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Well here are my 0.02$.

I have used heating cables for over 2 years now, and since i moved to my new house i finally removed them since my tank had to be emptied anyway. Not only does it use 25 watts of power (which was on 24/7) it also was in the way of my plant roots. The plants rooted to the cables, meaning when i did a trim, the cables went up also.

I fixed this by tying the heating cables to so called "root-cloth" it is a woven plastic which is used in the Netherlands in the garden to prevent weed from growing through your garden. This also gave the possibility to "lead" the heating cables exactly the way i wanted them to be.

Anyway, since i moved (1 week ago :p) i removed the heating cables so i can't really tell if it is going to make a difference in root development untill some time has passed.
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