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Old 09-14-2012, 07:54 PM   #1 
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Under tank heaters and lamp dimmers

Can I use a lamp dimmer, like this http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CEgQ8wIwAA with an UTH if it were to end up being too hot on it's own?
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #2 
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lamp dimmers work. You may want to pick up a temp gun(you can find them for like 20 dollars) to double check and make sure the temperature is accurate and stays accurate.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #3 
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lamp dimmers work. You may want to pick up a temp gun(you can find them for like 20 dollars) to double check and make sure the temperature is accurate and stays accurate.
hmm temp gun? I was going to get a digital probe thermometer...

Thanks for the reply!

Edit: also do you know if an 8watt UTH is enough for a 20 gallon long?
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temp guns are always good to spot check. The can be useful for measuring temps of different areas of the enclosure very quickly if anything does go wrong. Quick check the bottom of the tank, quick check the cool side, check the animal's skin itself. It's very useful and always good to have an extra source of accuracy to check against your thermometer!
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #5 
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also do you know if an 8watt UTH is enough for a 20 gallon long?
I was wondering something similar, I have a 2gal uncycled tank and was thinking of purchasing a 9w under tank heater (nor submerged) will that be too hot for my tank or too weak? there is a small layer of marbles on the bottom (bout 1.5 inch or less) and I was going to wrap the heater in a towel to protect the glass from over-heating as well as my counter. I have a thermometer on order so I can moniter temp
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:22 PM   #6 
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General rule is 5 watts per gallon.
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General rule is 5 watts per gallon.
^^ thats for submersible water heaters
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so will a 9W unsubmersible heat mat (made for reptile tank but using on fish tank) warm the water at all?
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Not stably...i would get a submersible heater for fish...
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #10 
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ok thanks for the imput :)
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