Tip of the Day – 6/22/2011


Heaters will eventually fail on you. It is important to inspect them and prepare for heater malfunctions.  Consider using either a Ranco temperature control or an Aquacontroller to help monitor the temperature in the tank.  It’s a small investment that could possibly save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in livestock, as well as heartache.  Here are a few tips to help keep the heater running as long as possible.

  • Always run the heater at or above the min water line and it is not making contact with any objects in your tank or sump.
  • Instead of one heater, try splitting the load with 2 smaller heaters. This will give you more time to react if a heater malfunctions and gets stuck on.  Smaller heaters will cycle on and off less often.  This will lessen the chance of the heater getting stuck on.
  • Inspect your heater any chance you get.  Try to keep a spare available when possible.  This is very important during winter months.

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