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Old 01-25-2013, 05:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just started an Aqueon evolve 8 tank, With the intentions of making is a small planted tank. I stuck a preset heater in the second chamber and thought I was okay. My house runs around 60-65 degrees during the day, and once everyone is home can jump up a good 10- 15 degrees. I have noticed my heater isnt able to keep the tank at a steady temperature, and will only hold about a degree or two above room temperature. So what kind of heater do I need to keep a constant temperature of 75-80 degrees in the tank?
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Welcome to APC!

That is a small tank, so even a low wattage heater should be enough. Heater malfunctions are common, yours might simply not be working correctly. Take it back and exchange for a new one.

Depending on what kind of fish you plan to keep, you may not need a heater. There is evidence that we keep most of our aquaria too warm for the long-term health of plants and fish. There is a good article at Seriously Fish on this topic: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/whaddaya-mean-too-hot/
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If you do get a new heater, make sure it's "fully submersible". There isn't much room above the water surface and the rear lid in that tank, not enough to keep the lid on and the top of the heater above water.
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Thanks for the quick reply guys! Do you have any suggestions for dependable fully submersible heaters?
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No, not really. IMO, just get a heater in the price range you're comfortable with. You could do a pile of research and find out (like I did) that every brand has vocal detractors.
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