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Old 07-18-2009, 03:43 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Need help wiith heater!!

So, I ordered a Elite mini submersible 25W heater for my betta.

It's just that my tank is plastic and I'm not sure if that'll be okay.
I've looked a bunch online to see if it works well for plastic instead of just glass, but descriptions don't say anything about the material of the tank that it's meant for.....

help? =o
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:56 PM   #2 
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Well,

The Elite heater is a glass heater and there is always the danger that a glass heater will damage a plastic tank. So I'd prefer the plastic heaters, Aquarium Systems makes these for instance. They will not damage your plastic tank.

But in the description of the Elite heater they mention that it's being delivered with a "bumper guard" Is this like a plastic casing to put around the glass heater? In that case, use it and the heater cannot damage your plastic tank and is safe to use.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:17 PM   #3 
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I have a 25 watt Marineland Stealth visitherm in a plastic critter keeper and I have had no problem. I keep mine set at 78. I would just keep an eye on it to make sure its ok but like I said, I've had no problem so far.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:45 AM   #4 
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I don't know what the bumper guard is for D: maybe someone else can anwser that for us? =o

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Okay. If I do get it I'll let you all know how it goes =3
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:51 AM   #5 
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Glass heaters can only damage your plastic tank if the glass touches the plastic itself. If you make sure that cannot happen, it's ok to use one.

But if I had to choose, I'd always go for the safe option and take a plastic heater... I've seen first hand what a glass heater can do with plastic tanks
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Mine do not touch the plastic. The suction cups hold it away from the plastic.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:03 AM   #7 
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Oh, okay.

Well, I think the bumper guard is something that goes around the core so that fish don't brush up against it and hurt themselves.....so yeah. The one I ordered has suction cups too so hopefully it'll be alright like dramaqueen's heater.
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