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shaunwcl 24-04-2013 02:55 AM

I cooked my own fishes
Before I start my story, I would like to warn all hobbyist against buying 2nd hand / used tank heaters. Becos of this, all fishes in my 4ft tank were wiped out.

Live stocks :
- 3 x 18" SDF full cross XB
- 1 x 14" 24/7 Stable Clean 3bar IT

Here it goes:
Recently I bought two 300W tank heaters to standby for my tank. Never used heaters in my entire time of fish keeping. Have always read in forum bout setting heaters to 30 or 32 degrees together with medication will heal fishes with certain sickness effectively. Therefore decided to buy n standby. Soon after, due to some coincident, I have traded for n taken over a piece of very nice 3bar clean IT with a bro. However this IT has swollen eyes on one side fully clouded. Started with only mild salt n yellow powder treatment, the improvement is not significant after 1 week. I decided to try the heater together with epson salt. This morning, I put in the heater, set to 30degrees, put in 500g of Petfran Epsom salt n left home for work. When I reached home, I noticed all my fishes inside were floating lifelessly. First thing that came to my mind was to feel the tank. As to my expectation, the tank felt hot. I quickly climb over n put my hand into the water. Indeed the water was hot. This concludes tat the heater was spoilt n heats up to a temperature that eventually killed my fishes.

I cooked my own fishes for the first time!!!

Look at how they are swimming before it all happens.

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fishy 24-04-2013 03:19 AM

Deepest condolences. ..
It happened to me as well
100W heater china brand
Set 30C into my 3ft tank
Only 2hours, my discus are floating
Then use a thermometer to check, it show 37C
Shock to the max....

Eric_tan60 24-04-2013 10:48 AM

May ur fishes rip bro

sgslic 24-04-2013 10:57 AM

Feel ur pain bro...happened to me once also.
Got my brand new "atas" brand heater from LFS somemore..........
Discus was all floating when I came back from work...almost made me quit fish keeping...

khchan 24-04-2013 11:02 AM

Oh no. My sincere condolence.

marshy 24-04-2013 11:02 AM

If you have a need to use heater.
No matter how atas the brand, never ever rely on the builtin thermostat.
Always have a separate in-water thermometer to measure and set your heater accordingly.

suni 24-04-2013 11:06 AM

This morning, I put in the heater, set to 30degrees, put in 500g of Petfran Epsom salt n left home for work.

Shouldn't it be 500g aquarium salt :confused:

Bigfoot1989 24-04-2013 11:14 AM

Rip. last week I set my heater to 30 to Cure white spot and next day it hit 35. Two of my l201 got burn. And I quickly off it. Thanks God mine didn't die. I dare not use heater anymore.

mictok 24-04-2013 11:31 AM

I have my fair share of defective heater,now only use it when i am around.

fireblade 24-04-2013 11:36 AM

deepest condolence... feel your heart ache...
btw, I think to set heater to 30 degrees, might as well add one or 2 more tubes of light on top...
my 2 feet planted tank without fan or chiller temperature is about 30 to 31 degrees. with 2 55W pl light shining on top.

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