06-23-2009, 09:41 PM
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Left heater on for 5 min outside of water, might it be okay?
It was my first time setting up an aquarium, I didn't think the heater would start up by only plugging it in, I thought I'd have to switch it on too.
So it was left on for about 5 minutes, I noticed that the water on it was boiling (I had rinsed it)... when I touched it, the bottom was hot enough that I reflexively jerked away, but not hot enough to burn my skin too quick.
Besides the bottom, the heater did not seem to be that hot.
Could it still be okay? Is there a good way to check?
It is a 50watt, apparently it was on high, when packaged. They should have it on low temp, by default :/