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Tycoon 05-29-2007 12:22 AM

Submersible heater
 
Where's the ideal place to put it in a tank, say a 10 gl. one? Would the fish get burned if they touch it?


Guys, can I have a picture of a heater in action?



Sorry for asking stupid questions, im an aquarium noob. :( lol.

Mr.Todd 05-29-2007 01:11 AM

If your heater is functioning properly your fish should not get burned if they touch your heater. I try and place mine in the path of circulation (like under the filter outlet) so that the warm water can circulate throughout the aquarium. :D :D

Falina 05-29-2007 03:42 AM

I put mine diagonally across the back of the tank, and also in the line of the flow from the filter for best dispersion of heat around the tank as shown below in my work of art from paint :roll:

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/1206_tankbitmap_1.jpg

Lupin 05-29-2007 04:13 AM

If I were you, try to do a research further and even better, read the instructions carefully written in the package. As a general note, never switch on the heater while it is above water level, during water changes or when trying to remove it. The glass will break and may cause damages and injuries to you. An electric shock is even possible.

I'd suggest placing it in areas where turbulence is permissible. This will allow the heat to spread out.

tophat665 05-29-2007 05:10 AM

In a 10 gallon, it's not going to matter where you put the heater. Stick it somewhere where it will be easily hidden by plants and decorations. If you can site it so that the filter flow goes over it, great. If not, don't sweat it.

Falina 05-29-2007 05:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tophat665
In a 10 gallon, it's not going to matter where you put the heater. Stick it somewhere where it will be easily hidden by plants and decorations. If you can site it so that the filter flow goes over it, great. If not, don't sweat it.

Good point. I got too carried away with my work of art. In a tank as small as that, placement isn't too critical.

Mating Slinkys 05-29-2007 07:09 AM

I've heard that some fish (especially sucker fish) can take a liking to sitting on your heater (irrispective of positioning) and can get themselves burnt. I may have been given wrong information but i know you can buy (and probably just as easily make) netting or mesh covers for heaters to kepp fish from coming into direct contact with it. Not sure if this is a genuine issue or just a marketing ploy... something to think about anyway.

Falina 05-29-2007 07:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mating Slinkys
I've heard that some fish (especially sucker fish) can take a liking to sitting on your heater (irrispective of positioning) and can get themselves burnt. I may have been given wrong information but i know you can buy (and probably just as easily make) netting or mesh covers for heaters to kepp fish from coming into direct contact with it. Not sure if this is a genuine issue or just a marketing ploy... something to think about anyway.

This is true. Plecs for example can be bad for it.

Tycoon 05-29-2007 09:13 PM

Thanks for the info guys

mr.bojangles 05-29-2007 09:59 PM

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


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