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  1. Default Heater sizeing is bigger ok


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    I noticed that one of the online stores is having a sale on the Via Aqua heaters and it is very resonable to purchase a 200watt heater. This heater would be used in a 20 gal tanks so it is oversized. Is there any problem with doing this? thanks Mike:help

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    It should work fine. I am currently using a 300 watt heater in my 40 QT tank as I have a spare one and don't want to buy another heater

    The only potential problem would be if the heater gets stuck in the "on" postion. But I have only personally experianced that once so it's not really a big risk.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    Default BTW - Cliff means a 40 [gallon] 'QT' tank - Just saying :-D


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    Nope, Provided it operates correctly it will only turn on & off as required to keep the water at the temp you set.

    The only issue is if it doesn't work correctly [EG: It sticks on - Not common with decent heaters btw so don't panic ] and it will cook your tank quicker than a smaller heater but unless you catch either in the time frame before this happens [unlikely] you still have the same problem --> Busted heater.

    EDIT: Ninja'd by Cliff! :-P
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 12-24-2012 at 07:08 PM.
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    Cliff thank you for that my brain was saying that it was a silly worry but better safe than out a bunch of fish. have a great Holiday Mike

  5. Default You are right


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    850R
    Thank you, I thought this would be the responce but have never done an over sized heater in a tank and you are right if you are not there to catch it the out come is the same. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

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    using a spare 50w heater in my 4 gallon tank and i have it on almost the lowest setting so it would heat up the tank to the temp i wanted it at without baking the water and the fish...

    +10000 to the posts that came before. HAPPY HOLIDAYS

    20 gallon tall -7 paskai's rainbowfish (neons and blue eyes), 8 rasbora het, 2 blue ninja shrimp, 9 cherry shrimp, 3 algae eating shrimp, 2 nerite snail, 2 pc driftwood planted with anubias and narrowleaf java fern.
    Other plants in tank - 1 bunch anacharis (separated), 1 bunch water wysteria (separated), 1 red wendii, Mossball, 1 microsword plant (separated), 1 package of staurogyne repense (separated)

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    YVW Mike & same to ya .

    Quote Originally Posted by Shidohari
    using a spare 50w heater in my 4 gallon tank and i have it on almost the lowest setting so it would heat up the tank to the temp i wanted it at without baking the water and the fish
    Mommy already explained how heaters operate to maintain a temp but the comment above indicates you aren't fully grasping it [You are not simmering soup ], You should reread her post..
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    currently using a 200w heater on a 15g quarantine tank in the garage. It keeps the tank easily around 80F even when the temp in the garage gets to the 40s

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    One thing to consider is the length of the heater. Most of the higher wattage heaters are pretty long and as a result will not fit in the traditional straight up and down configuration inside the tank. I don't know if that is what you want to do but I just thought of it in case you were.

  10. Default thanks for the thought


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    Jeffs99dime
    That had gone through my mind and that will not be a problem since the heater that is in it is sideways so to be hidden behide plants. 24" tank 15 " heater and all is well but thank you if I had not thought of this it could have been a real problem in some installs. Happy Holidays to you Mike

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