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fishfan23
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PostPosted: 2005.04.25(Mon)19:37    Post subject: Heat Distribution Reply with quote

Hello!

I have just set-up a new 46 gallon bowfront. I have a heat problem, however. The heater doesn't heat the far end of the tank. What can I do to fix it? Would a simple powerhead pointed in that direction of the tank make a strong enough current for the whole tank to be heated? The far end of the tank is only 73 degrees, it should be about 81.
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jersysman
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PostPosted: 2005.04.25(Mon)22:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many watts is your heater? I would make sure of that first.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)1:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people prefer to go with two smaller heaters. The idea being that it will heat more of your tank and stop coldspots(put them at either end) and if one breaks at least you have one providing 50% of the heat. I have one heater though and I place the heater diagonally just in front of the filter tube so that heated water is moved across the length of the tank.
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fishfan23
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)7:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't want to have more than one heater because that is something else I have to hide! At least with the powerhead it would be by the other equipment. What size should I put on the tank if it is just for circulation, and not attached to an undergravel filter?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)13:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure you have atleast 3 watts per gallon and place near filter. If you have proper wattage their should be no problem. I have used a single 300 watt heater in a 100 gallon on one side and temp was same 5 feet away on other side. Have similiar set up in 55 gallon.

Sounds like not enough wattage??? Place heater near filter flow also.
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