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Heater and temperature
Old 12-18-2009, 08:22 AM   #1
 
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Heater and temperature

I like to keep my tank around 79 degrees. My tank is in the basement and since it's gotten bitterly cold out (I'm in Philadelphia) my temperature has dropped to a steady 75 degrees. That's too cold for my liking. I'm guessing my heater is not equipped to handle keeping the temperature at 79ish when the rest of the room is colder (this is my first winter with a tank in the basement). I'm not sure of the wattage because it came used with my tank. It works well in the summer months though. My question is, should I completely replace my heater all together or just get a 2nd one for additional heat?? If the answer is a 2nd one and keep the 1st one running, what wattage should I get since I already have one running? Also, if the answer is a 2nd one, where should I place the two in the tank? right now my one heater is placed in the center of the tank (in the back of course). This is for a 55 gallon 48" long tank.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
 
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75F is really the lowest I'd wanna go with Cardinals as well.
I recently bought this here for my 55g's Cascade Heaters, Heaters | Pet Solutions and am extremely pleased with it cause it allows you on a scale to set a Temp +/-2F accurate.

I'd pers suggest a 2nd heater (~200W min) for the following reasons:
- For one it allows you to pull the 2nd heater out in the summer (as you said you only have the winter issue)
- When having "touchy" fish in the tank such as Cardinals, this helps if one heater breaks on you the 2nd will still supply a certain Temp (and trust me sometimes it can go days unnoticed that the heater stopped working)
- Having 2 heater spaced apart in the tank makes for a more even Temp within the tank in larger tanks. Preferable one of the two should be places close to your filter outlet to swirl the heat around some

Hope these ideas help you some.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
 
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I figured a 2nd heater would be the case for all of the reasons you mentioned. That is a really good price at the link you sent me. I was also looking into the Visi-Therm Stealth Submersible Heaters, mainly becuase it's black and will blend in to the new black background I just put on I like your price way better though!
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
 
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I use the 250 watt stealth in my 55gal tank. I just don't like a lot of stuff hanging in the tank. If you get the 250 watt model, that should be plenty to heat that size aquarium. One other problem with the new heaters is they don't seem to have running lights. So the problem with two heaters is, if one goes out, how would you know? If I had a tank larger than 100 gals, I'd probably add a second heater.

How cold is your basement? If it's lower than 60 degrees you may want to use 2 heaters in the winter.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:26 AM   #5
 
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My basement is around 66 degrees. The heater I have now is probably 200-250 watts because it was perfect in the summer months. I will look into Stealth. Thanks for the input!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:29 AM   #6
 
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I'd really add a 2nd 200w. I got the one's I send you the link earlier in 50, 100 & 200w for all my tanks. Love the scale for temp on it and it also has a light that shows red when its on, so if its never one you'd see the problem at least.
I just really dislike the heaters you can only dial Up & down with no temp scale on them, so you'd need to do guess work there, how silly is that.
And yes I also equipped my tank with these for the $ reason.
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:47 AM   #7
 
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Actually Angel, that's how my current heater is and i hate it. It just has the dial and i had to fiddle with it for a few days when first setting up my tank to get the temp right. Now the heater is ALWAYS on but unable to get the temperature to 79ish. I will use the two heaters. The only reason i like the stealth is because it would blend wih my background. Other than that, the one you gave me is great, especially the price. Either way, you would still go with a 200 w and run 2 heaters?
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:53 AM   #8
 
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go with 200w. it will be more reliable and if it gets really cold will still heat ur tank. go with a stealth heater. they are near imposible to break, black, and easy to set the temperature. ive had mine for a few months and its amazing, i cant even find it lol
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:27 AM   #9
 
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Actually Angel, that's how my current heater is and i hate it. It just has the dial and i had to fiddle with it for a few days when first setting up my tank to get the temp right. Now the heater is ALWAYS on but unable to get the temperature to 79ish. I will use the two heaters. The only reason i like the stealth is because it would blend wih my background. Other than that, the one you gave me is great, especially the price. Either way, you would still go with a 200 w and run 2 heaters?
I know - Had these "Guess-Heaters" before and I hated them with a passion lol

Yes and the simple & honest reason I'd go with 2x200w is simply me recalling home sweet home CO and just how cold some winter days can really get and this way you're def covered and really (at least with the Cascades) buying a 100w or 200w is not that much price difference, so rather safe then sorry
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:34 AM   #10
 
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Agreed. I guess once I set up the new one, I'll be fiddling with the old one again to get it just right so that the temp doesn't sky rocket becausse of the old heater being set too high....UGH!
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