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    So i tested my water the day before yesterday and had little ammonia, nitrItes out the roof, and mabe 20ppm nitrAte. Today i just went to do my water test and was extatic that i had 0 nitrIte skeptial i was going to test again and relized my heater stoped working and water is 71 degrees. Im running to walmart now to see if they have a heater but how worried should i be
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    You have no fish, what's the hurry to gr=et another junk heater from Wal Mart?

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    Ok so walmart did have a heater. I have to pick up my daughter then right home to warm up that water. But to give a little more info i just got this 55gal kit from walmart snd i think the heater that went bad is a 200 watt top fin. Yes i know the filter and heater in a kit is junk but i got everything to surprise the kids for xmas. I would have thought the heater could of lasted longer than 2months but i guess not. The heater light is on but no heat coming out. Im just really worried its too cold for the new benificial bacteria i have been trying so hard to grow. Do u think i will have bactira die off at 71 degrees i had to have stoped working less than 48 hrs ago. And y would that make my nitrItes dissapear.
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    Fissh im worried about the BB dying off.
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    Ok i guess a quick google search would have told me that BB doesnt die until 32 degrees. But i guess i paniced
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    BB is VERY TOUGH it can stand a lot more than a slight temp change. Quit panicking and take your time. Look for a quality heater and really good equipment. If in in question ask on this web site. Everybody has their opinion. If that isn't working PM me

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    It might slow the cycle some, but you should be good. Might be worth looking into a better quality heater now since you don't have any fish in the tank.
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    Did you submerse the heater for 15 minutes or so before turning it on?

    +1 to the above, your BB won't suffer much (if at all) with that temp drop
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    Instead of a fishless cycle, consider using some media from your 110 gal tank for an instant cycle. I did that recently when starting a new 20gal ( http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=128955 ) and everything went very smoothly AFA cycling was concerned.

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    Just curious if you ever figured out how your heater died?
    I'm pretty new to this hobby and am interested in understanding more.

    I started out with a glass heater but switched to Aqueon pro heaters, they are metal housed instead of glass. The reason for the switch was that I was worried about the glass cracking and I get electrocuted (I should unplug everything during aquarium maintenance, but many times I just forget to). If you decide to get one, I like their old version more than the new (the old version has an led that turns green/red for on/heating; the new version only has an led that turns red when heating).

    You may also want to consider getting 2 100W heaters instead of a 200W; this way, you can have some safety net.

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