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cFut 12-12-2007 11:33 PM

Penn-Plax 10 Gallon Aquarium Kit
 
I recently purchased the Penn-Plax(Cascade) 10 Gallon Aquarium kit
which comes with:

-Cascade 80 Filter
-Thermometer
-Air Pump
-Fish Flakes
-Fish Net
-Airstone
-Air tubing
-Air Valve

and a Penn-Plax 50w/110-120v/50L Heater(Submersible)

and I was wondering if the heater is any good?
I've looked everywhere for this heater but cannot find it sold by itself/separately. Could this be some cheap heater that i should stay away from? cuz i've heard some cheap heaters overheat and give wrong temperature readings...

anyone know about this heater?

Here is a link to the kit: http://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Filter.../dp/B0002DJBJG

Falina 12-13-2007 12:21 AM

I've never used that heater but the wattage is right for the size of tank.

Since you have to cycle without any fish first, my suggestion would be to run the heater on for a few days and keep an eye on the temp. You will see then if it fluctuates too much, or overheats, before you have the fish in it.

cFut 12-13-2007 12:37 AM

is it normal for the temperature to drop 5-10 degrees in the morning hours and then go back to normal in afternoon?

because my heater is actually set to around 89 degrees but the thermometer is reading around 75 give or take a few in the morning and around 80 during the afternoon. which is why im worrying. But then again it is winter.

I currently have 2 female bettas in the tank. 1 in the actual tank and 1 floating in the cup until i get more females.

Lupin 12-13-2007 12:51 AM

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Originally Posted by cFut
because my heater is actually set to around 89 degrees but the thermometer is reading around 75 give or take a few in the morning and around 80 during the afternoon. which is why im worrying. But then again it is winter.

What thermometer are you using? Many people prefer the use of Visitherm Stealth although I used Sera.

cFut 12-13-2007 01:17 AM

thermometer? or heater? if you mean heater, thats what im trying to figure out. :D All i know is it's made by penn-plax =/

speaking of the thermometer, it's one of those cheap 2-3 dollar thermometers you buy at petco/petsmart. it came with the kit(you can sort of see it in the picture, kinda small tho.

Lupin 12-13-2007 02:18 AM

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Originally Posted by cFut
thermometer? or heater? if you mean heater, thats what im trying to figure out. :D All i know is it's made by penn-plax =/

I'm asking about your thermometer. There are thermometers that give false readings themselves such as stick-on ones stuck outside the tank which can detect room temperature instead of tank water temperature.
Quote:

speaking of the thermometer, it's one of those cheap 2-3 dollar thermometers you buy at petco/petsmart. it came with the kit(you can sort of see it in the picture, kinda small tho.
Never been familiar with those kits as I don't live in US. What is it? Stick-on?

cFut 12-13-2007 04:55 PM

ooohhh sorry.
well it's a tubular thermometer with a plastic/silicon suction attatched to it that sticks on the side of the tank, and it's inside the tank, not out.

Falina 12-13-2007 08:57 PM

In that case no it's not normal. I would guess your heater is not functioning properly.

cFut 12-13-2007 11:27 PM

oh alright, ill get a new one ASAP
thanks for the help everyone!


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