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Originally Posted by mr.bojangles
in my 10 i buried the heater in the sand ... its out of veiw and dont need to worry ...
in my 10 i buried the heater in the sand ... its out of veiw and dont need to worry about removing during water changes ... i know its not in an area of high flow but it heat the gravel wich heats the tank ... and since its at the bottom the warm water rises but the cool air from the top is heated quickly ... keep in mind i hav a 2 inch gravel bed
heh cool idea... does it work perfectly fine? like does it heats up the entire tank by doing that?
and where is it located? Im guessing right in the middle?
its right in the middle. to adjust it i set it to the right temp with it just floating then buried it ... i dont reaaly see anyproblems ... the temp stays consistant. u can see the pilot light so u cant tell if its on but who cares
The only problems I have seen and heard from burying the heater is the possibility of it getting broken when doing gravel vacs. If you get a protective cover for it you can still gravel vac around it and not worry too much about breaking it if you hit it.
It does create a spot that mulm and detritus can build up so that can be an issue also if you can't gravel vac around it or under it.
Like Lupin said, make sure that any heater you try to bury says you can do so or you could be in for serious trouble down the line.
I put mine right beside the intake of the Aqua Clear filter. There is a tube there already so it doesn't clutter too much more than the filter tube itself.
If you really want to make a more sightly tank and not see the heater get an inline heater but you need a canister filter or something similar to use them.