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From $9 water heater element and $13 worth of PVC. (Got Johnson A-19 Control from a friend).
Albums: Bradly Bowyers AP- 2/3rd of the way there!
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How did this heater work in the end? Need something like this for next winter.
What are pro's and con's ??????
Rob... thanks much.
I did re-order a stainless steel element...it's on it's way here so I can rebuild this heater.
I did a test run with the copper element and noticed the bubbles and the need to angle the heater in a pan of water I did a test run in. so I'm gonna mount this element (with a protective screen of somekind) at like a 45 degree angle down into the water of the fish tank.
I'm so appreciative for all the comments everyone warned me with before I killed fish !! :-)
I've got system all running now, with siphons working and overflows intsalled on everything as a safety measure and am just bringing down the PH slowly as I test run it to monitor temperature controll of the water.
I also dumped in 15 gallons of dirty aquarium water from in my house to kind of give the bacteria a jumpstart. Will try adding ammonia soon....
Thanks again for the input Rob
Bradly, i have built many a heater from scratch, and the will work. ...nice job by the way. I must caution you about the heater element, its nickel plated copper, which is toxic to fish. you can order a stainless steal on line, i have links on my how-to... http://community.theaquaponicsource.com/forum/topics/diy-heater-sub...
i will add... tiny bubbles are created when it runs, so the element must angle up a bit to allow these to escape or the element will burn up... even in the water.
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