Aquarium temperature controllers are a big part of keeping your saltwater aquarium healthy. Aquariums need to be held at specific temperatures to provide your fish with the conditions they need for healthy growth and survival. Unfortunately, these temperatures are not always achievable unless you have a very reliable, well-functioning heating system in place. There is no better way to save yourself the headache of constantly checking and adjusting temperatures than to turn to aquarium temperature controllers, which will change the temperatures of your tank to make sure it stays healthy.
There are several different types of aquarium temperature controllers that are available for purchase. The most expensive is the fully-functioning thermostat, which will monitor the water temperature and shut off the heating and cooling systems if they are not working correctly. Shop around for the best deals on other kinds of aquarium temperature controllers as well; some retailers carry both types of thermostats, so be sure to compare prices before you buy. In general, the two most common types of aquarium temperature controllers available are the pre-wired thermostat and the wired thermostat.
Pre-wired aquarium temperature controllers are much simpler than the other kind of thermostats. These will usually come with a circuit board along with a pair of alarm timers. This means that you simply plug the controller into an electrical outlet (or use one of the many battery packs to keep the controller “on” all the time) and you can monitor the temperature of your fish tanks using a simple switch or dial. If something in your fish tank happens to be out of whack with regards to temperature, simply flip the switch on the controller to bring the temperature back up. As you might expect, this kind of heater controller also has a lot less advance warning than some of the other models, so it’s important to keep one of these controllers’ wires running and to keep an eye on the temperature in the aquarium.
Some aquarium temperature controllers also come with electronic warning lights, but I can’t stress enough the importance of trying to find a brand of thermostat controller that uses a digital readout, with LED illumination, and a clear indicator for the actual temperature. The LED lights on the glow ball should be clear, too, so you can easily see which way is low and which way is high. These are the only types of aquarium temperature controllers that will work with glow bulbs, but there are a couple of cons to them, as well. The biggest problem with glow bulbs is that they often blow up and burn out, which means that even though you may not have seen the bulb blowing up, it is still a hazard.
The best thermostat controller that I’ve come across in the digital LCD (led display) Thermostat. The reason why this is the best type is because the LED display is so clear and easy to read. It shows you the current temperature, and a good digital LCD monitor will even show a live feed of the fish in your tank. If you don’t know how accurate your current thermostat is, then you will really need to get a digital LCD monitor. These are highly accurate, and the delay between the time the light hits the panel, and when it registers in the computer is only a few milliseconds. This will ensure that you get accurate readings and that you aren’t setting the tank up for disaster.
The digital LCD controller gives you the ability to set a precise temperature that stays constant no matter what. You can also set the temperature at a desired level if the tank is overheating. Once the tank is overheated, it can be cooled down using the fan or ceiling heaters. With the digital controller thermostats, you don’t have to worry about keeping a precise temperature because it will automatically maintain it for you. A digital temperature controller can save you a lot of time. If you ever get lost in a big aquarium, you can just reset the controller and you’re good to go.
The second controller that we will discuss is an infrared heater. These infrared heaters use a probe that sends out infrared pulses. When these pulses hit a water molecule, it causes an electric charge, which causes the molecule to emit or release heat. A pre-wired temperature controller has a probe that senses whether the tank is heated or not, and will either raise or lower the heating intensity depending on whether the tank is heated or not.
The third type of controller we will talk about is the inkbird controllers. Inkbird controllers allow you to pre-heat the water in a cylinder or container, and then send it out to your aquarium. In this way, you can control the heating intensity or reduce it based on the temperature of the water in the cylinder or container. Some inkbird controllers allow you to set a whole degrees increments.