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Old 05-05-2009, 02:05 PM   #1 
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tank cleaning.

its about to become time for me to clean cosmos tank.. my only question is do i have to unplug the heater each time i clean it? i bought one of those cleaner things that suctions teh gravel and such........
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:28 PM   #2 
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I always unplug my heaters during tank maintenance. That way I do not worry about an electric shock, also if the heater is not submerged under water, you risk a chance of it overheating.
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Old 05-05-2009, 04:09 PM   #3 
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You probably don't have to, but I would reccomend it just to be safe. The heater can do weird things when part of it isn't water - it won't get an accurate temperature reading and it might over heat if it is just heading air.

But, then again, i usually leave mine plugged in if I am just doing a fairly quick cleaning. haha.

The instructions on the heater probably tell you to unplug any time if won't be submerged up to the water line, though.
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my heater is submerged, now if i unplug it for teh tank cleaning then plug it back in that wont stress out my fish?
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:20 PM   #5 
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No it shouldn`t stress your fish at all

I unplug the filter, heater and lights when I do any water changes/cleaning of my tanks, the fish are fine with it. Just ensure the water you`re putting back in is the same (approx) temperature as the water you`re taking out.
A friend of mine once left her heater plugged in whilst she did a large water change, her heater actually exploded!!

I just feel better about mine being unplugged 8)
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Old 05-05-2009, 06:22 PM   #6 
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A friend of mine once left her heater plugged in whilst she did a large water change, her heater actually exploded!!
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Yikes! Thanks for that story. Maybe I'll be a little more careful with mine now...
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #7 
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I unplug mine. Its only for a short time anyway.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:27 AM   #8 
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Exploding heater! That's scary!

I have to unplug mine anyways, since I walk my tank to the sink.
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