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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question Fluval spec heating

Hey im wanting to keep some cherry red shrimp in my fluval spec and was wondering if anyone had a good cheap heater in mind... I live in the basement :/
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 03:07 AM
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I stuffed a Tetra 50 watt heater in the small compartment where the pump for the filter is. It barely fit but it works really well. It's a preset heater that keeps it a steady 77 degrees so it should be good for most fish. The nice thing is that it's entirely hidden inside the spec and the only thing coming out is the power cord. I think the heater cost about $20 at petco.

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Wal Mart has one that I use, it's about 10$ and fits in the back compartment where the pump is. It's preset to 76 I think but usually holds it around 74 but that's a good general temp anyways. All other small ones that fit that I can think of are about $25-30

I forget the brand but the model is HT-10
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick reply guys! My temp is sitting at 68F. I was wondering if one of those little pads for beta bowls might work? I will have to try and find the time tomorrow see as how my shrimp should be here the 30th.
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I got one for the smallest size I could get and it heated it up to like 32C. I'm not sure what that is Fahrenheit but it was way hotter than I think it should have been
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Thanks again guys! I went to the pet shop I work at today and with my discount picked up that Ht-10 heater for about $7.00. It works great! The little area it's in stays about 77-78 were the main part stays about 74. Perfect for little cherries!
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That's the same one I have. Great little heater for a spec- I think I paid too much though at $17.99 or so at Petco... lol

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That's list price, that's what mine says on the box. Haha but yea its awesome and works quite well for the job. Ive just never really trusted pre-set heaters all that much.
Though unfortunately my shrimp didn't come in the fish order today... Looks like I have to wait another week. Oh well it's give me more time to perfect the tank!
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I got this Hydor 25 watt for mine. I don't like preset heaters, either.
http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-THEO-Sub...2748834&sr=8-3
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I got this Hydor 25 watt for mine. I don't like preset heaters, either.
http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-THEO-Sub...2748834&sr=8-3
Ditto. I put it in the back over the pump and cut a few holes in the outflow tube so that the warm water circulates freely (it had the added benefit of reducing the flow, which was WAY too strong IMO).
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That sound interesting. I put mine in over the pump as well. one of the mods i would like to do is to make it so the water has to fall on to the pad. i just feel like filtering the surface is slow when the water in the back is at the same level as the display. Kinda get what im saying?
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I can recommend the Hydor 25w or the 50w. The 50w is the same size as the 25w so I'd recommend the 50w. I also dislike pre-set heaters.
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Well i got some pics up in the SPEC gallery im trying to make if you want to go check it out and leave me your thoughts! Also tell me if the pics wont come up, im having some trouble....
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Ditto. I put it in the back over the pump and cut a few holes in the outflow tube so that the warm water circulates freely (it had the added benefit of reducing the flow, which was WAY too strong IMO).
You cut holes in the tube in the back that runs from the pump up to the top?
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Ditto. I put it in the back over the pump and cut a few holes in the outflow tube so that the warm water circulates freely (it had the added benefit of reducing the flow, which was WAY too strong IMO).

We are also considering doing this. Any tips?

I have the Hydor 50W heater in the filter compartment and so far seems to be working well. I have just increased the temperature (currently empty tank) to 28C, keeping the tank at 26C.

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