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post #1 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Heater malfunctioned :(

I just discovered all the fish in my 7 gallon hexagon aquarium, dead. At first I didn't realize how this could have happened but when I started removing the dead fish with the net I noticed the water was hot. Apparently the thermostat on my heater malfunctioned, and the heat just stayed on. The fish were fine last night, so this malfunction would have occurred sometime in the past 20 hours. How disturbing . It was 100 degrees F in the tank, just like a hot tub.

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post #2 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 09:39 PM
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Sorry to hear that.
What species of fish died? What is the brand of your heater?

It is scary when you hear stories of heaters malfunctioning and eventually cooking the fish.

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post #3 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 09:46 PM
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Sorry to hear that.
What species of fish died? What is the brand of your heater?

It is scary when you hear stories of heaters malfunctioning and eventually cooking the fish.
i no this things allways get me worried
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post #4 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 09:54 PM
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I'm more worried about heaters with dodgy brand names and often unusually very low price tags. A lot of people keep telling me that the heaters they used which were manufactured by China keep malfunctioning and eventually killed almost all fish in the tank. The lfs where I always buy my fish and equipments once warned me against choosing heaters with dodgy brand names particularly those with names originating from China. It was unfortunate that most of the fish that died were very expensive.

Mine is Sera. No problems with it. I just don't use it during summer days for precautionary measures even if I knew already that the heater will automatically switch off once the temperature is above or below the given temp on the thermostat.

Eheim is also a good option but I still haven't experience using it although some people did say it was good compared to those manufactured from China.

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post #5 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 09:58 PM
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i have a top fin it 27.00 bucks so i dont no if u call that cheap or not but ihas a ground wire and every thing in it :D 8) . what was the brand tracy?
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post #6 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 10:57 PM
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Sorry to hear about the heater problem.

I recently picked up a new heater, wanted to try a new brand, so I picked up a 50 watt All Glass Aquarium brand heater for my 10 gallon. And it's got a lifetime warrenty!

http://www.all-glass.com/products/ot..._heaters.shtml

It's the only other brand I have tried other than Ebo Jaber, which is in my opinion, hands down the most reliable heaters out there.
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post #7 of 40 Old 11-20-2006, 11:12 PM
That Ebo Jager is the best. Of course it's made by Eheim. For truly expensive tanks it's best to buy a chiller controller for your heater. What? Why would I say that? Because they are more accurate and hardly fail. You set a probe it in the water and plug the heater into the body of the controller. you set the temp you want on the heater and then set it on the controller. the controller will only allow the heater to work when it says so. And also since the heater has another thermostat if ever the controller does not tell the heater to turn off, and provided the heater is not broken as well, the heater will automatically shut off. Double redundancy.
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i have a top fin it 27.00 bucks so i dont no if u call that cheap or not but ihas a ground wire and every thing in it :D 8) . what was the brand tracy?
Joe, [i]get rid of it![/i] It was a TopFin 25 watt (Top Fin is PetSmart's store brand, they own the company). It had been in use for less than 3 months.

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[quote="Blue"][color=blue]Sorry to hear that.
What species of fish died? What is the brand of your heater?

I lost 3 platys and 2 cories. I think my snail may have survived (it doesn't smell dead).

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post #10 of 40 Old 11-21-2006, 01:14 AM
Sorry to hear about it. Many people have issues with heaters so they use heater controllers such as the Otto heater controller or Jehcmo heater conrollers. Otto heater controllers were once offered at AngelsPlus for $15 (USD), but is no longer offered.

Fortunately for me, I have not had any problems with any of the heaters I have (knock on wood), which include Wonn Brothers Titanium heaters, ViaAqua Stainless Steel heaters, Hydor ETH inline heaters and a mix of some glass heaters.
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