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Spec V Heater Issue

In all my years of fish tanks I never had an issue like I did yesterday. I went down to feed my fish in my Spec V and the water was lower than the overflow. Not sure why it got so low in one day, but it did. I looked at my thermometer and it was just under 100*. The pump was still running and flowing water as usual. I then looked in the pump chamber which also houses my HT10 and the water was really low. The heater was only submerged at the bottom. I quickly did a water change and brought the temp back down to 80*. My tank inhabitants seemed to be doing fine after that. I took the heater out and put it in a bowl of water to test it out. After a couple hours the water was up to 150*. I guess I had my first lesson in a heater becoming unsubmerged. Just wanted to share this with other Spec V owners. Three years of having this tank, I never have let the water fall below the overflow level.

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The water probably fell below because it got too hot, which led to faster evaporation. This probably resulted in a positive feedback loop: Think - ice reflects sun, sun melts ice, leading to less reflection, leading to warmer oceans, which melts more ice, which leads to more heat entering ocean, on and on.

I'd get a new heater honestly. I've only had one heater malfunction and go up to 90 in my ten+ years of keeping fish. I'd be worried that it will malfunction again.

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New heater and back to normal. I did lose one of my ghost shrimp which sucked. I've had three in this tank for over a year. They are crazy huge and come out from hiding every night to eat when I approach the tank. It's a bummer one didn't survive....
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Scary. I'd go further and look into a temperature controller.


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Scary. I'd go further and look into a temperature controller.


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I might have to. I have five tanks with heaters going now..

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