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Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Heaters
  

John

Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 06:41 pm
I have a 20 gal long. I just purchased an Ebo Jager 100 watt heater. It is a bit too long for my 12 in. deep tank. Is it okay if I just pull it up so it doesn't touch the gravel. Only about an inch of the glass tube is in contact with air.

  

Pandora

Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 10:23 pm
Ebo-Jagers are great heaters! In my opinion, the best made ones around. I think they are all submersible though, and you should really keep it fully submersed, how it was built to be used, because I believe the thermostat (part that senses the temperature and sends this signal to the lower part with the coil to actually heat up the water) is on the top half of the heater. Why not just have the heater on a slant? I usually do this with long heaters in tanks where they don't fit fully in the vertical position. And you are correct, you should keep the bottom (coil part) of the heater from touching anything solid, as this prevents good convection of heated water.

  

jeff s

Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 11:26 am
john I use ebo-jagar heaters in all my tanks..hell you can be the tar out of these heaters and they will work..I have had them so far out of the water with just the coils submerged with no problems..try that with some others and see what happens...however 100 watts heater is a bit of an over kill for your little 20 gal..the less watt heaters are a bit shorter for what you need but don't fret over it..

  

John

Friday, January 25, 2002 - 08:12 am
Thanks Jeff. I sometimes keep the heat down in my apartment t0 about 65 deg. I figured I might need the extra watts.

  

Pandora

Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 10:38 am
This is going to be one of those rare times I'll have to disagree with Jeff =) As I said, EJ's are entirely submersible, are they not? If they are submersible, they should be kept so, there is a "minimum water level" line on all my EJ's, and this is there for a reason (stated before about the thermostat...otherwise it's sensing the room air temperature and trying to adjust for that). Contrary to popular belief, EJ's can break if not used right... they are durable heaters, but I've had one overhead and not be able to reset because it was half out of water (accidental, it was heating a bucket of distilled water that was leaking). I would not chance it, it does void the warranty.

  

Pandora

Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 10:39 am
overhead = overheat

  

jeff s

Saturday, January 26, 2002 - 12:56 pm
hey pandora not a problem.. .I have maybe had way too much luck with them then cause gosh I have had them way high out of the water without incident..luck maybe..they do shut down themselves when the sensor indicates overheating or low/no water water..but I do not think that is if he just raises the heater a bit of the bottom or as you said place on an angle it will not be a problem....but hey as I said maybe I am just lucky..

  

Pandora

Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 10:18 am
jeff hehe, yes, before that happened, I also treated my EJ's like they were entirely unbreakable, and for all intents and purposes, they almost are! Great heaters, I wouldn't trade one in for anything (except maybe a titanium heater! Anyone wanna donate one to my reef cause?) =D

 

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