points.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:08 AM   #7
 
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Ditto. Mine is in the back near the filter outflow. Some of my swords have now grown large enough that their leaves touch it, and it might be a coincidence but the edges that touch the heater seem to go a bit brown...
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