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Old 01-27-2006, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have been told that it is a good idea to have an under gravel heater if you are growing plants. how much of a deference does it make? and how many people use them? every time i see a thread with the tank specs on it, they never say if they are using an under gravel heater. is that because they aren't using one???? please help.
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I've used them in the past and haven't noticed any difference with regards to the plants.

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Yup no one really uses undergravel heaters anymore. People who do bought them and figured they can't return them anymore so it doesn't hurt to use them.

There's no record of improved growth or anything such as that. You'll be better off purchasing a better substrate, or more plants with the money you save.

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I agree with the guys above. I used a Dennerle cable on my first planted tank-essential they told me....Well, one day I turned it off, and I didn't notice a blind bit of difference. I live in the UK, where it gets a little cold sometimes (you know, in between the rain), and just rely on in tank heaters now. The plants don't seem to get cold feet. I wouldn't bother.

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I don't use one and agree with the previous statements.



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I read a bit about them and thought they were for long-term plant health and stability (years and years). Just what I read
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I never used any of these type of heaters before. I guess the only good thing about using the underground heaters is that you can't see it. But I agree with what the guys said above, save your money.

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save your money, i think they may make at little difference to crypt's and some ech. species in my experience, i've also heard barclaya and otelia grows better with it. But if you saved your money and bought something else ie better substrate or better lighting your plants would benefit greater. I think its one of those things that sounds fantastic in theory but it's not the miracle product it was claimed to be. I stand to be correct but placing your resources in other areas would be more beneficial in my view.
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