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OfflineSammy
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My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions??
    #4076220 - 04/20/05 10:43 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Okay so I got a decent sized rubbermade container. Big enough to fit about 12-15, 1QT jars standing up. I've got a 20 gallon heater cranked the fuck all the way up.. a towell over the incubator.. and the temp is still right around room temp. WTF is going on here??? There is no way that there is more than 20 gallons of water in the bottom tub.

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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4076225 - 04/20/05 10:48 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Are you sure the heater is working?
How long have you ran the heater?
Is the TIT sitting on a cold floor?
Sounds like you should have used a bigger watt heater.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: agar]
    #4076244 - 04/20/05 10:56 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The heater seems to be working. I've only used it once before. When I turn it on.. it gets pretty friggin hot. I believe it's a Tetra 20 or 25 gallon water heater. The thing cost me about 25$ from wallyworld. The TiT is set on the ground.. but it's carpeted, and the ground isn't very cold at all. Would it be advisable to move the TiT up a few inches anyway?? The heater has been running for about 3 days now.

I'm thinking about making a heatbomb. This meathod seems much better.. less confusing.. and you don't have gallons and gallons of water that you need to watch for contams.. too.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4076252 - 04/20/05 10:58 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

i would return the the heater i went through three befor i found a real one go to a pet store get a hydor or won brothers or ebo jagger my heater is set at 88* and it gets the inside of the tit 85


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: agar]
    #4076257 - 04/20/05 10:59 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

"it gets pretty frickin hot"
you didn't turn it on outside the water did you?

it is my personal oppinion that glass sucks, too.

especially when there is a constant load on them.
i made the mistake of getting a low wattage one, and it was constantly running in attempt to even keep the temp above the room's ambient.

got a larger watt one, and then-
they both crapped out in the same week:pottymouth:
the "Lifetime Warranty" was only valid if the problem was a defect or manufacturing problem.:whatever:

so then i got a 200 w guardian.
i imagine i'll not buy another one, ever.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: onetime]
    #4076259 - 04/20/05 11:00 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Shatty.. I think i'm gonna wait on Agars response on this one. I bet he'll say the same crap. Damned Tetra walmart crap.

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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4076260 - 04/20/05 11:00 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Sounds like it should be working FINE. You might want to Place several pieces of cardboard under the TIT, to insulate it. That may help.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: agar]
    #4076264 - 04/20/05 11:03 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

HuH.. i'll check out all those variables. Just when you think everything is going fine.. something goes down the shitter.

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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: PJDIDDLE]
    #4076389 - 04/20/05 11:55 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

You can check if it is working by touching it when it is full submerged. Never turn it on unless it is in water. It may be broken, I am on my 4th at the moment.
Aq heaters have thermostats built in which (most) heat pads do not.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4076462 - 04/20/05 12:16 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

I have a Tetra 100W and it's working fine :thumbup:.... as Agar said insulate it better :smirk:.
Find a bigger box put crumpled up newspaper in the bottom, put the TIT on, then add more crumpled up newspaper on the sides. This way you'll have less loss of temperature and fewer costs in electricity.

For the amount of money you've spend (near 25$), you may think buying for example a Titanium Heater if you find them near or in your country


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: bOemius]
    #4076504 - 04/20/05 12:30 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

maybe the towel doesnt insulate so well, either.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: MushroomFriend]
    #4076832 - 04/20/05 01:57 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Insulation is key:
50W Tetra(5-15 gal) from wally


It's in a styrofoam cooler nested in another styrofoam cooler. It's only set at about 25-30% capacity and the water stays right at 84F.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: fufungi]
    #4076917 - 04/20/05 02:16 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

thats the same heater i have. it works perfect, i couldnt ask for a better one. it was only like $15 too. i have 2 plastic sterilite bins with one of those mexican blankets wraped around it and a towel on top. i only have to turn the knob like half way. it well insulated,most of the time the heaters not even on and i get a constant 85 temp.


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4077297 - 04/20/05 04:13 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

also what IS ur room temperature?


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Re: My TiT sucks! Any sugguestions?? [Re: Sammy]
    #4077304 - 04/20/05 04:16 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Empty the water and fill with 90 degree water. Monitor the drop in temperature and tell me what happens. I do this as a diagnostic soemtimes for the first few that I built. Also, if you can put your incubator inside of something else, you should be doing good. Build a wooden box, line with black plastic, and keep it in there. Place a black plastic sheet over your incubator and see if any condensation results.


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