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Old 02-14-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
 
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Tank heater died.

So, I'm dealing with a small catastrophe. I walk back in from class and see that my heater's light isn't on. I check the thermometer and to my pissed off-ness, the heater broke. I unplugged and replugged it and the light came on and started to get warm, then shut off again.
Currently, I don't have a heater for the tank. It's at 65 F right now. Is there anything I can do to get it to stay somewhat warm until I can get to the store?
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
 
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How cold does it get there?
What fish are in there?

You'll need to buy another heater asap. Maybe Eheim if you will. I am not sure I'd trust Visitherm Stealth given the recent reports about them malfunctioning.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
 
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It shouldn't get too cold here tonight. I've got cardinal tetras, guppies and a cory.
I have to get whatever the least expensive one is, sadly.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
 
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I don't think your cardinals and cories will handle too low temp kindly.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:28 PM   #5
 
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This is just me speculating... could you drain some water out, and slowly add some warm (treated/conditioned) water? not too quickly though...

How big is the tank? I have heard of people wrapping heating pads or hot water bottles around their tanks to keep them warm temporarily... or do you have a space heater that you could run near the tank? Can you turn the heat up in your house?
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:32 PM   #6
 
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I live in a house with six other girls, so cranking the heat won't help.
I (and my very groggy neighbor) moved the tank into the bathroom, since it's the most consistant with it's temperature (HOT!). All the heat escapes to there, so we figure that's the best for overnight.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:30 AM   #7
 
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Update from overnight:
According to my thermometer (the cheap $3 from Petsmart), it says that the reading is at 73 F now. Maybe it was just that the plug is getting funky, but if you keep it one way, you can keep it working.
Now I'm not too scared to go run out and get one instantly, since this seems to be back to working sporadically now.
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