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Pipe Heating Cable

Discussion in 'Heating or Cooling of your AP system.' started by GrowTech, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. GrowTech

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    Those are really only meant for keeping the water in the pipe from freezing. Since the water is always moving in AP, you shouldn't have any frozen pipe issues. If you are thinking about actually heating your tanks with that technology, you will not be satisfied with the results as heat tape will not efficient at all.

    If you need to heat the water AND you need to use electricity to do it, best to use a submersible heater of some sort. That will give you the best bang for your buck on power consumed. Additionally, choose a fish that survives in your local ponds all winter and set your heaters so they only come on at a very low temperature. (See my response to your other post on my winter time thread. I ended up literally spending 200-300 dollars this winter keeping 500 gallons of water up at 70 F.)
     
  3. GrowTech

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    Well I'm glad I asked here before floating the bill for heating cable, that stuff is a little pricey.

    I'm in Oklahoma and plan on using Fathead Minnows in my starter system because of their low cost and durability, maybe I'll just stick with them until I can figure out an economical heating option.


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