Urgent help needed Tank too cold???

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  1. TheTurk

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    Hi guys

    So like the title says, my tank is too cold. I had a custom tank done and it came with one 300w heater. My temperature was 21/22C. I asked my lfs where i bought the tank and i was told its very strange but adding another heater might help. I purchased another heather but its only increased my temperature to 23C? I was then told that maybe it was my thermometer, So I got another one of those as well (Both readings were the same) I added one of the heaters to the display tank and its still only 23C. My temp on the heaters are both set to 28C and I'm really not sure what else to do.

    Room temp of water is 14C (Not sure if thats any help?

    My tank is 900X600X450 and has a total of 275 litres including sump.


    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated :)
     
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  3. Dian6430

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    The room temp is playing a big part of it. Also does your tank have a cabinet and hood to keep the heat in?
     
  4. TheTurk

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    @Dian6430 tank has a cabinet but no lid....
     
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    If you don't want to add another heater then you could try using a oil heater in the room with the tank at night. With the idea of raising the rooms ambient temperature.
     
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    Maybe get yourself a stc 1000 controller and hook up your heaters to that. Then you can put your heaters on highest temp and the controller switches them on and off as the temp goes up and down. It works great and @Andre@ReefAquatics can help you out
     
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    What temp is the heater set at?
    Maybe try turning them up a bit, depending on brand they often wrong about what temp they actually set at.
     
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    @459b Heater is set at 28C. A bit scared to set it higher than that because as you know, Cape Town weather can be very strange at times. Don't want to fry anything in the tank..
     
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    What are the watts of the heaters
     
  10. shaun777

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    The room that I have my tank in is about 14 to 15 degrees. I added a second 300W eheim heater and it is on quite a lot. the system is 500 litres and my temp stays at a constant 25 degrees. Two heaters, regardless of the wattage of the second one (even if it's just a 100W), should be enough to heat your 275 litres.
     
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    @butcherman he said they are 300watt
     
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    Add another heater and you'll be fine, you can also get a gas or oil heater to heat up your room, as your room temp. Is low just like mine. I'm running 4 X 300w 24/7 and now and then the gas heater to warm up the room. Check my Web banner and you'll see my room temp. Is at 13.6
     
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    @Dian6430 he never stated the wattage of the second heater. perhaps the second heater is not big enough or the first heater is not functioning correctly, 300w should be sufficient for a 275liter tank
     
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    just watch your ph if you add a gas heater
     
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    @butcherman both heaters are 300w
    @Francois I don't have enough space for a 3rd heater in my sump...
     
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    Then one of then must not be working properly...
     
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    Thats my thinking too! I'm Running 2x300W on a 900litre System. Temp is Controlling between 25.5-26.5 with Room and Cabinet Temp at 14-15!
     
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    Here is a screen shot of my Reef Angel App! Showing my Temp's

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    2 x 300w heaters is what i am running in 500 liters no troubles. One of your heaters is not functioning properly
     
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    @shaunn777 @butcherman @Christo

    Okay will test the one heater in a 20L bucket, should i heat the temp to 26C and add heater in to see if it maintains the temperature or just add cold ro water? how long would i have to leave it running for? Thanks for all the input
     
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    Just add cold tap water into the bucket...shudnt take too long to heat up if its working. But even if u just leave for a couple hours...that way u will be sure as to whether or not its heating up.
     
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