The life of an aquarium is a true perfect balance. One in which the pH, the temperature, and even the plants are fundamental to allow our small marine ecosystem to live and grow as it would in Nature. For that reason, today we are going to review one of the fundamental elements when we have hot water fish: the thermometers. An essential to maintain our aquatic habitat with a constant temperature.
Because that is, precisely, its purpose: to avoid that there are oscillations of temperature in the water that can give us a good displeasure. Keep in mind that, as time passes, the natural temperature of the water that we include in our aquarium will gradually cool down. And, to prevent this from happening and having an impact on the lives of both our hot water fish and plants, it is important to have a thermo-heater.
But which is the most suitable for each aquarium?
CHOOSE A THERMOELEMENT
A thermo-heater is designed for a certain amount of cubic meters of water. Thus, we should never choose one that warms below the liters of our aquarium or above. Fundamentally, because in this election its correct (or not) functioning is based. Although it is best to ask any of our pet companions, the trick to choosing a thermometer properly is to be clear that you need at least 1 Watt per liter of water. Thus, for a 60-liter aquarium, we will need at least one 60-Watt thermo-heater.
Also, it is important always to choose a thermo-heater that has a thermostat. Keep in mind that the function of this element in the aquarium is precise to avoid abrupt temperature swings. A factor that is decisive for the health of our fish and that will not only avoid many diseases (produced both by overheating and cooling) but also death. Hence, the fact of having a thermostat will allow us to control at all times what the actual water temperature is and, depending on this guide, adjust it in case something is not working correctly.
Added, thanks to this thermostat we can adjust the necessary temperature according to the type of fish we have and their specific needs.
IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS FOR THE AQUARIUM
Since it is an electrical part and with a very defined purpose, it is important that the thermometer is completely submerged. In this way, not only
We will avoid that the device can be damaged but also any incident with our fish. Also, and since it is a hot piece, it is important not to try to remove it from the water on or freshly turned off since we run the risk of burning ourselves.
We will always have to wait (from the moment we unplug it until we get it out of the aquarium) and, also, we must remember not to have it turned on if it is not submerged in water.
If you want to know the thermometers that we have at your disposal, enter our section here: Therm heaters for aquarium
The heater is the element that allows us to heat the water in our aquarium and keep it at a more or less constant temperature.
Although it is an almost essential device, little is said about it, and sometimes there are small details to be taken into account for its selection and proper handling, as well as to avoid problems derived from its use.
Variables to consider:
The room temperature:
It directly affects the temperature of the aquarium, in areas of constant temperature throughout the year it is easier to determine the range of work. In areas with cold winters or night and warm summers or hot days, this can be a handicap.
The completion of the aquarium:
If we have high lighting (e.g.: planted) can increase the water temperature considerably, sometimes even being necessary to cool instead of heat.
Dimensions of the urn:
The size of the box and where we are going to place it is important since the height of the heater for the same watts is different according to brands, and we can agree on one or the other.
The volume of the aquarium:
If the aquarium is of big dimensions, the approach would be of which a number of heaters to put to distribute the heat through the aquarium.
What can we find in the market:
Heater: only heats do not control the temperature, for this, you need a separate thermostat.
Thermometer: heater with thermostat included. The most used, the one of all life.
Heating cable: the cable that is placed under the substrate to heat also needs the external thermostat.
Thermostats: is what makes when we have the desired temperature, disconnect the heater and when it comes down, turn it on again.
External heaters: they are usually placed between the filter and the aquarium and heat the water they pass.
Filters with built-in heater: heat the water as it passes through the filter.
In materials other than glass, the most expensive titanium are marketed but without risk of breakage due to sudden changes in temperature. Although it seems that the latest models of glass have a safety system for dry operation.
Many people use two heaters with a small temperature variation in case one breaks the other.
It can also happen that before a break instead of not working, it stays running continuously, so the problem is that it is fat. This is solved with an external temperature probe that cuts off the electrical supply at a certain temperature. Or, like almost everyone, we hope that this does not happen or we realize it in time.
When making water changes or going to take out to clean the heater, turn it off a little before to cool down. It can break or more than burn our hands.
Take advantage of the filter current so that the heat is evenly distributed.
The hot water tends to go to the surface so if the lower area is heated; it is better used.
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