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Old August 16th 03, 05:18 AM
NetMax
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I have my heater set to 79/26 (F/C) but my stick-on LCD thermometer is
showing 82/28. The heater is by Visitherm, it's 100W fully submersible.

It
can be set in increments of 0.5C. It has been used for about one month.
Which should I trust, the thermostat of the heater, or the thermometer?

Marcus


From my experience, neither. I use a digital thermometer to check my
aquarium thermometers against, and then use them and ignore my heater
thermometer completely. Most thermometers & heaters work ok, but have an
offset (couple degrees too high or low). Once you know the offset, you
can do your calculation. I think the LCD type are also susceptible to
greater inaccuracy on very hot days, so you might have a hot summer day
offset, as well as the usual offset. Fortunately (with all these offsets
;~), stability is usually more important than the relative number
(provided you avoid the extremes).

NetMax


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Old August 16th 03, 06:35 AM
Len
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Default Heater thermostat vs Thermometer...

If your thermostat is set to 79 but the weather is warm, the thermometer will
obviously register a higher temperature. i think that I would trust the
thermometer if I had a choice.

Marcus Fox wrote:

I have my heater set to 79/26 (F/C) but my stick-on LCD thermometer is
showing 82/28. The heater is by Visitherm, it's 100W fully submersible. It
can be set in increments of 0.5C. It has been used for about one month.
Which should I trust, the thermostat of the heater, or the thermometer?

Marcus


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Old August 16th 03, 06:22 PM
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Default Heater thermostat vs Thermometer...

I had a thermometer that read low and I almost cooked my fish trying to
raise the temp to 80F. Pick up a new one and test it with the old one.
Chances are good that it is the old one gone bad.

Vicki

 




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