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Old 10-20-2009, 01:29 PM   #1 
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Exclamation NEVER use a heating pad for your tanks...

I saw on another post that someones recommending this. I hope that noone thinks this is ok.

i would NEVER set any size aquarium on top of a heating pad. a gallon of water weighs approx. 8.35 pounds.
multiply that to how many gallons ur tank is. thats ALOT of weoght to be putting on a heating pad that is NOT meant to be used that way. you could cause a short in the heating pad, resulting in a fire or electrical shock. the elements inside a heating pad are not designed to take that sort of force on the thin elements that run thru it.

also, most newer heating pads have automatic shut offs when they run for a certain time. and the older ones that dont have this feature could be extremely dangerous under a tank for that long.
and what happens to the pad when u do water changes and it gets wet?
this has disaster written all over it.

please dont use heating pads under your tanks. it could have dire consequences.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:22 PM   #2 
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I've never considered using one but thanks for your important advice! o.o
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:56 PM   #3 
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Good info.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:14 PM   #4 
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I bought one that goes in the water, and it was a waste of money. But, this was a few months ago.

Great info, though!
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:31 PM   #5 
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I'm not really 100% sure what a heating pad is, but I'll keep that in mind.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:00 PM   #6 
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I'm not really 100% sure what a heating pad is, but I'll keep that in mind.


Heating pads are used to warm parts of the body to manage pain.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:58 AM   #7 
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sweetnspicy, usually the little aquarium heating pads only raise a single degree or two, which was probably not enough for your tank.

i posted this because someone was suggesting a body heating pad for underneath tanks, a big no no
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #8 
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Oooh, I was thinking more along the lines of those hot water bottles, lol.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:23 PM   #9 
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those would probably be good during a power outage if u could wrap them around a tank
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:06 PM   #10 
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thats really good advice, but if you but a heating pad lighltly against the back of the tank, it should be fine, as long as it is on a glass tank and has cloth covering it
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