My very first fish tank, and heater, and it malfunction the first day! Urg. How lucky am I, huh? The heater is a Marineland Visitherm, I thought I made the right choice by reviews, but I guess not. xD I even ordered two! One for me, and one for my brother, and his works just fine.
My heater is now stuck in the on position, but at a low setting. Thank god. So now, I'm relying on the light to heat the tank (with the heater), and when I turn the light off at night, I layer blankets over the tank to keep the heat in. It's working pretty good so far. I'm only seeing 2-3 degree drops in the morning.
But whenever I lift the corner off the blanket to check temp, I try not to disturb my little betta, usually because it's midnight (when I get home from work) but without fail, he rushes to the corner I lift up and is always right there to see what I'm doing, makes me smile. :)
I've already ordered TWO new heaters. A Hydor Theo, and an Eheim Jager True Temp. They were on sale, so I figured hey, might as well have a back up this time. Won't be getting a Visitherm again. They're great when they work, but like I said, mine malfunctioned on the first day!
Anyone else have this experience with Visitherms?