Hi epicfish,Naja, what heating controller do you use? Do you have a link from that site? I'm new to them so I don't want to be buying the wrong one.
The thermostats seem nice, but it's a bummer that they only have emergency shut off at 95 degrees, seems like it would be too hot for many animals at that point.Hi epicfish,
The way I use them is this: set the heater for 3-4 degrees above what you want and then set the heater controller to the temp that you want. That way you have external adjustment through the heater controller and you are not working the heater thermostat--if the controller were to fail "on" the heater thermostat will kick in at the 3-4F higher and you won't cook everything.
For folks with the Visatherm Stealths--here's an answer for whether its working or not.....:thumbsup:
With the heater thermostat and heater controller--you should never have to worry about reaching the 95F shut-off. Whether its set-up the way I suggest or reverse like you are asking about. Here's an example: I set my heaters at 88F and then set the heater controller at 84F. Temps stay around 84F until the heater controller fails--if it fails "On" then power is still going to the heaters. At ~88F the heater thermostats turn the heaters off. As temps lower, they turn the heaters back on--at 88F--Off again, etc. It just starts working like a normal heater that's all. Hopefully, the owner notices the raised temp, realizes that something is wrong and takes proactive steps. High temp becomes 88F which most aquatic life can handle.The thermostats seem nice, but it's a bummer that they only have emergency shut off at 95 degrees, seems like it would be too hot for many animals at that point.
The Visatherm Stealth heaters don't have an indicator light to indicate whether they are on or off--or even working at all. These heater controllers have a Green light indicating power to the unit and a red light that goes on and off as the unit turns the heater on and off.What do you mean about the Stealths?
Sure, but My Opinion is that the heater thermostat is probably cheaper and less reliable long-term than the heater controller. By doing it the way You are asking: You are working the heater thermostat and "wearing it out" so-to-speak. By doing it the way I do it: It doesn't put wear and tear on the heater thermostat, so it should hopefully be working well if you ever need it.In yur scenario above, could you set the controller for 3-4 degrees above what you want, in essence the reverse of what you said. Since I would think that the heater is more likely to fail than the controller. Not sure how these setup though, in thinking about it I'm guessing that won't work.
The heater controller plug only has space for 1 plug-in. But You can run up to 500 watts on the 500 watt unit. Currently, I am running 2 heaters on each of my 3 heater controllers. Below is a pic of one set-up:Can you control more than one heater with these? It doesn't seem to say.
Look at the picture that I posted above:Thanks for all the detail, it's much appreciated.
So if they only have a spot for one plug how do you run 2 heaters off them?