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Old 11-10-2010, 06:57 PM   #131 
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I prefer adjustable heaters. The one I'm using currently is a 50w topfin heater and in my growout tank will be a hydor theo (also 50w). As I've said before I like warmer temperatures for spawning and raising fry so I need a heater that has enough power to keep my tanks warm. Keeping the plastic lid on the tub also helps keep the humidity in.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:45 PM   #132 
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I'm retiring most of my presets to my pet bettas/spawning pair tanks and using my adjustables since it's getting quite cold here (just had our first snow storm).
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #133 
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Yuck... If it's snowing in CO it's only a matter of time before it hits us in Nebraska.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:15 PM   #134 
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I prefer adjustable heaters. The one I'm using currently is a 50w topfin heater and in my growout tank will be a hydor theo (also 50w). As I've said before I like warmer temperatures for spawning and raising fry so I need a heater that has enough power to keep my tanks warm. Keeping the plastic lid on the tub also helps keep the humidity in.

I have a adjustable one, but it just keeps heating the tank because it doesn't auto shut at the right temperature for tropical fish. That one will fry my fish so i'm just using the one from wal-mart atm. Does the one you have shut off at the temperature you set it at?
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:17 PM   #135 
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What size is your tank?

Its a little bigger than a 10 gallon fish tank and i had the plastic tub filled up to 5 inches of water.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:24 PM   #136 
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I use that heater in spawn tanks. I like it because it dosen't need adjusting and fluctuates a little (which kills off weaker fry but keeps the strong ones healthy and gets them used to changing conditions they may experience later on). My guess is that you overdid your BBS and gave them swim bladder disorder.
I might have overdid my bbs, but I have no clue if they even ate the bbs because they all just sat at the bottom of the tank and some of them would swim around in a circle only its like they can't swim straight so they might be deform. I only saw like 15 frys when they all hatch.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #137 
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Adjustable heaters are supposed to keep the tank at a constant temperature by turning on and off. If yours doesn't turn off it must be defective.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:18 AM   #138 
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Yup it's defective. I threw my defective into a 2 gallon with a few inches of water and used some McCafe cups as BBS hatcheries and get hatching must faster (it keeps the tank like 93*).
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:43 PM   #139 
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We have had breeders here who have lost spawns due to faulty heaters so my advice would be to get a good quality heater for spawning.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:52 PM   #140 
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My breeding tank is inside, and I have a large (55 gal) outside as well as a small 1.5 gal..... since I am in Florida, I dont have alot of months to worry about the cold, but I too have had one of those faulty heaters. They are a pain. I also cover my outside tanks with old sheets or towels at night just to keep the heat in. We sometimes get down in the 30's at night. In the summer though, I have the opposite problem.
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