Pilot light on Heater?

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Pilot light on Heater?

Post by BigPlans » Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:35 pm

Hi

It's only just occured to me that the pilot light on the heater in my Zeb tank must be coming on and going off every five minutes and probably seems like a lighthouse in the living room for them.

Anyone else know if this may be a problem or not? Anyone bred with one of these in he tank? (maybe the disco effect gets them in the mood!)

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Post by jerry58 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:48 am

Hi

You will get better results from your heater by fixing condensation lids to your tank if you have not already (glass) and also a hood.
You will be loosing a lot of heat from an open top,I put the transformers (that get warm)from the lights inside the cabinet this helps to heat the pump and not the hood or as in your case the room.As a rule for me I like to know my heater is more off than on but all tanks differ as higher temps for zebs,more agitated water, size of tank,substrate,furnishings,position in the room near heater,draughts from doors or windows all of these will affect the temp of your tank.

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Post by Jo's Zebs » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:51 am

It is always a good idea to use 2 heaters lower wattage so that not to much strain is put on the one heater and the temp will be more stable when keeping tanks at a higher temp, Eheim heaters have quite a low electric consumption and are mega reliable hope this helps.
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Post by TwoTankAmin » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:49 pm

Most heaters have a red light. My understanding is that fish don't see red light.
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Post by BigPlans » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:44 pm

Thanks guys, yep Ive got the condensation covers and am making. A custom hood to blend it with the room

I don't want to sound unnapreciative but I did want to know if the light on the heater would disturb them if it came on at night and I don't think that's been directly answered. Any ideas?

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Post by jerry58 » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:25 pm

Hi
I don't think it will affect them much but if you are worried about it you can put something in front of the light or tape over it but so you can still see part of it,or turn it at an angle to the glass so you can see reflection only and fish can't see it at all,put it horizontally and face light upwards only some ideas as I can't see your heater what it is and where it is positioned in your tank.

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Post by TwoTankAmin » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:38 pm

I thought I had adressed that issue?
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Post by BigPlans » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:34 am

Thanks for all of your comments guys, sorry TTA I didn't spot your note before I asked again.

I've ordered a moonlight kit to see how he's getting on in the tank overall when he's awake, should be interesting.

Having said that, do you think they ever sleep?

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