Yea i mean the water is conducting away heat but that thing will still get hot. Only other thing i could recommend would be hide it behind some plants or driftwood :-/
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I think that's what I'm going to have to resort to, I was just hoping to be able to camouflage the heater as well. :/ I'm thinking before I do anything, I'll try throwing the heater in a bucket/tub, and sticking my hand in and seeing how warm the water feels near it, or maybe even if the heater feels hot to the touch after a couple minutes of constant on.
I'm pretty certain most silicones are good up to temperatures in the couple-few hundred degrees Fahrenheit (well above boiling, which should not be happening...), and several epoxies have pretty high temp ratings as well. I'm just concerned that coating the heater with those would insulate it, and severely limit the heaters ability to transfer heat to the water...
Thanks, that didn't even occur to me, but now that you mention it, I think I remember seeing them in a store recently. I'll take a look (I plan on hitting a few pet/fish stores in the next few days) and see what I can figure out.
Thanks. I'm not sure I would really have to do much other then clean it, as the heater has a slightly rough surface (similar to beadblasted finish). The idea of anodizing briefly passed through my head, but I don't have the equipment to do that (and I don't think I'm quite up to scavenging parts from abandoned microwaves and rigging something up in my apartment...(yet)), and I don't think I've ever seen titanium anodize as anything other then some pretty color (compared to aluminum, which is frequently anodized to black, grey, etc.)). even so, that stuff is a bit out of my league...