Aquarium Heating Alternatives

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  1. LCornelius

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    Hi all,

    Except for using traditional heaters to heat our tanks, what other possibilities are there?

    I have been thinking allot about this lately. In my last tank I was running 900w of heaters. I do acknowledge that the tank was standing in a very cold room during the winter.

    So let the creative juices flow on this topic!
     
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    a small version of a heat pump ?
     
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    geothermal?
     
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    this is out there, so don't fall off your chair laughing but i always wondered wether it is possible to use a titanimum flat section/heatsink to connect/dump heat from light ballast or LED's into the aquarium. Obviously in summer the connection would have to be removed.
     
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    what about solar - like with the geysers - for day time heating
     
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    +1 :thumbup:
     
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    okay - somebody explain geothermal please
     
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    Reptile heat mats. :whistling:
     
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    Looks like a cool idea, will have to do research.
     
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    To expensive replacing batteries every 3 - 5 years.
    Heaters really knock batteries!
     
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    Google...

    anyway
     
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    not talking about the batteries - talking about the tubes you see on the roofs. I am thinking you pump your water to a few tubes which will heat up the water. When you reach the desired temp, the pump switches off.

    i have not given this any thought, i just have a solar geyser and it works
     
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    tagging
     
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    I would hate to be living in @RiaanP brain boy there is no break time, no lunchtime and no teatime !! A good use would be to clone his brain and issue all government employees only 1/4 of it !! lol...sorry riaan i could not resist !!
     
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    for my large tank i used geothermal and a gas geyser, most economical
     
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    you try it first :p
     
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    How did you warm salt water in the gas geyser?
     

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