09-02-2017, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
| | Re: Heaters is bigger better?
Do you even need a heater? Read this article: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/whaddaya-mean-too-hot/
I don't have a heater in any of my 7 tanks. In the summer, we keep our thermostat at 78-79F, and the tank water averages about 76F. a little cooler in open-top tanks and a little warmer in tanks with hoods. In the winter the thermostat is set at 70-72F, and the tank water averages about 70F. I keep a variety of fish species, including some that are supposed to require higher temperatures, for example Boseman's rainbowfish. The fish slow down a little in the winter and don't usually breed much, but resume breeding when the water warms in the spring. Sounds like nature, doesn't it?
Heaters are the piece of aquarium equipment most likely to malfunction and kill your fish (CO2 systems are second). For safety, if you must use a heater, use TWO low wattage (for the tank size) heaters. This way if one of them goes insane and tries to cook your fish, it will take longer and give you more time to stop it.