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Old 08-02-2012, 06:22 PM   #1 
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How do I tell if this heater works?

My fish has gone without a heater for a week or two now. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, cuz outside its 115 degrees, but I know he will need one, especially when I move him to a larger tank soon. We found this aquarium heater in a storage unit, but I don't know how to tell if it works....
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Put it inside a water bottle or other container, turn on and wait 15-20mins... if the water heats up in that small container then it works. If not, then it's most likely broken.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:38 PM   #3 
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Put it in a container with a thermometer and check the temps in 30 minute intervals. The heater should turn off when it reaches a certain temperature. If it doesn't then you will have to toss it, I had a heater for 3 years and it started to stay on and make the water temp really hot.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #4 
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what is the wattage and how big is the "larger tank"?
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:53 PM   #5 
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It is 100 watts and the tank will be 10 gallons
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:03 PM   #6 
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Some have a green light that comes on when the heater is plugged in and working and a red light when its heating the water. Mine does and starts to heat the water if it gets below 78 degrees. Its been hot here too and I dont have AC only a fan downstairs where my tank is so the water is staying around 80 degrees but I plug the heater in at night in case the temp drops below 78.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:09 PM   #7 
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should be fine...easiest way to test is to fill up a large container( one which will hold the heater) with warm water. the heater should turn itself off....then wait for water to cool.. heater should turn on agai n
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