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mcman";p="4583 wrote:
any of them could screw up and cook you fish, they're not grounded so i don't think they can get electrocuted. is it not cold where frontosa are taken from, so why do you need a heater.


though frontosa are a deep water species, in lake tanganyika the temperature at depth is only slightly cooler.
so the water at depth is still nearly as warm as the surface, so for most parts of this country a heater is needed.


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I don't use any heaters in any of my tanks, I use a vent free heater and heat the room. When I did use heaters I used visi therm.

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so at what temp. do you keep your fronts at mine are at 74-76 degrees. i use jager elite visa therm and others. they have all broke.

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I set my heaters to 75F

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I try to keep the temp around 77 - 78.


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ya set a heater at a temp. and it's usually out a few degrees lots of thermometers and keep adjusting. it would be nice to have a sump, wet/dry system, and one big heater. oh ya i also read that the lake at the surface is from 76 to 82 and at lower levels it is a constant 70 degrees.

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ya set a heater at a temp. and it's usually out a few degrees lots of thermometers and keep adjusting. it would be nice to have a sump, wet/dry system, and one big heater. oh ya i also read that the lake at the surface is from 76 to 82 and at lower levels it is a constant 70 degrees.


Hmmm so I can drop my temp lower then 75 hmmmm.... Constant 70F interesting... wish there was some way to get confirmation on this.

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i read it on cichlid-forum.com didn't read the whole article, maybe it says where it came from.. the article is the lakes of east africa in the african cichlids section. there are many more, but it didn't say where the info came from. another article says a 5 degree differents and another says only a couple.

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What I am interested in is the reading of the temperature at different times of the year at the differenet locations and depths the frontosa like... for example off Cape Mpimbwe for Mpimbwe..... Were Moba are collected etc.

That way I could reproduce or find an average temp for my central system they woudl all be happy with that is al low as possible since my system in in the basment and its cool there. I set my Ranco controllers to 75F and a 1 Degree F range so they go from 74-75F.. pretty stable for them and the titainium heaters seam to use less electricity then the glass jagers to heat the same tank setup (Hydro bill fell after going to them).

But my fish do not mind going down to 70F when I do water changes (in addition to my drip water change system) in fact it seams to induce spawns (gota fill up after gravel vacuming).

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what they are all saying also i think, is it's a constant temp. so it don't matter a lot what the temp is in that 5 degree area. just try to keep it at that. hey but if they breed at lower temps that is good to know.

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Yup they are deep water fish and most of us that have them spawning in our tanks keep them at the 74-78 mark.


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I use 2-250 watt ebo's controlled by Ranco temperature controller,don't need to worry about the inexpensive thermostat's in the heater.I have been fortunate when it comes my fish banging them.

Also a benefit to using an outside controller is in a longer tank like my 8 footer you can get both heaters to go on together, keeping the tank temps the same,where before they would go on seperatly,one would stay on twice as long and eventully wore out !

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Won heaters always crapped out on me!


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Won heaters always crapped out on me!



The controller or the heater? I use WON controllers for my 500watt titanium heaters. Have not had an issue yet.

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