08-01-2012, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Pearl2011
How close does it have to be to burn? Or does it matter if it touches it or not?
It would be weird saying 'Darn it, my aquarium plants caught fire again!! Better get some water to put it out'.
Oh wait . . .
If the plant leaf is touching the heater, it will scorch. Some of the newer heaters have guards around them and this should help. Some fish like pleco will sometimes cling onto heaters and be fried.
If i can aquascape it thus, i try to get a tallish chunk of wood in front of a heater, creating the impression of a standing tree trunk. This covers the heater from sight, but leaves space around it, without using plants for this.