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Old 03-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #1 
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Thermometer working?

I just put a new glass thermometer in my 2.5g tank.
I don't have a heater yet, but the reading says close to 80degrees F.
this makes no sense because the house is at 74F

Any ideas what could be happening?
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #2 
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Well, you probably have a malfunctioning thermometer. I mean, technically, I don't think the heater make sense right now. Anyway, you could just bring it back to the petstore, they'll give you a return. You always want to have a working thermometer because, well, a broken one just wouldn't work. Good luck fixing your thermometer dilemma!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #3 
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Get a second thermometer (make sure it is submersible glass, not a stick-on external strip) to double check. :)
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #4 
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Just went to fish store and they did not have any thermometers...
but, if you check the temp with your fingers it is quite warm..
I think it IS ACTUALLY 79-80F in the tank
I have the Minibow 2.5g with 15w incandesant bulb with hood, so, maybe it is actually heating the water.
This morning while the light was out, the temp was still about 78f.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:29 PM   #5 
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My daughter's tank in her room stays at 80* with no heater. It's a 2 gallon. Yesterday, the air conditioner was on, and the tank stayed at 80. I verified it with a meat thermometer that I keep around for that purpose.

I'm not sure how her tank holds at 80 when the house is cooler, unless the filter is keeping the water warm with the impeller (even after a night of darkness, the temp is 80, so I don't think it's the light) ... but when I put the heater into her tank, the temp shoots up to 85 or higher, so I just took it out. Maybe in the summer when we run the A/C full time, the heater will need to go back in. For now, the house is at 73, and her tank is at 80, and whatever ... I verified it so I'm happy.

Test it with a different thermometer just to be sure, but chances are you're fine.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #6 
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UPDATE
Finally got the 2nd thermometer and the water stays around 80, and goes down maybe a degree at night.
I don't think i need a heater.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:20 PM   #7 
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Incandescent lights will definitely heat the water :)
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