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Old 04-25-2010, 10:28 PM   #11 
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I bought an aluminum thermometer and the temperatures no better... if anything it's worst... It's barely above the safe zone indicated (70 degrees)
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:56 AM   #12 
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Definitely wait on that thermometer. A lot of use that specific type of heater, and I've never had anything that bad.

Well, I live in Texas and it's April. I don't even need a heater, but it's for the sake of night-time drops, haha. It gets bad in the day, but normally because it's pretty warm inside the house, it stays around 79-81.

Exchange the heater. Either wait 24 hours for the thermometer, or exchange the heater tomorrow for a new one. My walmart ALWAYS has at least ... a bajillion in stock. They sell quite well.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:28 AM   #13 
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I have the same heater. And just bought another. But I am having the same problem with the first. I bought it a week ago and its only staying about 75. My fish doesn't seem to mind to much, though he stays closer to the heater. but I think I am going to put my new heater in their and try that, and return the other if they will let me.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:02 PM   #14 
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I'm just finishing up my "test drive" of the Marineland 10W heater for 1-3 gallon aquariums. I'm pretty pleased with it...my only complaint is that the "minimum" water line indicator isn't accurate. If used completely submerged, it effectively keeps the water right @ 78 degrees. Very impressive.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:05 PM   #15 
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I have bought two of these heaters in the last couple days and neither of them work, one was tetra and the other was a different brand from petco but looked the same, both don't work, arg frustrating! Not buying another one of these types again ever but what to get?
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:46 AM   #16 
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Marineland is a more dependable brand. Tetra is about the bottom-level of brand-names, and a generic is never a smart move with precision equipment, like heaters. I can understand why the price tag would be a deterrant, but I'd rather pay more for something that actually works than to deal with the disappointment associated with another Tetra product.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:58 AM   #17 
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I agree with Mister Sparkle here. I only use mine because it's way past the return date, and I just hate wasting things.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:05 AM   #18 
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I have a heater similar to the one being discussed here; heats the water to 78 degrees and keeps it there. I've had it in two places in the last two months. First in a 2 gallon and now it's in a 10 gallon. Oddly enough it works A LOT better in the 10 gallon and keeps my water around 78-79 on the opposite side of the tank where the thermometer is. In the 2 gallon it kept it at around 75. I think this was because the heater was simply heating a small portion of the water around it and then turning itself off.
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