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Old 12-01-2006, 5:30 PM   #1
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well I appreciated the support

but another failure has sealed the deal. you all convinced me to try once more. but now I just feel ridiculous.

youd think 40$ for a heater would buy you some sort of quality, but my hager heater fried my tank up to 95degrees today; a whole month after purchasing it. all corals are dead, cant find 1 of the 2 fish, snails are falling off the glass; its putting out a nasty odor. safe to say everything is dead or will be. the corals are all 100% gone. clam is closed. 250$ in confirmed deaths, only thing left is the clownfish, somehow I think this will be his last straw.

2 years and almost 2500$ on a 75g tank and Ive never had a single rewarding moment. safe to say the biggest waste of money Ive ever had.

just venting for now. Ill post up whatevers for sale later when I get it drained and all. I think the liverock is too disgusting to even bother selling. probably just have the MH's and skimmer salvagable.

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Old 12-01-2006, 5:55 PM   #2
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you should have bought a stealth heater. they automatically turn off when out of the water. i feel you pain it happend to me to but thankfully i cought it before it kille dmuch i think i only lost one coral my alveopora. it was at 90 degrees.

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Old 12-01-2006, 6:54 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear you have had yet another setback...

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I really feel for you.

that you've encountered so many setbacks.

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Old 12-01-2006, 11:02 PM   #5
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I hate that you keep having these setbacks and I wish you could have enjoyed this hobby the same way most of us have.

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Old 12-02-2006, 4:00 PM   #7
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you should have bought a stealth heater. they automatically turn off when out of the water. i feel you pain it happend to me to but thankfully i cought it before it kille dmuch i think i only lost one coral my alveopora. it was at 90 degrees.

sorry, I was incorrect on the brand. it was a Jager heater, not hagen. and it was supposed to have an auto shutoff if it was out of the water.

but I guess if it fails, all bets are off.

maybe in a few years Ill start all over.

if I even quit.

I need to, but 2 fish are still in there it seems. though the lawnmower blenny looks to be turning green... perhaps I managed to grow algea on him(its everywhere else, why not him?) and the clown fish is swimming around.

I have nothing to do with these poor guys.

all this maintnence and electricity is in no way worth 2 fish though.

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Old 12-02-2006, 4:07 PM   #8
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Did any of the coral make it?

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Old 12-02-2006, 7:43 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about another setback. Heaters scare me from time to time b/c of the fear that they will fail ON!

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Old 12-03-2006, 12:17 PM   #10
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the clam is still alive.

there were only 2 corals kicking before since the tank was only marginally capable of supporting life anyway, both are gone now.

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Old 12-03-2006, 4:53 PM   #11
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FWIW I use 2 smaller heaters in my tank. That way if one fails it can not cause much damage very quickly.

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Old 12-04-2006, 1:11 PM   #12
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So sorry for the loss. A couple things for others to avoid this in the future.

1) Use 2 or three heaters instead of one. Going with 3 100W heaters is a lot safer then 1 300W heater. It will take much longer and possible never would cook the tank with only one stuck.

2) If you can at all afford it get some kind of controller. Ranco makes one for a reasonable amount, obviously the ones built into aquacontrollers, etc. are really nice

3) Change them out every year. I do it no matter what. Sell the used ones for half price. It's a very small $ investment for the peice of mind.

I also fried a 20G many many moons ago.

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:36 PM   #13
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sorry to hear about all your setbacks... hopefully you wont have to quit, but if you do let me know about those MH's

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