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bearwithfish 01-13-2010 08:11 AM

heater issue... i think?!
 
yesterday i moved all the guppies to my wife's 29 gal temporarily so i can start the build on my 29 (guppies will be back in my tank until either i re home them or i set up the major build in the dining room (i will make a thread on this later. how ever i noted that the heater in the 20 the guppies came from was a bit small for a 29 so thinking i just took down the platy tank i would just use two heaters.. this all sounds logical and good in my eyes and as i am building slowly i am just getting everything in place until i clean the rest of the sand.. then it hits me, hey this heater just made a really odd sound...... i look and the inside has springs in little glass tubes... the ends of a few of the tubes are broken!!!!!!! now not wanting to start a fire or get the shock of a life time i decided to write here and ask if this heater can still be used?????
the outer glass shows no damage just a few of the small inner glass tubes that house the springs...
please some one let me know so i can plan an adjust my build

Angel079 01-13-2010 10:19 AM

You mean like the heating core inside is busted? If the glass ain't broken it won't shock you or anything, thou if the heater core is busted, it ain't gonna heat your water any more.

bearwithfish 01-13-2010 10:44 AM

thats what i was afraid of.. inside of the heater is a series of springs that are inside of more glass tubes... the bottom of those tubes are whats broken.. i will try to find a pic of the heater and post it so you can see the parts i mean...

Angel079 01-13-2010 10:51 AM

I'm pretty sure I know what you mean...sounds like a busted heater to me :-(

But now that you're gonna have your 4in1 set up....what does 1 less heater matter :-)

bearwithfish 01-13-2010 10:51 AM

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here is the 25 watt version you can see the tubes inside of the bottom with the springs[IMG]file:///D:/DOCUME%7E1/BGOODE%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]

bearwithfish 01-13-2010 10:52 AM

it matters for the 29 gal i am building right now LOL
and i dont have the heater for the 4 in 1 set up yet LOL besides this tank will be separate

Angel079 01-13-2010 11:17 AM

If the inside glass (inside the big glass) is busted, it sure won't shorten nothing out or fry you....you can try it...odds are it won't heat any more.

bearwithfish 01-13-2010 11:23 AM

:frustrated::frustrated::frustrated::frustrated::f rustrated::frustrated::frustrated::frustrated::fru strated::frustrated:

mrdemin 01-13-2010 11:24 AM

Personally I wouldn't submerge anything broken thats connected to an outlet in water.

Angel079 01-13-2010 11:44 AM

Don't get frustrated...just get a new one, proper sized wattage for a 29g and be done with it. You said it was kinda too small anyway....It happens....don't let that get ya :-)


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