water temperature and winter...

6 years ago #1
dude
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reminder: winter is here and so the water temperature may drop in ur fish tank. my house temp is set at 72 and so the heater which typically would be able to heat the tank to 78-80F in summer, wasn't working so well. luckily i saw the temp and it is around 76...not a disaster, but still a bit on the low side.
i have had this heater for 4 yrs...do u think it is time to change it??

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6 years ago #2
dkpate
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What brand is it?

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6 years ago #3
johnarthur
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I had one of the store brand heaters for about that long, and one day it stuck in the on position. After a couple of days not getting noticed, the water temperature of the 37 gallon aquarium reached 110! Not even the snails survived.

Sometimes, aquarium shop tanks don't have water heaters, but the fish rooms are kept at an elevated temperature.

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6 years ago #4
dude
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it is the stealh from Marineland. i got a new one and put it in. see if the temperature goes up.
i think the old one is probably working, just too covered with crud so cannot pump in enough heat when the temp goes down at night.

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6 years ago #5
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I am 99% sure the Stealth heaters have a lifetime warranty. If you call or e-mail them, they will most likely send you a replacement immediatley! Then you don't have to fork out the $30-50 for a new one. If you did get a new one, you could just take it back.

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6 years ago #6
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I've never had a problem with a Stealth heater. You may be able to save some money on a heater by trying drsfostersmith.com. Right now, they have a $5.95 shipping price on any order except live or frozen.

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6 years ago #7
dude
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i did get a new one from the store. did not want to leave the fishes at 72 degrees for a long time. the temp is now at 79C. i will email the marineland folks to see if i can get a replacement. thanks for the suggestions. typically i have read that the temp change should be no more than 1c per 24 hrs, and here in my tank the fishes have gone from 79-72 and back in 3 days.....scary...

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6 years ago #8
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Most aquarium fish are bothered by sudden changes in any water parameter. An article i read a long time ago compared it to going from a warm house out into the snow wearing nothing but your pride.

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6 years ago #9
dude
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The temp is now stable at 80C. i will try to drop a degree or so.

Another question: I have a 12 gallon tank too and today i checked the temp in that since I started having issues with the 29 gallon. and the temp in that one was 85C??? I was like what the.....did a water change which brought the temp down. also lowered the setting a bit. will monitor tomorrow and see how things are. this seems just crazy. never had temperature problems before..

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6 years ago #10
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CELSIUS??? HOLY ****! I hope you meant F lol. And never use water to lower the temp, you can shock your fish to death, it is easier on them if you just turn the heater down a few degrees every few hours. Make sure you keep an eye on the fish for the next few days, because that drastic of water temp change stresses them out and they are more suseptible to diseases.

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6 years ago #11
dude
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It is F. So my 12 gallon heater is also broken. temp still 85F. so took it out and will replace it today. the 29 gallon heater is already replaced and temp stable. a bit disappointed with the stealth heaters today.

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6 years ago #12
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have sent emails to marineland and will let u know how it goes...

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6 years ago #13
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one sign if your temperature is sky rocketing is when ur snails are dying in huge numbers. i dont even know how long the tank was at 85F. but recently i have had a lot of my snails die....

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6 years ago #14
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Most aquarium fish can tolerate 85 for a while, but some are not tropical and would have trouble at that temperature. Stealth heaters are usually reliable and durable when operated as recommended. I hope you reach an agreement with the company. Please keep us posted.

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6 years ago #15
achintya
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you may also read this article from my discus fish care secrets blog.... http://discusfishcaresecrets.blogspot.com/2009/10/temparature-for-aquarium.html

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6 years ago #16
Jewels in Ohio
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i just read this post and have had the SAME PROBLEM with the stealth MARINELAND heaters! I have 4 of them. I am replacing ALL of them because I no longer trust them in any of my tanks. I have ALOT of$$ in some of my tanks and now here is the story: One day woke up to a whole 15gallon planted tank dead! temp 89F. COOKED all 3 puffers killed the snails and ottos! Heater thermostat jammed on no reason what so ever. The reason it got so hot was because the tank was 15 gallons and the heater was for like a 20-30. Second story: my OTHER 75 gallon overheated same problem same brand! Heater kept overcooking my goldies. Luckily I caught it in tim because they all started "spawning". lol
Please let me know what Marineland actually does. I have been trying to get a hold of them but have not gotten through yet. It has been a week. The first heater I thought was a fluke so just begged store to return it. BTW They no longer make the stealth model. (wonder why) it now has a visible light on it and a bit different temp. wheel. I feel your WTF! Drafty houses don't help either. I just don't want to cook fish!
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6 years ago #17
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They do make the Stealth, because I just got one. I have them in all 5 of my tanks. You can call or e-mail Marineland, and they will replace them for you. Do you keep yours fully submersed in the water?

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6 years ago #18
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This should be interesting. Please keep us posted.

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6 years ago #19
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Wow! Kinda scarey tales... All I use in my tanks are the Stealth heaters. I've never had any issues with them (knock on wood)

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6 years ago #20
dude
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they did replace both my heaters. they are a type of stealth heaters and now have a light indicator on top. so u can tell when it is heating. i just sent them an email through their website and they contacted me within 24 hrs. i did not have to call at all. thank god. i hate sitting on hold for hrs. these seem to be working fine...

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6 years ago #21
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YAYY! Glad they replaced them for you, and were quick about it! I have never heard anything bad about their warranties!
Congrats too! You got the brand spanking new one with the light!

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6 years ago #22
Jewels in Ohio
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Sadly my experience has been the complete opposite. And the costomer service I have received has completely put the final nail in "Marineland's" coffin for me. Still no word at all after three weeks. I did get one pathetic call back and the guy left a unsympathetic vague message that sounded last minute "o.k. i have to call this customer back and it is almost 5 o'clock". I now doubt I will ever get a refund at all. Remember I paid up to $50.00 for one of my heaters and I have 5 of them!
I am switching to Fluval heaters and Aqua clear. I would do Rena but they are very pricy.
The "Stealth" just took a nose dive.
The new fluval aquarium heaters are silver ~shiny~they are supossed to reflect the decor!

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6 years ago #23
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That's an expensive heater. If you're going to replace several of them, you can usually save money by using an on line store.

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