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turn heater off when cleaning your aquarium.

Discussion in 'Lessons Learned' started by oscaroo, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. oscaroo

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    Mine burned the suction cups on it off. It broke sevrel important parts. It is it to like 72 degrees and it is a bout 80 degrees I had to buy a other heater. I was going to buy a cheapo heater. but my dad said that it could hurt my fish. He said that it would break easily too. So i borrowed some money and bought a 300 Wat fluvel heater. the tank is 75 gallons. no fish got hurt. just my heater.
     
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    Hello; Having learned the hard way many years ago, I now unplug heaters and allow them to sit in place a whle before removing them from a tank. If in a hurry i have a container that will not be affected by heat to place one in. I have melted a few things by laying a still hot heater on them.
    When changing water I do not lower the water level lower than an inch or so above the heater element. I also do not stick a hot heater back into a tank. I have several heaters in a box that I put back into service from time to time I test them by plugging them in and running the thermostat up untill they come on to see if they still work. They will stay hot for a while after being unplugged so I usually have a glass bowl to put the in untill cold. I always put a cold heater into a tank.

    Learning the hard way is likely going to be a part of the hobby. Good luck.
     
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    i always unplug my heaters for waterchanges, bc i do at least 50 percent at a time
     
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    i do 2 30 percent changes in my tanks weekly. maybe I should unplug my heaters like an hour before i clean my tanks.
     
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    i forgot to unplug my heater once. sounded like a gunshot when it exploded
     
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    I snapped one clean in half once when I had my Senegal. Luckily it was unplugged, but it spewed silver liquid and tiny metal marbles everywhere. I scooped her into a bucket and changed allllll the water.
     
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    I hate in when fish supplies break. How did it break when it was not on? did your sython bump into it?
     
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    I had one I left on once, Started filling the tank and heard BAM! Damn things explode when their hot and get hit with cold water.

    Mike

    PS: Now all my heaters are plugged into one surge arrest. Just flick a switch.
     

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