Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old 21-09-2003, 04:43 PM
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

Hi. I've started buying all the needed supplies for setting up a 70g
planted aquarium. The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these? I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?

If you think they are needed, do you recommend any in particular?

Thanks in advance.

  #2   Report Post  
Old 22-09-2003, 03:12 AM
Robert Flory
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

NO

Bob
wrote in message
...
Hi. I've started buying all the needed supplies for setting up a 70g
planted aquarium. The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these? I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?

If you think they are needed, do you recommend any in particular?

Thanks in advance.



  #3   Report Post  
Old 22-09-2003, 03:17 AM
Robert Flory
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

NO

Bob
wrote in message
...
Hi. I've started buying all the needed supplies for setting up a 70g
planted aquarium. The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these? I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?

If you think they are needed, do you recommend any in particular?

Thanks in advance.



  #5   Report Post  
Old 22-09-2003, 04:55 AM
Eric Schreiber
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

wrote:

The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these?


Not at all.


--
www.ericschreiber.com


  #6   Report Post  
Old 23-09-2003, 12:27 AM
Kirt Kraeuter
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?


wrote in message
...
Hi. I've started buying all the needed supplies for setting up a 70g
planted aquarium. The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these? I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?

If you think they are needed, do you recommend any in particular?

Thanks in advance.


Nope. I run a 125 plant tank and spent my money on CO2 and lights. See how
that works for you first -- with good substrate.

Kirt


  #8   Report Post  
Old 26-09-2003, 05:33 PM
Blarneytoad
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 11:43:18 -0700, Dave Millman
wrote:

wrote:

I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?


The most enthusiastic fans of heating cables seem to live in cold
climates or high altitudes. The vast majority of us don't use them. In
your climate, you certainly don't need them.


Right. I live in upstate ny and I have them in my tank. For cold
climates I recommend them but I'd also recommend that you put
them on a timer and alternate the on/off cycle. I feel this helps
establish more movement of water in the substate.
  #9   Report Post  
Old 28-09-2003, 06:42 AM
Bruce Geist
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

I put in a heating cable when I initially set up my 135 gallon. It was
nothing but trouble. It worked for about the first three weeks, then it
failed. I should have broken my tank down right then and gotten my money
back (the thing was not cheap), but I did not want to break down the tank
after putting so much effort into set up. In those first few weeks that the
cables worked, I found that the combination of lighting and heating cables
was going to necessitate some sort of additional cooling (and I live in
Michigan..). So, in a way I am glad the darn things failed. Since initially
setting up my tank several years ago, I have found that a planted tank can
do very well with good lighting, CO2, Fluorite substrate and weekly
maintenance and monitoring of nutrients. In fact, I have been slowly
removing the cable by cutting it up the heating cable with scissors.
Portions of it tend to surface during plant moving and trimming sessions,
and once up, they are very difficult to place back in their proper position.

My message: don't use heating cables. I doubt they help your plants, and
they are very inconvenient to use.

-Bruce

http://www.wideopenwest.com/~brucegeist


wrote in message
...
Hi. I've started buying all the needed supplies for setting up a 70g
planted aquarium. The only item I have not yet decided on is heating
cables for the substrate. Do I really need these? I've bought
flourite for a substrate, live in central FL, the house temperature
hovers around 78-81 in the summer but in the winter we open the
windows a lot so the temperature might be more in the low-mid
seventies. Will the cables be effective at these temperatures?

If you think they are needed, do you recommend any in particular?

Thanks in advance.



  #10   Report Post  
Old 28-09-2003, 07:43 PM
[email protected]
 
Posts: n/a
Default Do I need substrate heating cables?

On Sun, 28 Sep 2003 00:39:35 -0400, "Bruce Geist"
wrote:

I put in a heating cable when I initially set up my 135 gallon. It was
nothing but trouble. ....

My message: don't use heating cables. I doubt they help your plants, and
they are very inconvenient to use.


Thanks Bruce. I've gotten quite a few responses, all of them saying
"don't get heating cables". I think I will spend my money on a pH
controller, which I wasn't going to get if I had to get the cables.

Thanks to all that replied.

Frankie


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Substrate heater cables and Onyx Sand Fallout Freshwater Aquaria Plants 5 31-10-2005 08:38 PM
soil heating cables for winter use/heating a greenhouse Amber Ormerod United Kingdom 14 08-08-2004 07:36 AM
Substrate heating Skunky Freshwater Aquaria Plants 23 17-07-2003 09:45 PM
substrate heating.. BruceKGeist Freshwater Aquaria Plants 5 20-04-2003 07:11 AM
Substrate heating coils BruceKGeist Freshwater Aquaria Plants 2 20-04-2003 07:08 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2020 GardenBanter.co.uk.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about Gardening"

 

Copyright © 2017