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Fluval E series heater help
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:05:57 pm »
I have searched and searched and cannot find any Faqs on this heater so my last resort it to annoy you guys with yet another question.

We treated our fish to an e200 heater and can't get the red light to stop flashing grrr.

We didn't want to buy the e100 as it only goes up to 120l so thought it would be better to buy the bigger one as our tank is 120l the maximum capacity for the e100

So...it was flashing red 27 so turned down the preset heater from 25 to 24, still flashing so turned it down from 24 to 23. It's still flashing.

I need to know if what we are doing is correct to stabilise the flashing? How long will it take to settle? I don't want to fry my fish :(
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 06:39:43 pm »
    Do you have a separate thermometer to monitor temperature?
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 06:42:18 pm »
    The red flashing is the current tank temp, not the temp the heater is running. It is indicating that the tank is too hot & the heater will not turn on until the temp goes down.

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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 06:50:20 pm »
    Yep I have a separate thermometer. It was always showing around 26.  We have ow turned the heater off.

    So should I turn it back on, set it to 25 and wait for it to adjust. I thought it might not actually heat it water is too hot, but thought better to be safe then sorry and turn it off to await advice.
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #4 on: January 27, 2013, 07:07:00 pm »
    Correct.

    You set the temperature using the little orange thing at the top. Each time you move it to the right, the pre-set temp rises by half a degree. Each time you move it to the left, the pre-set temp drops by half a degree. Once you let go if the orange thing, the temp will revert to the current tank temp.

    In use, if the tank temp is within 1°C if the pre-set temp the display will show green.
    If the tank temp is 2°-3° outside the pre-set temp, it will display red if to warm, or blue if too cold.
    If the tank temp is more than 3°C outside the pre-set temp, the display will flash red if too warm, or flash blue if too cold.

    The heater does not operate if the display shows red (ie too hot).

    You can just about see if the heater is on as the lower part of the internals will show red. It's difficult to see, because the upper part of the internals are already red in colour, but you should be able to make out a red tinge in the lower half.

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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 07:21:20 pm »
    Brilliant thank you! I'm a typical female and thought we maybe had to turn the temp down as the heater is oversized for our tank.

    It's now set back to 25 and temp seems to be slowly dropping. We turned lights of as well as we thought this might help..

    I am glad we bought this as our thermometer seems inaccurate. *jawdrop*
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 07:38:15 pm »
    A mercury thermometer should be ok, those LCD ones are not so good. Which thermometer do you have?


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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #7 on: January 27, 2013, 08:16:34 pm »
    A bog standard mercury one I think. :)
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #8 on: January 27, 2013, 08:22:29 pm »
    the 3 series fluvals are brilliant I have three in e300's which are awesome in my set up ;-)
    My set up: 8foot by 2 x 3 tropical tank
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #9 on: January 27, 2013, 08:51:26 pm »
    I have two of these heaters. Can't say I am very impressed with them at all. Certainly won't be getting any more.

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    Re: Fluval E series heater help - Still not working!
    « Reply #10 on: January 27, 2013, 09:04:31 pm »
    OMG Help!

    since turning it back on the temperature is increasing again! It has risen to 27 :( The heater is right next to the filter as I read this is best as the warmer water gets pushed around the tank by the water flow. Is my filter giving off heat?

    I just don't understand why it is rising :(
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #11 on: January 27, 2013, 09:09:50 pm »
    sounds very strange - my three took about 3 days before they settled down - maybe watch it for 24 hours to see if there is a change - if not maybe it could be faulty?
    My set up: 8foot by 2 x 3 tropical tank
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    1 x 72 watt UV steriliser
    1 x Seneye

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    1 x female Bengal called Toffee
    1 x male Savannah called Simba

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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #12 on: January 27, 2013, 09:15:31 pm »
    I wont be able to go to bed in case my fish cook. I feel like taking it out and flinging it out the window and putting my interpet back in :(

    Had another look and it still saying 27. Shall I replace some of the tank water with cold water and see if it settles?
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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #13 on: January 27, 2013, 09:18:23 pm »
    Must be honest, I have an E300, and am not overly impressed by it. Seems to finicky, and often have problems with it, especially when I change the temp.

    For me, a simple heater is much better.

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    Re: Fluval E series heater help
    « Reply #14 on: January 27, 2013, 09:22:07 pm »
    I heard they were amazeballs which is why we got one. :(
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