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OfflineEkuenchuocha
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stupid underwater heater!!
    #1310210 - 02/15/03 05:49 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

How do u turn the knob on a fully submerible aquarium heater? it is one of those rubber things. i keep trying to turn it and the pilot light wont go on! im only at about 45 degrees farenhight, and i already inooculated 6 jars. its name is THERMAL COMPACT SUBMERSIBLE AQUARIUM HEATER. There is no brand name on it. can someone w/ experience pls help me, give me some tips on how to turn it? thanks.


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310216 - 02/15/03 05:54 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Got a picture?


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1310227 - 02/15/03 05:58 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

yea, give me a min, i will look for the pic on the net, or dig up my digi cam

the pic is at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2308184625&category=20758


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310295 - 02/15/03 06:44 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

you dont really turn the knob, just twist lightly in the direction you want it to go, let go, and repeat... the knob returns to its orignal location, but the temperature goes up. If the pilot lite isnt coming on, you may have a bunk heater. Try droping it in some really cold water so that the light should come on no matter what. If you twisted the knob too hard, it may have broken (happened to afoaf, same brand)


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: JssMthrFcknChrst]
    #1310310 - 02/15/03 06:58 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

crap!, that thing was 21 dollars. i cant keep dropping it in cold water to make it heat up, im gone around 9 hours a day.. i will try and exchange it. but that will take awhile :frown:


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: JssMthrFcknChrst]
    #1310317 - 02/15/03 07:04 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I think most problems with submersible heaters is not having enough water.

A heater that is set to 86 degrees will only heat the water to 86 degrees. More water = more heat.

The higher you turn it, the less water you will need, so I would set the temp to maximum, then adust the volume of water/size of container.


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1310320 - 02/15/03 07:08 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

it just stays at 49 degrees. it does not go any higher. and i do not know how to make it go to the max temp. i shut it off, and i will put it in a glass jar filled w/ water vertically. then i will leave it alone over night and see what happens. do u know any other way to get something to 86 degrees? other than an underwater heater?

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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310327 - 02/15/03 07:13 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Try using a gallon milk jug instead of a glass jar.


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310376 - 02/15/03 07:40 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

spin the knob the other way..


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1310393 - 02/15/03 07:46 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)


i was going to try that but i was afraid it would melt the plastic. :shocked: 


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: felix]
    #1310672 - 02/15/03 10:49 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

yea, i spinned the knob both ways, wont work. i ungplugged it, waited thirt minutes, put it in coldish water, wated 10min, put it in the original water, waited thirty minutes, plugged it in and now it is at 50 degrees... all i need is 32 more.. dammit

i put the jars in, they are inside a plastic container, and then i put a heavy blanket over it to keep the heat in. do u think they will be ok? its going to be awhile till i can return the heater, and/or get a new one.

is there anything else i can do to boost the heat? or a different heat source for incubation?

thanks


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310748 - 02/15/03 11:46 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

go to the store and get a another one. yours is broke. a 50 watter would be good enough


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Re: stupid underwater heater!! [Re: Ekuenchuocha]
    #1310803 - 02/16/03 01:08 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

yea, i spinned the knob both ways, wont work. i ungplugged it, waited thirt minutes, put it in coldish water, wated 10min, put it in the original water, waited thirty minutes, plugged it in and now it is at 50 degrees... all i need is 32 more.. dammit

i put the jars in, they are inside a plastic container, and then i put a heavy blanket over it to keep the heat in. do u think they will be ok? its going to be awhile till i can return the heater, and/or get a new one.

is there anything else i can do to boost the heat? or a different heat source for incubation?

thanks




IF you are using a tub sitting inside another tub that has water in it, then you might* be able to use a heat pad. Put the heat pad UNDER the bottom tub (Leave the water in the tub) and set it on low. Put your thermometer into the top tub and keep checking it every 20 minutes or so to make sure it isnt getting too hot. Heat pads are a bit unstable and the temps fluctuate, so thats why they are not used very much, however by using it UNDER the bottom tub, and having water in the tub will help dissapate the heat.

But otherwise, relax. Unless the temps drop way down, your jars arnt really going to suffer much. Too cold is better then too hot. Colder temps mean they wont germinate and colonize as quickly, but unless they freeze then they wont be harmed. (And even then it is questionable)

Dont freak out, at this point it is just a waiting and patients game, so be cool...not hot, and dont do anything too drastic untill you can get a decent heat source.

Also, I hope you are singing to your jars.


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