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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-17-2017, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Heat lamp as temporary heater?

So I am cycling a 20 long fishless planted tank with dirt. The water seems pretty cold and the heater is in the mail. My thought is I have a spare heat lamp for bearded dragons and heat pads too rated for much smaller tank for reptiles could I use this as a temporary heater for the tank? Will it actually help the bacteria grow faster or is it going to be a waste?


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If there are no fish yet, i wouldnt worry about it.
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It is my impression that the bacteria do multiply somewhat quicker at warm temps so if it is easy, I would go for adding heat but with some caution. Watch not to get the heat lamp too close to the glass so that it cracks? The heat pads are good , too. But I would want both to have some type of control to avoid overheating and cooking the bacteria!
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It is my impression that the bacteria do multiply somewhat quicker at warm temps so if it is easy, I would go for adding heat but with some caution. Watch not to get the heat lamp too close to the glass so that it cracks? The heat pads are good , too. But I would want both to have some type of control to avoid overheating and cooking the bacteria!


The light would be sitting on a screen lid for the tank but as it turns out the heater will be in tomorrow not after thanksgiving as it originally said so I think the bacteria can wait another 24 hours but, thanks for the advice I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future!


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The light would be sitting on a screen lid for the tank but as it turns out the heater will be in tomorrow not after thanksgiving as it originally said so I think the bacteria can wait another 24 hours but, thanks for the advice I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future!


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You could also just heat up your filter as well. Nitrifying bacteria live on sponges and porous surfaces of which there should be plenty of in your filter. It'll help them establish a bit but unless you're dosing with ammonia (or letting it leech from your substrate) you shouldn't really need to boost their establishment.
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I tend to lean away from putting heating near my plastics. Very easy to overdo it.
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You could also just heat up your filter as well. Nitrifying bacteria live on sponges and porous surfaces of which there should be plenty of in your filter. It'll help them establish a bit but unless you're dosing with ammonia (or letting it leech from your substrate) you shouldn't really need to boost their establishment.


I am dosing ammonia currently but mostly for the plants to use the bacteria is a bonus.


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I tend to lean away from putting heating near my plastics. Very easy to overdo it.


The screen top is metal so no concerns about melting plastic


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