02-22-2010, 04:00 PM
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4-5 Year old aquarium heater.
I have had my angelfish tank 44 gallons for 4-5 years now. I haven't changed any of the equipment- the light, heater, or filter. They all have been running fine for 4-5 years. Though I don't often light the tank. It gets plenty of light in the room it is in and they live on the natural day and sun rising... so no timer for the lights.
Anyways, I'm not concerned about the filter. I might have actually replaced it years ago since I think it broke once. But the heater... I know lots of times heaters stop working (not too worried about that... cus my house is warm enough that they'd probably be fine). But I'm worried the heater might break and run constantly frying my fish. I keep it set to 81 degrees and it has been working 4-5 years...
But I'm wondering if heaters break over time and I should replace it when I can, or is it just random when a heater stops work? I think it's a decent quality heater.