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Could I have ruined my heater?

I have a Aqueon 50w heater in my tank, Evolve 4. I have the heater in the pump chamber.

I was doing a 1gal water change, and forgot the pump area will become empty immediately. So I quickly put the water back in the pump area.

Did I just ruin my heater? I know it says to keep it submerged the whole time, otherwise unplug.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 04:53 PM
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I do believe it has a auto shut off for those very things. Your prob fine

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I do believe it has a auto shut off for those very things. Your prob fine
Temp seems to be holding fine still, between 81 and 82. Will be keeping my eye on it all day.

Not used to a tank with a separate chamber like this.

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Yeah your prob fine. I run a couple in the sump for my 180. A lot of the dry issues mostly came with the older glass sheath heaters like visatherms (2 shattered on me), but most now a days, and i did a quick check on yours have auto shut offs now.

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Haha I did the exact same thing with a Evolve 8! And unless the heater cracked from being run dry (which I have done in the past as well) you should be good to go :]

What do you have for stock in there? Temp seems awfully high

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Your fine bro. Unless a crack occurred.
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I forgot to unplug a heater when I drained my tank and it actually melted the plastic holder and burnt some plants. The thing is still going strong 4 years later and it didn't shut off, obviously. It likely depends on quality of the heater and time it was on but I was fine.
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Re: Could I have ruined my heater?

I did that once and guess what else? I tried to move the heater out of the way not realizing I didn't unplug it. Burned the hell out of my fingers.

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Glad to know I am not the only one to do this LOL.

I have a Betta in there. I was told they like it between 80 and 82. I am slowly trying to get it to stay at 80. I have the dial at 78. Started at 80. just trying to find the sweet spot.
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Re: Could I have ruined my heater?

Ohhh that explains it and yea they like it warm.

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