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post #31 of 40 Old 11-22-2006, 07:11 PM
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I HATE TOPFIN PRODUCTS!!! I bought a heater from them and it stopped working completely. luckily, it shut off and stayed that way and didn't cook my fish...My filter from TopFin sux as well. I have to clean it every week. Strip it down and scrape out grunge from all nooks and crannies of the filter...and yet it still fails to function as well as a same size whisper filter.

Im sorry to hear about your fish Tracy. Hope you have better luck with other heaters
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post #32 of 40 Old 11-23-2006, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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i went to petsmart and ask if i can bring my heater and get new diff heater so they said yes, i think ill get the rena cal. :D :P
Good for you, Joe! Glad to hear it :) I know that Rena is a good brand name.

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post #33 of 40 Old 11-23-2006, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Im sorry to hear about your fish Tracy. Hope you have better luck with other heaters
I replaced the faulty heater with a "Neptune" glass heater, manufactured by Marineland. I have those in two other tanks and they do a good job and also have a 2 year warranty. I bought some little tetras to replace the fish I lost.

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post #34 of 40 Old 11-25-2006, 01:01 PM
Otto controllers are on sale for 50% off at Ultradirect...
http://www.ultralifedirect.com/heater_controller2.htm

I'm thinking of getting a couple.

FYI, you should use the correct wattage for the heaters, otherwise, the fuses will burn out. The fuses can be somewhat easily replaced, they are soldered onto the board, but with a soldering iron, anyone can remove/replace the fuse on them.

Jehmco controllers can handle higher wattage and some models are 2 stage controllers (one plug for heater, another for chiller).
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post #35 of 40 Old 11-26-2006, 12:06 PM
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Usually I'm worried that I forgot to plug the heater back in, but I just discovered that the thermometer on my 20 gallon wasn't reading at all (can read up to 84F). Used another thermometer -- 88 F! I can't tell you want the brand name is, all I can make out is Supreme Heetmaster? And it must be at least 5 years old.

The fish all seemed quite active and healthy, but I did a 10% water change with 80 F water, bringing it down to about 86F, and I turned the heater down, so hopefully it will keep temp. (I usually keep it at 76-78F)

But what a scare!

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post #36 of 40 Old 11-26-2006, 01:41 PM
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mine is an excel...with the toplight

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Usually I'm worried that I forgot to plug the heater back in, but I just discovered that the thermometer on my 20 gallon wasn't reading at all (can read up to 84F). Used another thermometer -- 88 F! I can't tell you want the brand name is, all I can make out is Supreme Heetmaster? And it must be at least 5 years old.

The fish all seemed quite active and healthy, but I did a 10% water change with 80 F water, bringing it down to about 86F, and I turned the heater down, so hopefully it will keep temp. (I usually keep it at 76-78F)

But what a scare!
No doubt, what a scare :( Glad your fish seem alright though. Wow, we are certainly at the mercy of the companies that manufacture the heaters, eh?

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post #38 of 40 Old 11-26-2006, 03:06 PM
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the most trusty heater is NO heater!!!... actually not really, but (I've said this a million times before and I will say it again) just plain old flourescent lighting keeps my temp steady +- 1 degrees.
of course, I don't have a timer, so I leave me lights off during breaks, and I'm forced to purchase a heater...
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post #39 of 40 Old 11-26-2006, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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It is far too cold here to have no heater in the aquarium :( although my betta does alright with just the heat from the incandescent light in his 2 gallon hex aquarium.

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post #40 of 40 Old 11-27-2006, 01:28 PM
With all my years of fishkeeping, the only heater problem I had was a broken glass heater, when I accidently bumped a rock at it during a water change. Ever since then, I switched to titanium and stainless steel heaters, like the Wonn Brothers and ViaAqua. I can leave either heater, plugged in and take it out of the water without damaging the heater. I now prefer inline heaters, since you don't see the heater in the tank PLUS there is no posibility of the fish burning itself by accidently making contact with a hot heater.
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