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what is the ideal temp for a planted tank?? for some reason my heater even set to 70 degrees heats my tank to 86. My heater sux. it heats when told not to. lol. its aliiveee.

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Most folks dont use heaters in the summer. I would just remove it till you really need it..
Whats the ambient room temp?
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it gets REALLY cold in my room at night cuz of my window ac unit, but during the day, it can hit the 80"s

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i took the heater off my tank cause it was a piece of crap. my room temp is 75 at night and 76-77 in the day. my tank stays at about 77 - 78 cause of the lights.
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The type of plants you grow will dictate water temp. Most South American plants will tolerate higher temps then some mosses. North American plant like cooler temps. But in general I would say 72f to low 80s would be ok. I like a cooler tank but I use alot of mosses.
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If your heater is warming the water to 86 even though you have it set to 70, the switch is stuck. Unplug, give it time to cool, get rid of it, and then get a new one.

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If your heater is warming the water to 86 even though you have it set to 70, the switch is stuck. Unplug, give it time to cool, get rid of it, and then get a new one.

+++times two!!!!

If you have just purchased this heater I would immediately return it to the place of purchase. (Most retailers can easily charge back defective product to the manufacturer.)

Really, if your heater is "on the fritz", you may end up with a tank of death. Bad heaters are nothing to laugh or joke about, they may lead to a devastating event.

I personally swear by the Marineland Stealth Heaters. Love them! I've got over a dozen in breeding tanks; never any problems. (Be sure to size a heater correctly to the tank size.)
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If your heater is warming the water to 86 even though you have it set to 70, the switch is stuck. Unplug, give it time to cool, get rid of it, and then get a new one.
times 3!!!!

1 faulty heater + 1 fish tank = disaster

And i definitely agree, if you just got it you should be able to bring it back for a replacement, if not, then i guess it's just time for a new one, it's worth the cost of the new heater not to lose the rest of your investment in the tank for sure!


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What does everyone have to read the temps of the tank? I have a stick on the glass temp reader around the bottom to the middle. It usually reads about 78 to 80, but sometimes the water feels colder than that. Are these not accurate?
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Digital thermometer for $7 from dr foster & smith... spiffy and accurate...

Backup of stick on the outside temp strip near the top, since it is just reading the glass temp it doesn't matter where it is.

I got a 250watt stealth heater from there for $17.95, it actually adjusts the temp to what the temp on the knob says.

I had a faulty heater once, had just setup the tank and was stabilizing things before adding fish. BUT, had a large pleco in a 1 gallon jar because his previous tank cracked and I felt bad so I put him in once the temp was ok... went to work... came home to floating and boiled pleco... heater set to 75, water temp 95... I could see water inside the heater... so I returned it... poor pleco paid for my mistake.

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what is the ideal temp for a planted tank?? for some reason my heater even set to 70 degrees heats my tank to 86. My heater sux. it heats when told not to. lol. its aliiveee.
Are you sure that it's not your ambient air that causes the high temperature in your tank? My heater is not plugged in, but the water temp hovers around 78 degrees with my home A/C set to 76. Try unplugging your heater for a day and see what temp reading you get.

And if your room gets really cold at night, it means that your water temp is swinging from high to low everyday, which is not healthy for the tank's inhabitants.


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Yes do make sure your heater is work properly. Heat from lights can also cause heat build up too.

I check temp with a digital thermometer as well as the sick ons.

I had a heater stick on one night and lost allot of fish in a 55gal. so do make sure its not going bad.
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I agree, unplugging the heater and seeing if the tank temp is still really high is a better place to start instead of just ditching it, unless of course you said "it heats when told not to" because you've seen the little red light on that means the heater is on when the tank was well above 70 degrees.


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