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kim68048 07-29-2012 03:02 PM

Can heater burn live plants?
 
Might be a silly question : (
Can my aquarium heater burn my live plants if they are too close to each other?
Thanks!

Mikaila31 07-29-2012 03:39 PM

yep

kim68048 07-29-2012 03:51 PM

That's what I figured....thanks!

Pearl2011 07-31-2012 08:54 PM

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 . . .

Byron 08-01-2012 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pearl2011 (Post 1179710)
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.

Byron.

Pearl2011 08-01-2012 08:45 PM

Can you buy heater guards?

jmlampert23 08-03-2012 04:01 PM

you could probably make a heater guard out of a piece of PVC pipe.

I also have an Eheim Professional canister filter that has the heater built into the bottom of it so there is no heater in the tank.


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