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There are lots of components to a successful aquarium set-up. Aquarium heating, water filtration, and the nitrogen cycle, are such methods that must be utilized.
Many fish require heated water because they come from a tropical climate and will die if kept in cold tanks. In colder countries like the UK, you need to have a quality tropical tank heater that will keep your fish, and the water they swim in, at the perfect temperature and happy all year round.
Finding the perfect aquarium heater can seem like a challenge; even a quick Google search for aquarium heaters revels hundreds of brands, makes, models and types. If you do not know what you are looking for, then you might find yourself paying too much for a tropical fish heater that is not right for your new fish tank.
To help, I've put together this guide to choosing the perfect tank heating product, so that you can create the ideal environment for your pet fish.
Searching for a new aquarium heater will throw up a lot of fancy technical terms and brand names, but in reality, there are 4 main types of aquarium heater:
This type of aquarium heating is slightly costlier compared to immersible heaters. The good news is that it can be completely submerged, inside the fish tank. Configuring temperatures is also not as difficult as the immersible tank heaters.
Perhaps the key feature that attracts most fish hobbyists, to this type of fish tank heater is the fact that it can be hidden from view.
Therefore, this particular type of heater is quite costly compared to standard ones. The other setback is the fact that you can’t repair these in the case of damage since the tube is totally sealed, and cannot be accessed.
Substrate heaters are composed of wires which run through the bottom panel of the tank and heat the water.
The warmth rises through the tank, keeping your fish at the perfect temperature. These solutions are cost-effective and hidden, so if you don’t want to see your aquarium heater and instead look at your beautiful fish, then this could be the ideal solution for you.
Some fish tank air filters come with built-in aquarium heaters, meaning that you can combine the two solutions and save yourself space on your aquarium. These solutions are often costly, but they combine two purposes and last for a long time. As such, you might think of them as an investment.
Initially, you need to consider what sort of heater your new fish tank needs. The amount of heat that your tank will require will depend on its capacity, as the more water there is in the tank, the more power your heater will need to get the tank to the ideal temperature.
You also need to consider the temperature of the room when choosing an aquarium heater. If the room temperature is low and the tank placed near to an exterior wall, then you will need a more powerful heater to keep your fish warm.
Consider keeping your fish tank near to an external heat source, such as a radiator, and away from exterior walls and openings. By choosing the perfect spot for your fish tank, you’ll reduce the amount of work that your aquarium heater has to put in to keep your fish tank at the right temperature.
Other factors that you should consider when seeking a new aquarium heater include:
The best piece of advice I can give any novice is to research every product on the market before you make your purchase. This approach doesn’t just include your aquarium heater: you also need to research your new fish tank, fish tank accessories and even the fish you put in your tank before you buy anything.
By doing your homework, you’ll be able to create the perfect fish tank set-up that looks amazing in your home and keeps your new fish happy and healthy for many years to come.
At Which Fish Tank, I regularly post new articles and reviews of the latest fish tanks and accessories, so you can learn more and find the perfect solution for you.