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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Plants surrounding heater

Just posting this hoping it would help others... My six month old low-tech dirt tank (just lights and a heater) was doing great until about a month ago when I got some green water and a oily surface slick starting to develop. I hadn't changed anything in my routine or added anything to the tank. It took a few weeks to figure about what I think happened: My slowly developing jungle had engulfed the heater at the bottom rear of the tank and while the nearby plants were growing and *looked* fine, I think the heat was mildly cooking them and polluting the water with things the algae and bacteria love to eat. After some pruning and moving the heater clear things are improving nicely. So just a heads up -- because the plants touching your heater might not look damaged doesn't mean they aren't being stressed out.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 02:50 AM
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Thanks for posting, I always wondered if covering a heater with moss would be ok.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 04:26 AM
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Good to know I've always thought about it.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 02:45 AM
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Thanks for the post. I've covered most of my filter pipes but I never the heater because I thought something like this would happen.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 02:19 PM
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I always need to watch out for my heater after some of my jungle vals got burned
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 03:48 PM
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Great information! Thank you!


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