More dumb heater questions - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
More dumb heater questions

Since I've never had heaters before, I want to make sure I know how to properly install a heater. I don't want to get electrocuted! lol I got a 25 watt Stealth visitherm and it says fully submersible. So, I submerse even the part with the temp control thing , right? ? Is it better to lay it on the bottom of the tank or hang it on the side with the suction cups? I have glass gems in my tank. Thanks to anyone answering my dumb questions. lol
dramaqueen is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 01:55 PM
Member
 
Twistersmom's Avatar
 
Yep, its ok to have the temp. control under the water. You can plce it in the tank however you think looks best. I always unplug mine when doing water changes.
Twistersmom is offline  
post #3 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
Yeah, I would definitely unplug before doing water changes.Thank you! :)
dramaqueen is offline  
post #4 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 03:20 PM
Banned
 
if you keep it horizontal on the bottom of your tank, you dont need to unplug it during WC. in fact, its best you dont. if you keep it upright in the tank, and your WC will go lower then the heater is , then you want to unplug it. you just dont want the heater to run dry.
aspects is offline  
post #5 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
The directions say to unplug it if you are doing maintenance of any kind on the tank.
dramaqueen is offline  
post #6 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 03:30 PM
Banned
 
its not necessary. only if the waterlevel goes below the heater
aspects is offline  
post #7 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
ok, thanks.
dramaqueen is offline  
post #8 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 04:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by aspects View Post
its not necessary. only if the waterlevel goes below the heater
Agreed! As long as heater is under water, no need for unplugging. IMO, constant plugging and unplugging may shorten its life. I usually placed it horizontally so that heat can be distributed better in the tank. The way heater is built is that thermostat is right above the heating elements. Thus when placed vetically,heat rising can affect the thermostat before heat is properly distributed (constant on/off).
When horizontally positioned, heat from elements will rise w/o affecting thermostat too much thus heat is properly distributed.
cerianthus is offline  
post #9 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 05:12 PM
Banned
 
indeed. not to mention, keeping it plugged in during WC will reduce the stress on the fish if the water youre introducing to the tank might be colder then the water already in there, and speeds up the time to get it back to temp as you dont have to wait for the heater to startup again
aspects is offline  
post #10 of 21 Old 02-07-2009, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
My tank is 4 gallon hex shaped. The heater is too long to put it horizontally. Can I angle it? And how do you keep the suction cups stuck on the side of the aquarium?? Mine is acrylic.

Last edited by dramaqueen; 02-07-2009 at 06:32 PM.
dramaqueen is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Very dumb mistake dustin0 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 11 11-19-2009 09:05 PM
Heater and Filter questions?? ninjabetta Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 12-04-2008 02:42 AM
may look dumb..... Betsy Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 02-17-2008 11:21 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome