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Heater not working or using it wrong?
Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
 
Heater not working or using it wrong?

I got two tanks today. The bigger ones heater is an older Hagen radiant heater, not sure the watts. It keeps the 35 gallon at about 78 degrees before I bought it as the guy had his fish in there, heater and everything. The pilot light is always on (I always thought they turned off). The temp keeps going down. So I added a few buckets of hot water (theres no fish in the tank and wont be until I get everything cycled) and it went up to 81 degrees with a digital thermometer...now its down to 78 O.o

Will it heat up? The heater doesnt even feel warm when I stick my hand into the tank to feel it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
 
Don't go crazy by taking out the heater to see if it works. 1st switch off and wait a good 20 minutes. Remove heater after its cooled down. Plug in again and see if it gets hot by feeling with your hand. if it does congrats your heater is working. immediately switch off and place back in your aquarium properly so its deep enough and you can see the little light to know its on. Best of Luck mate in your soon to be set up and running aquarium. Many happy long hours of eye exercises.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
 
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Don't go crazy by taking out the heater to see if it works. 1st switch off and wait a good 20 minutes. Remove heater after its cooled down. Plug in again and see if it gets hot by feeling with your hand. if it does congrats your heater is working. immediately switch off and place back in your aquarium properly so its deep enough and you can see the little light to know its on. Best of Luck mate in your soon to be set up and running aquarium. Many happy long hours of eye exercises.
Its been in and on for about 5 hours. But I will take it out after unplugging it and see if it heats up outside
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:35 AM   #4
 
I have it out and plugged in. Its not heating up :(. I can see water marks above the water line so the previous owner must of submerged it. Sigh...Paid $110 for everything and my heater doesnt work
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #5
 
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I have it out and plugged in. Its not heating up :(. I can see water marks above the water line so the previous owner must of submerged it. Sigh...Paid $110 for everything and my heater doesnt work

Oh dear! Anyways atleast you are 100% sure its not working. In my country you get really cheap chinese automatic heaters and they work really fine as in the hay days where there used to be jap or German heaters in the kathmandu market. now flooded with Chinese products, cheap but works well 4 me so far. Expensive dosen't always mean its the best. Search the market or even a 2nd hand one. Sure you'll find a deal somewhere that is good for both mutual parties concerned.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:31 PM   #6
 
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Where are you located OP? If you're in the USA, Aqueon heaters have been getting good reviews. They also have lifetime warranties. So should you need to replace it, no cost to you.

ETA: I just searched reviews for your heater, it seems to be a very low quality heater.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:35 AM   #7
 
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Where are you located OP? If you're in the USA, Aqueon heaters have been getting good reviews. They also have lifetime warranties. So should you need to replace it, no cost to you.

ETA: I just searched reviews for your heater, it seems to be a very low quality heater.
The guy that gave me the tanks and accessories replaced the heater with another one. So now I have a 50 watt in the 20 gallon and 100 watt in the 30 gallon
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