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OfflineTheta
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So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!"
    #1049123 - 11/13/02 01:34 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I'm sure some fish tank heater incubators work well. Mine however wasn't worth shit. I cranked it up as high as it'd go, left it overnight, and it bumped the temp up a whopping 3 degrees over room temp.

Bye bye little fishy tank heater.

Just got me a reptile pad style heater. Initial testing looks promising...


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1049211 - 11/13/02 02:06 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: MicronMagick]
    #1049246 - 11/13/02 02:19 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

The $19 one from petsmart works well, don't have the name off hand.. but it's basically called 100W "Submersible Fishtank Water Heater"


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: f8L]
    #1049500 - 11/13/02 03:42 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

where did you put the heater? just out laying in the chanber?

i have a 7 dollar one from meijers that works perfectly. just get a glass that goes
strait up and down thats at least 8 inches tall.. fill it up and stick that basterd in there..

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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1049521 - 11/13/02 03:48 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I've gone through about 4 heaters in the last year. Three of them were the same brand and all worked well, but one of them sounds just like what you're describing. Oddly enough, its the cheapo $10 ones that worked well...

Be careful with heating pads, they can dry out your jars before you even know what hit 'em.


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: MicronMagick]
    #1049649 - 11/13/02 04:49 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

In reply to:

Simply pull the knob off when it's set full bast and the put it back on like it was on the minium.



Not going to happen with the model I had...


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: BitchCakes]
    #1049658 - 11/13/02 04:57 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Oddly enough, its the cheapo $10 ones that worked well...



You know, at the place I bought my plate type heater I saw some cheapy six dollar aqua heaters.  The "looked" like they'd work better than the twenty dollar one I had but I decided to go with the plate.

I just checked on the now plate heated incubator - holding steady at 80 degrees.  :grin: 


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1049685 - 11/13/02 05:15 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I am having a bit of the opposite problem. My heater is 50 w. but when at the lowest setting it goes to about 90 air temp in the incubator. I have the pf tek for simple minds one (with one container holding water and the caontainer with the jars floating in it) How bad is this for the mycelium. When I am home I can check on it and unplug and usually the water temp will stay where I want it for awhile. Trouble is when I go out. Is it easier to control with the heater in the jar in one container? Should I keep it off... i.e. better on the low side or just try to keep it around 84-86 air temp?


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: thisone]
    #1049692 - 11/13/02 05:22 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

90 is too high. I don't think you want to raise ambiant temp over about 82 degrees. (The colonizing jars produce some heat themselves as well.)

Is your heater adjustable? Maybe you can reclaibrate it to a lower level as described in this thread. If not, you could splice in a rheostat to turn the heat down to the desired level.
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Should I keep it off... i.e. better on the low side or just try to keep it around 84-86 air temp?



Your getting 84-86 degrees with no heater? If so, you don't need the heater.


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1049708 - 11/13/02 05:33 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

nooo ambient temps are usually between 50-60. IT's just that once the water is heated it's stays warm for a bit. What is a rheostat? I have it set at the lowest level. The mycelium is still growing fairly well. Do you think if I can get the temp down to the lower 0's I will see even more pronounced growth. Also do you think it would be easier to contorl temps with the heater in the jar technique?


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: thisone]
    #1049747 - 11/13/02 05:54 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

In reply to:

What is a rheostat?



You know those dial type light switches/dimmers? That's a rheostat. You could splice one in to the power cord of the heater and dial the exact temp you want.

Don't do this if your not totally confident that you have the ability to do it correctly.


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: thisone]
    #1051634 - 11/14/02 05:16 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

I am having a bit of the opposite problem. My heater is 50 w. but when at the lowest setting it goes to about 90 air temp in the incubator.




You're turning the dial the wrong way!  :grin:

Are you saying you're getting 30-40 degrees over room temp with a 50W? 


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1051846 - 11/14/02 09:53 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

hi there!
maybe the surface of the water you heat isn't big enough...
one idea (I didn't test it yet):
take two aqariums: put the tinier one into the big one, then fill the space between with water.Now heat the water and things should be alright.


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Waldarbeiter]
    #1051871 - 11/14/02 10:11 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Hello,

Just from my experience it is worth spending the 30 or so dollars for a 300watt heater never had a problem keeping temp in the 80's for incubation - May want to switch to Walmart Rubbermaid Totes - I have filled the bottom with water and put my heater in and had no problems -

Well good luck - Hope this helps -

:grin: 


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Waldarbeiter]
    #1052154 - 11/14/02 12:39 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

hi there!
maybe the surface of the water you heat isn't big enough...
one idea (I didn't test it yet):
take two aqariums: put the tinier one into the big one, then fill the space between with water.Now heat the water and things should be alright. 



I think this is an excellent point.  Regardless, I don't have to deal with that now...  :grin:


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1052224 - 11/14/02 12:59 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

is it better to have the temp on the high side or the low side? For instance when I have to leave for hours at a day, should I just keep it off and let it get cool in there or keep it on but have it top out at 89-90 sometimes?


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: thisone]
    #1052246 - 11/14/02 01:11 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

better too cold than too hot, imho. temp too high and it kill the mycelium. temp too low and it will just slow it down.

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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Bilge]
    #1052265 - 11/14/02 01:25 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

You don't think I should ahve any worry about the temps being 90. I hav read on other threads that this has happend to people and there has been no problem. 106 kills mycelium right? or is it lower and I'm taking a big risk?


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: Theta]
    #1052347 - 11/14/02 02:03 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

yea screw the aquarium heaters! i've gone through 3 because the second the water goes below the water line, poof. burns out.


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Re: So I says, I says "SCREW THAT FISH TANK HEATER!" [Re: thisone]
    #1052378 - 11/14/02 02:16 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

i'd say 90 is fine but i'd be worried about the additional heat put off by the mycelium. better too cool than too hot, imho.

according to that link i posted, mycelium nears 0 growth at 104 degrees. i believe 106 is death. i'd lower temps if i were you.

i must be lucky. i run my heater with the water below the line all the time and it has worked fine for months.


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