Heater or heater for aquarium
For the normal functioning of the ecosystem of the aquarium it is necessary to maintain a uniform temperature. For this, aquarium heaters are used in aquariums, which are especially needed in tropical aquariums.
Too often, an aquarium heater seems like a simple and inexpensive device. Although it should be considered as an important piece of equipment, the same as a filter that is necessary for the life of your aquarium.
One of the most effective and popular types of aquarists is – immersion heater.
Aquarium heater is a device used in the aquarium – to heat the water in the aquarium. Most tropical freshwater and saltwater aquariums are operated at temperatures ranging from 22-30 ° C.
Please note that even if the room where the aquarium is installed is warm, as a rule, an aquarium heater is still required. This is because the aquarium water should not just be warm, the temperature in it should also be as stable as possible.
Modern aquarium heaters contain not only a heating element, but also a thermostat. Purchasing a heater without a temperature regulator will save a penny, but it will result in great difficulties, as it will be difficult to control overheating of the water or too much lowering the temperature, which is dangerous for fish and plants.
There are several types of heaters:
1.1. Glass – The case of a high-quality heater is shock-resistant, heat-resistant and is closed with an airtight cover.
It houses a temperature controller – a thermostat. The heater is turned on and off automatically, maintaining the water temperature set by the controller.
1.2. Plastic – compact aquarium heater are the most technically advanced, made of shatter-proof plastic has a flat shape with an LED alarm system and an electronic thermostat.
1.3. Submersible with a thermostat outside the aquarium – titanium the heater is fully immersed, the compact heater is made of durable titanium, suitable for both fresh and saltwater aquariums, combines the best technology to date – allows you to adjust the temperature without wetting your hands.
The best choice for large aquariums and aquariums with large fish or turtles, also, if temperature control accuracy is particularly important in combination with durability, especially in saltwater aquariums or in aquariums with discus.
1.4. Submersible mini heaters – Very small for nano-aquariums, the flat design allows you to place the device under the ground or along the glass, it is easy to hide in a small aquarium.
Most work without a thermostat.
2 Flow through mainly for external filters – a compact aquarium heater that works outside, leaving more space in the aquarium. It is installed vertically in the filter return hose, which provides better heat distribution, and water returns to the aquarium.
Durable plastic housing protects the internal parts.
3 Heating cables for an aquarium – borrowed from terrarium. Provide uniform distribution of heat over the entire area of the substrate. The cable is laid in a zigzag manner along the bottom of the aquarium and heats the soil, it is attached with suction cups.
Designed for use below your substrate. It creates a weak circulation of water in the soil, thus repeating the natural effect of the aquifer, which helps bring nutrients down to the roots of plants, which has a positive effect on their growth.
Popular in densely planted aquariums.
four. Heating mats, which can be placed under the aquarium – provide uniform heat dissipation.
Manufacturers produce heaters of various capacities, which are selected depending on the size of the aquarium. In very large aquariums you need to place several devices, preferably in different places, for uniform heating of the water.
This has the added advantage that if one of the heaters fails, the other will be able to maintain the temperature.
The glass heaters now being produced are waterproof and accidental immersion in water will not damage the device, but it is better to install the device so that the cover is above the water. Due to constant temperature fluctuations, the tightness of the cap weakens with time, and water droplets get inside. A small amount of steam penetrated into the heater is not a malfunction, but the ingress of a large amount of moisture can lead to disruptions in the heater, it will cease to turn off in a timely manner, which will lead to overheating of the fish dangerous to life.
The problem of depressurization is relevant for powerful devices designed for large aquariums, as they withstand large temperature drops.
The device is a submersible glass heater and a protective cover.
The heater installed in an aquarium warms up the upper water layer better; however, the temperature difference at the bottom and on the surface of the water is natural for many plants and fish, because the temperature varies in natural water bodies in different water masses. In addition, equipping the aquarium with a filter that mixes the water evenly makes it easy to solve the problem of temperature difference.
The power of the heater should be equal to or slightly greater than the volume of the aquarium in liters – approximately 1 watt per 1 liter.
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