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Old 08-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #1 
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Heater question...

How bad is it to let a small heater lie at the bottom of the tank? The suction cup on this heater simply won't stay suctioned to the side of the tank and it keeps dropping to the bottom... It's just a little preset Marina mini heater. Can I let it lay on the bottom?
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:59 PM   #2 
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Maybe try propping it up against the wall or in a corner? I don't know of it being on the bottom will hurt, hope someone else can answer that!
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:30 PM   #3 
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Hmmmm... it's still heating and it's at the temp it said it was supposed to go to. But not in the dangerous zone yet, so I'll watch it a little while longer and see what happens... Could this be from it sitting at the bottom of the tank? I did sorta prop it against one of the sides...
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #4 
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my suction cups don't work either but I have the cord hanging over and down the tank which keeps it in place just fine.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:27 PM   #5 
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I just got my new heater today and in the instructions it said it can crack the glass by letting it sit on the bottom.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:17 PM   #6 
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I just got my new heater today and in the instructions it said it can crack the glass by letting it sit on the bottom.
now how in the hell would that happen? weird, never heard of that
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #7 
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I have no idea, I'm new at all this but it was definitely in the instruction booklet!
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:20 AM   #8 
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It may overheat the water in the area, and when water gets too hot it'll crack.
Or the heater lying against the glass will over heat and crack the glass.
That's highly unlikely, but it could happen
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:20 AM   #9 
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Well is it even directly on glass? What if it was on top of substrate?
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:56 AM   #10 
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Well... I dunno if it not being suctioned to the side is causing this or what, but this heater can't maintain an acceptable temp. on its own. Nearly fried poor Zero, but luckily I caught it. Temp was at 86 and still rising when I unplugged the darn thing. -sigh- The whole reason I got a new heater was because I have an unreliable one at home already, but it looks like this one is going to be unreliable as well. I'm gonna have to deal with it, though, because I can't afford another and Zero NEEDS heat in his tank. Looks like it's back to plugging in and unplugging when the temp gets to the right range. Arghhhhh...
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