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[APD] Heater Overload

In a message dated 1/5/2005 6:44:53 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
aquatic-plants-request at actwin_com writes:
Message: 5
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 21:12:31 -0800
From: James H <spreerider at gmail_com>
Subject: [APD] My plants are dying!!!!
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

All of my Plants are dying, i recently lost all my fish due to a
malfunctioning heater, it just kept getting hotter and hotter, hit
105F before i noticed, i went and got a new heater but it was too late
for the fish, lost 5 neons and 1 oto.  Now about 4 days later i
noticed my vals are going clear and starting to rot, also my sword is
doing the same thing, the only plants that seem to be unafected are
java fern but they are just little tiny pieces that i just added.
This is the first time i have had much luck growing plants(they were
growing over 1" a day with no co2)
the tank is a 5g with 20W of flourecent light, the substrate is river
mud mixed with peat moss covered with aquarium gravel and small river
ph is 7.4
gh is 60ppm
kh is 50ppm
nitrates are 15ppm
phosphate is 5ppm

If anyone can please save my plants i would appreciate the help very much


It's my understanding that, for the most part, the old "contact" heaters are 
prone to sticking when they fail and overheating a tank. I believe the new 
electronic heaters will fail "off", or dead, and thus avoid boiling a tank. 

Gerry Skau
All The World's A Stage, But The Play Is Badly Cast---Oscar Wilde
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