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Old 12/15/2010, 09:01 PM   #1
malawinovice
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How to tell if heater is bad???

I have started to awaken to a cold dark tank. I dont know what is causing it.

When I check my heaters I find only half of the length of the heater is getting hot.

I changed two things before these overnite gfci trips occured.
1 - moved my two tunze 6055 on a 7096 to the gfci and off the reefkeeper
2 I added a older nano kora to the sump

Ideas?

I am traveling for the holiday weekend really worry about the dead tank upon return

Suggestions?


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Old 12/15/2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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The heater is probably bad. They tend to go bad often.

What kind of reefkeeper is it?



Edit: I keep a kill-a-watt plugged into my heaters. If they start to burn out usually it doesn't happen at once. If they don't pull the rated watts within a few watts chances are they are on there way out.


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Old 12/15/2010, 09:31 PM   #3
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reefkeeper 2, I used it as my temp controller.
Only problem is channel 4 is malfunctioning

why


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Old 12/15/2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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Bad temp probe, or perhaps Electrical interference.

Skimmer pump was making my probe go crazy.


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Old 12/15/2010, 11:15 PM   #5
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Bad temp probe, or perhaps Electrical interference.

Skimmer pump was making my probe go crazy.


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Old 12/16/2010, 10:25 AM   #6
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sorry let me clarify

the gfci tripped and the whole tank power was off, cold dark no flow


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Old 12/16/2010, 07:43 PM   #7
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Turn channel 8 to always on.

There is a bug with the RK2 that they could not solve. For whatever reason if you leave channel 8 always on the bug goes away.

I have never seen it trip the gfci though. The heater might have knocked something out in the controller.


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Old 12/17/2010, 05:45 PM   #8
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I have circuit #8 at the temp controller.

Number 4 circuit is stuck to on/off, I can choose auto but it doesnt give me the choices after.

ideas?


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Old 12/17/2010, 05:48 PM   #9
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Sounds like it is burned up. I would contact digital aquatics and see if they have any answers.


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Old 12/17/2010, 05:50 PM   #10
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My heaters seem okay, it is more likely the older kora.. It sounds rough in the sump.

I have reconnected the tunze 6055 to circuit 4.

So far so good.


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Old 12/17/2010, 08:50 PM   #11
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I'd take the return pump off that gfci or get one just for that pump.


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Old 12/18/2010, 05:03 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies,

I have connected something to channel 4 and it is set to always on.
I have taken the koralia nano out of the sump.

any issues of a similar nature with the da reefkeeper lite?

How easy is the aquacontroller jr to program vs the reefkeeper II?


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Old 12/18/2010, 08:55 PM   #13
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I have not heard of any issues like this with the RKL but regardless of the issue I still think the RK2 one of the better controllers.

I have had a couple opportunities to upgrade but after 3 years if dependable service i will stick with my RK2 until it dies. 7 channels is more then I need.


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Old 12/20/2010, 06:24 PM   #14
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Thank you all for your help.

I have performed a reset and now channel 4 is giving me all the options of programming.

I have left channel 4 and channel 6 always on.


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