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Old 09-11-2012, 07:50 PM   #1 
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How often do you guys check the water temperature?

I tend to just check my themometer before and after my weekly water change and occasionally I will check it one other time in the middle of the week...
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #2 
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I rarely check temp both my tanks always stay 80F.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #3 
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I have a Finnex digital temperature controller on my tank, it has a fairly large red readout of the temp. It also has a high and low setting so it shuts off at the high point, and turns on at the low point.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:06 PM   #4 
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These days I check with the weather. like yesterday was ultra cold outside, so I checked. but it seems to be stable for now.
I normally give ot a glance before I feed my fish
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #5 
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I check it whenever I go to my tank. ;)
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:24 PM   #6 
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Well... How often is it necessary? Does anyone really know?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:26 PM   #7 
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Well, I think you should check it 2x a day. 1 at morning and 1 at night. Just to be sure of the temperature fluctuations.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #8 
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So am i doin it wrong?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:50 PM   #9 
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Well, if it's the same temperature then I think it should be fine. Hydor THEO, right? Besides, you linked that to me. That heater is freaking awesome so if you use it, then the temperature should be fine.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:52 PM   #10 
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Think this would totally depend on the type of heater you have.

  • My tank's water temperature dropped from 80F afternoon to 63F degrees last night.

Thought it was an ideal time to truly test out those 7W Hydor heat pads that everyone else seems to use on their smaller tanks.

So far from my little tests I've been conducting for the past 48 hours.... They're absolutely HORRIBLE in terms of maintaining a stable temperature.

  • Here's the verified temperatures 2.5G QT tanks. I've been busy so I didn't have time to take the time of the measurement, but I did take pictures.

Keep in mind these 2.5G glass tanks only have 1.2G of water in them
  • 71 degrees
  • 81 degrees
  • 88 degrees
  • 90 degrees.
  • 82 degrees @ 8pm 9/11.
Room Temperature was 84 degrees @ the time

Here's the Hydor 7W results as of 9/11 @ 9:45PM EST.

Tank #1 = 2.5G with 1.2G filled
  • Left Side = 82.4F
  • Right Side = 78.6F
  • Room Temperature 69.5F

Tank #2 = 2.5G with 1.2G filled
  • Left Side = 77.9F
  • Right Side = 79.3F
  • Room Temperature 75.3F

Based on these results I'm not using these things much after this weekend.

  • I might use them to keep my mouse pad warm but that's about it.


For the 10G S-tank, I have a 25W Visi-Therm & I've set to 78-79 degrees.

Here's the readings I just took on it....
  • Verified temperature on left side = 79 degrees
  • Verified temperature on right side = 79 degrees

Also this little 25W Visi-Therm heater was given to me by my friend Stefanie & they're least 3-7 years old. First time I ever used these little VT heaters was this past winter for Akoya's dinky isolation tank, but they worked great. Akoya & the cories were pretty happy.
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