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Old 09-21-2012, 04:58 PM   #1 
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Question Hydro Theo 50Watt Heater Placement Help

Just ordered a Hydro Theo 50watt heater for Sparkle's tank. Should be here on Tuesday.

I have a top-fin 5.5 gallon tank. Substrate is Luster Gems ... see my album for pics. Marina floating thermometer is on the left side of the tank. No filter...had to remove it because Sparkle has a "let's flare our little head off" issue with dark-colored items.

My question is: Where is the best place to put the heater?

I believe puting it horizontally in the bottom of the tank is best for heat dispersion...correct me if I am wrong.

If I put heater in the bottom, does it go on top or underneath the substrate?

Will there be any problems because of the "glass" Luster Gems?

I appreciate all suggestions/info/comments very much. I want to be ready for installation as soon as it arrives ... starting to get too chilly at night now and I want to keep his water temp stable.

Thanks A Betta-Bunch
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #2 
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I think I found the heater you're talking about. It looks like a little glass bar, right?

It would go on top of the substrate, but you could try sticking it on the back wall vertically :3
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:10 AM   #3 
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Horizontal is indeed more efficient. Don't lay it on or under the substrate. Stick it horizontally low on whichever wall it is least conspicuous.

Thermometer on the opposite side.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:57 AM   #4 
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I've always placed it vertically on the back of the tank (next to a filter if there is one). I might have to try horizontally for my small tanks.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #5 
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+1 to above, i put mine vertically right next to my filter intake, that helps evenly distribute the heat. It also makes it easier to get to if you need to re adjust it or something.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:39 AM   #6 
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horizontal is indeed better for heat dispersion as heat rises... it will account for the water over a larer area better than a vertically placed heater. And then ofcourse if the water flow. with good wTer circulation around the heater, the tank will be heated better
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:32 AM   #7 
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Thanks for all your help.

I see Teeney's point about putting it vertical for ease of temp adjustment...good point Teeney.

Since I can't use a filter, due to Sparkle's super-flare-mode at dark-colored items in/outside his tank, I hope that if I position it vertically it will heat the whole tank evenly.

I guess I will have to try it vertical first and see what happens.

I am still open to any other suggestions/advice.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:49 PM   #8 
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Azoo corp (I think) makes a clear plastic HOB. Use it with white or light filter foam.

If you can't find it, I'll help you look.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:48 AM   #9 
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Azoo corp (I think) makes a clear plastic HOB. Use it with white or light filter foam.

If you can't find it, I'll help you look.
I will try to find it. Will have to save some more $$$ to get one though

So far Sparkle is doing fine in a non-filtered/non-live-planted tank. I do a 50% to 75% gravel vaccuum once a week.

His Hydro heater should arrive today.... YAY !!!!!! I plan on removing him from his tank and doing a 100% water change (fall-house-cleaning ) before I install the heater. Jeepers Fish !!! .... I should keep my house as clean as I keep his tank !!!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:00 AM   #10 
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I will try to find it. Will have to save some more $$$ to get one though

So far Sparkle is doing fine in a non-filtered/non-live-planted tank. I do a 50% to 75% gravel vaccuum once a week.

His Hydro heater should arrive today.... YAY !!!!!! I plan on removing him from his tank and doing a 100% water change (fall-house-cleaning ) before I install the heater. Jeepers Fish !!! .... I should keep my house as clean as I keep his tank !!!!

Omg, Misty, you are too funny..I was thinking the same thing, now that I have a rotating schedule for 5 fish tanks..hahaha..but for the heaters, I use the horizontal position for the 5 gal, and the vertical position for the 3 gals..because the 3 gals have an airstone that circulates the heat, and the 5 gals have filters, and Yes, I have to do the rest of the house this weekend, because I had to do the girls tanks, back to back..sat and sun Did you find that plant yet??
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