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Got home from bris today and its cold! my 6ft tested 20oC so time for heaters to go in (all 4 of them). I keep my tanks at 22oC over winter to save on electricity. what do others keep their tanks at during winter, I might keep my 5ft a little warmer like 24oC as it has fish I'm growing up for future breeding.

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Cold this morning in Brisbane too!!

My discus tank stays at around 29 all year round - even without heating in summer.  The others I set at 24.  In summer, the others usual get up to 27 (no heaters).

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i decided to go 24 on all tanks this year. my jungle perch and tandanus didn't eat last night, maybe due to temp so I thought id go 24.

of course i had to have a dud heater among the bunch i kinda remembered there was on from last year.

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well i had a heater goin and found out it was electrocuting the water when i went to feed them, strangely and thankful that none of the fish died.

 

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Cold in the Blue Mountains as well, lucky I am down on the lower mountains as up top got to 3 or something  silly like that, for me the low has been 5 I think 

I run heaters all year round, tanks between 24-27, never really bothered trying to tweak them to perfection lol. I set the heater and it is what it is, I check the temp every week or so to make sure the heaters are working but always keeping a watchful eye for the red or orange glow of the LED indicator 

I figure it costs bugga all if the heater doesn't need to kick in when its warmer weather, the element I assume is the bigger running cost than a thermostat so no big deal

 

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I have 2 setups that run sumps, my 6ft system (6'x2.5'x2' & 2x 2'x1'x15" plus 4x18"x18 sump) has a 200w & a 300w heater and both set at 28*C (from memory haha). during the coldest day in winter (-5* in ipswich), my tanks stayed around the 22*C mark. I use to add a Jager 300w (the 2ft long jobbies) heater to boost the temps up in winter (removed once winter was over) until i put the 200w heater in the sump.

My 4ft setup, has a 250w heater set at 28*C, it was only setup with the sump in September last year, so will see how it goes this winter :-) 

Edit: my heaters stay in and on all year round, they only come on when needed. 

Some #tankporn for you all ;-)

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Most heat is lost through the top of the tank so make sure you have full cover lids. One of my sheds is not room heated so I put sheets of 15mm polystyrene on top of the glass lids and throw a plastic sheet over the whole rack. I see lots of condensation and the air feels warm underneath so I am sure it works. At least that's what I tell myself. I get scary power bills.

You can use a light beam thermometer gun if you want to find heat leakages on tanks or fish rooms. Good for annoying the neighbours cats too.

 

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20 hours ago, danfishy84 said:

I keep my cables to a minimum and just heat my fish room, it's a nice 24.

If I could fit a bed in I would go the Troy McClure route. :D 

The best thing I did was install a toilet in my furthest fish shed. No walls, I am usually there alone so it always attracts comments  when I get a visitor.

You don't really need a bed. I crash out inside an empty 8 foot tank if I am in the shed through the night.

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4 hours ago, aquaholic99 said:

The best thing I did was install a toilet in my furthest fish shed. No walls, I am usually there alone so it always attracts comments  when I get a visitor.

You don't really need a bed. I crash out inside an empty 8 foot tank if I am in the shed through the night.

A toilet in or near my fish room would be a game changer. Tell your visitors it's a "designer" betta bowl.

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I off my tanks last week was at 27 and the other morning I was on 23 so I might think about turning the heater on 

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The Billabong has just dropped to 23degC.

Anybody want to swap a few Jager or Eheim heaters for what I might need in the Billabong?

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Grover

 

PS: 13.5kW might be overkill - I think I'll look at 8-10kW ones.... $$$$$

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I would upsize, especially if you are using solar electricity during the day.  The three things I looked for were:

* Titanium heat exchanger

* Quiet to run

* C.O.P. (energy conversion ). 

* Thermostat. 

* Easy to use/set. 

* Long warranty.

Okay that's more than 3 but those were the most important to me. 

The latest EvoHeat has 16.28 C.O.P. So 1 kilowatt energy produces 16.28 kilowatts of heat !! And they are in Brisbane so onsite support is easy. They sometimes have slightly dented stock with full warranty. Unfortunately I bought last year so I only have 6.57 C.O.P. but it's working well. 

It's highly recommended to filter before heat pump. And a monthly flush with chlorine to remove bio film build up. So stick in a 3 way tap arrangement when plumbing up. 

 

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You can definitely see the appetites drop off when the cooler weather kicks in but I try to run mine like I'm in the Amazon :dance:and aim for about 26... I'm happy if tanks are 22+ because I know every one has seen days like that but do find the warmer temps keep the youngsters energetic and growing well and keeps the vibe just right for the ones I want to get a little heated in other ways :eyebrows:

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