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DragonFyre14 12-17-2012 09:48 PM

Heaters?
 
So, due to the recent death of my two gerbils (may they rest in peace) I now have a glass aquarium to use. Since I breed guppies for fun, I decided to make it into a guppy grow out tank.

I do have a heater (it's adjustable) that is recommended for tanks 'up to 15 gallons'. I haven't put it in there yet due to the fact that for some odd reason it didn't come with suction cups and I haven't had a chance to get some.

My question is, would it be safe for me to use the heater while simply laying it on the gravel? Or should I attempt to wedge it underneath the lid? At the moment I have been using a heat lamp that I used to use for my hermit crabs (the tank has a mesh lid) it seems to be working okay, but I don't feel safe leaving it on constantly as it gets really hot, and I get worried about what the temperature fluctuations could do to the guppy fry. Any help would be much appreciated :)
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FranksTanks 12-17-2012 09:58 PM

How big is the tank itself?

DragonFyre14 12-17-2012 10:10 PM

The tank is a ten gallon tank.
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Mikaila31 12-17-2012 10:17 PM

Just hang it over the side. Most my heaters don't have suction cups and just kinda hang there.

DragonFyre14 12-17-2012 10:38 PM

Okay I'll have to try that. It has little clips that you attach the suction cups to, just no suction cups...
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JDM 12-18-2012 06:10 AM

Hanging it is ok but don't lay it on the bottom or wedge it beside anything. The point of contact may overheat and crack the glass (assuming it is a glass tube heater). If you just used a tye wrap or something to suspend it from the mesh lid into the water, that would work too, of course it poses a small problem while removing the lid for various chores.

Jeff.

DragonFyre14 12-18-2012 06:42 AM

Thanks for all the help! :) I'm going to mess around with it later today and see if I can get it to work
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