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So I am looking for a better heater for my 20 gallon tank. The one that came with the kit runs really hot and it nearly burned me, so I absolutely do not want it in the tank with my shrimp.

A friend gave me this heater, but I'm not sure if it will work in the shrimp tank. It has a "protective guard", but I know small shrimplets will be able to get past it. The heater has writing  on it that warns it shouldn't be touched, so I worry about shrimplets touching it and getting fried?

Am I correct in thinking that this heater won't work? If so, what is a good alternative? 

Thanks,

 

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you can use this heater. with or without a guard the shrimp will figure out if they need to stay away from it.  If you decide to use a heater, keep an eye on the temps for a while to make sure it does not heat the water too much

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Seconded.

I got myself a fancy in-line heater to keep my tank at exactly the temperature I thought I needed for my shrimp. After losing my colony slowly over several months, I turned it off in order to reduce the number of unknowns in the tank. I can't say whether or not my heater was killing my shrimp but my tank now fluctuates between 69-74F throughout the year (maybe 3F range in a  given day) and the shrimp seem totally fine with it.

 

Unless you live in a really cold area, you don't really need a heater. At worst, the heater can take a little too long to turn off (or the thermostat gets stuck) and cook your entire tank without you noticing.

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The tank will be in an office with an air conditioner. It shouldn't get too cold outside where I live, I just wasn't sure if the office was too cold.

I also was told by my LFS that they needed a certain temperature to breed, but I'm not sure how accurate that statement was.

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I started my colony of Blue Diamonds (neocaridinas like your RCS) a couple months ago and of the 5 breeding size females I have, there are always 3 at any time that are berried.
The temp range I have them in seems to suit them well although I would see what range your office has before omitting a heater. 

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Heater killed roughly 200+ shrimp I had in a 40 breeder. The power went out and when it kicked back on the heater malfunctioned & cooked the tank. 

 

Buddy also lost his whole colony of blue dreams when his heater broke in the tank and took him temps to 80+.

 

Never again will I ever use a heater those things are death traps.

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15 hours ago, DreaminginBlue said:

The tank will be in an office with an air conditioner. It shouldn't get too cold outside where I live, I just wasn't sure if the office was too cold.

I also was told by my LFS that they needed a certain temperature to breed, but I'm not sure how accurate that statement was.

My house is air conditioned, so all my tanks are in the a/c environment.  In the summer the struggle for alot of shrimp keepers is keeping tanks cool... Alot of LFS workers just have a general knowledge of fish or aquariums but the best advice will come from this forum where people who keep and breed these shrimp know what works... I have gotten so much good advice here at shrimpspot! :)

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Okay! If you have AC then I'm sure the office will be fine. :) I guess being a fish person I've heard "you need a heater" so many times it's practically ingrained. I'll use that heater for another tank or return it to my friend in case they want to use it.

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