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post #21 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-26-2017, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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If you mean the Fluval heater, they're usually fully submersible. So the knob goes under the water line. Once it's set, you'll rarely need to adjust it if ever- maybe if you change your fish to a cooler water fish for example.
really? that would be super convenient if so. the top water line does say "max".. does that make a difference?

also, kind of annoyed at my tank right now... the fluval isn't heating it up above 80 either. so i put both the hydor and the fluval in my 10 gallon and it's STILL hovering around 70. i keep my room kind of chilly but surely TWO heaters, 100w and 150w, would be able to compensate?
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That definitely sounds odd. What's ambient air temperature? I'm not sure which model you have, but usually aquarium heaters have a line that indicates the minimum amount they need to be submerged, not the maximum submerged. And it's important to keep the water level above that min line to be sure that evaporation doesn't expose too much of the heater (and be sure to unplug before each water change). Finally, there is a calibration step, it's not just insert plug in turn heat up- dunno if that's in your directions, often people don't read them. See: www.firsttankguide.net/heater-setting.php

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That definitely sounds odd. What's ambient air temperature? I'm not sure which model you have, but usually aquarium heaters have a line that indicates the minimum amount they need to be submerged, not the maximum submerged. And it's important to keep the water level above that min line to be sure that evaporation doesn't expose too much of the heater (and be sure to unplug before each water change). Finally, there is a calibration step, it's not just insert plug in turn heat up- dunno if that's in your directions, often people don't read them. See: www.firsttankguide.net/heater-setting.php
..wow. no, i TOTALLY didn't know you needed to do that. i've just been putting in and plugging. jeez! thanks so much for the guide! i'll see if it works.
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So I just unboxed my stand and it's pretty neat. But I am realizing that I'm not super fond of having my tank so low on the ground.. Will definitely have to upgrade in the future.

Anyway, I wonder if there's any thing I could add to the bottom to make it less too heavy if I put my tank on the top of the stand? The only thing I could think of would be a block of wood and some cinder blocks. But not exactly what I'm going for in home decor, lol.

Also didn't realize that glass canopies don't cover the entire width of the tank!! Need to brainstorm ideas to cover that extra two inches or so. Fishy has never jumped but I really don't want to risk it... or the odds that my cats wouldn't try to get their paws in if the tank stays on the lower half.
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...nevermind! I totally overlooked the plastic part.
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What about some heavy books like some encyclopedia as weight...? Maybe you can find bargain priced set at thrift shop. Sometimes old heavy books make great room décor.
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What about some heavy books like some encyclopedia as weight...? Maybe you can find bargain priced set at thrift shop. Sometimes old heavy books make great room décor.
oh maaan that's a great idea! :O
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Hey guys, I think I'm gonna use straight sand bc it will be tidier and less rough on the inhabitants. Would anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of sand? And what kind of feets I'd need?
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Ferts * omg lol
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LOL. Just root tabs; I like the generic sand from PetCo.

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