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Thread: Oh #### man, the dagnabit heater

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    Crap, when I went out of town (for 4 days) I came back and the water had dropped dramatically and the heater cracked and melted a hole through the bottom of the tub at which point the remaining water flooded to the floor shorting some cords out [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    I don't know what day it happened but, when I got home the temp was 65F. and hum. was 20%. No visible damage yet - to the plants that is.

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    glad you didn't burn the building down..

    I have always disliked the aquarium heater in a jar idea. Very risky if you ask me.
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    thats why I use glass jars instead of plastic [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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    Actually its not in a jar, it is laying at the bottom of the tub. Which is filled
    3-4" with water at 100F. This keeps a good hum. Basically I used a Rubbermaid tub instead of a glass terrarium with the bottom filled with water.

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    That stinks, man. Live and learn, though. I hope all the plants take the mis-hap in stride!
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    Everytime I have used one of those submergable heaters for critters, I let the water gett oo low and it cracked. I have not used any for a long time, but the last time I stuck my hand in the water and got a nice surprise, lol.

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    thats to bad about your setup crashing. interesting idea. ive been trying to figure out how to keep the humidity up in the big chamber im going to build. ive sorta decided on using a cheap humidifier or 2 from wally world and throwing them on a timer as running full time will prolly start a mini rainstorm. i think your idea is sound however it has one flaw as you have seen. solution get a piece of plate glass to set the heater on, elevate the piece of glass off the bottom of the rubbermaid(a 1/4 inch should be plenty) this way if the worst happens and the water level drops the 1/4inch air space should be sufficiant insulation to keep the plastic bottom from melting. prolly fry the heater though if the water level drops that much for to long. just my 2 cents. hopefully you plants will escape the incident with no/minor damage.

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    You may as well buy a fogger. They cost the same price as heaters that go up to 100 degrees [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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