NEW WATER HEATER OPTIONS

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by UrbanBYC, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. UrbanBYC

    UrbanBYC Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been considering a few different options for water heaters. I know some use a heated dog bowl but those seem to run quite pricey. I was looking at some cheaper options and came up with a few things I have access to.

    Submersible Fish Tank Water Heater:
    http://www.petco.com/product/114078/Tetra-Submersible-Aquarium-Heaters.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch
    or
    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12315584&f=PAD/psNotAvailInUS/No

    My only concern with these is they are intended to heat water to about 70-80 degrees. I'm pretty sure they dont have the power to take near freezing tempertures up to that but if only about 40 degrees is necessary, could it constantly runnning for not being up to temp casue them to burn out fast?

    Heated Cord:
    http://www.petco.com/product/109980/Zoo-Med-Repti-Heat-Cable.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

    I dont know what temperature these will run at but could these work if wrapped around a watering can or bottle?

    Heated Pad:

    http://www.petco.com/product/6353/Z...-Under-Tank-Heaters.aspx?CoreCat=OnSiteSearch

    I think this would generally work for waters, not sure if this might also get too hot.

    If you have any recommendations or know that something definitely wont work or will cause problems, let me know, I am planning on going to morrow to a pet store to find something.
     
  2. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been using aquarium heaters for 4 or 5 winters now. They are on 24/7 for 6 months each year.I have had no problems. Same ones every year. They work and are completely reliable and of course one of the most inexpensive ways to keep your water unfrozen.
     
  3. mmeyer

    mmeyer Out Of The Brooder

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    how do you use the aquarium heaters, with what kind of waterer??
     
  4. jmagill

    jmagill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use nipples in the bottom of buckets. Water is always clean.
     
  5. mmeyer

    mmeyer Out Of The Brooder

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    great ..I can get the nipples from tractor supply and go from there.
     

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