Should I be alarmed

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  1. Late starter

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    Hey guys moved my tank today to make some space for the other one once its done, so I drained but kept the water so that it can be easy to move.

    Then as I took the heater out so that the rock doesn't fall on it I saw it ...
    What is this?

    Forgive the strange hours I respond and ask questions but unfortunately for me I work shifts.

    I kinda panicked when I saw it. IMG-20211122-WA0001.jpg
     
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  3. Shabir

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    That heater looks like it's fried to be honest.. I'm amazed it even still worked. That actually looks like water got in and it blew
     
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    It must have had a slow leak and so got filled with water. They actually carry on working for a very short while then burn out. Chuck it out and buy a new one. Heaters are cheap and all the same quality. IMHO all heaters are the same. They are all made in China and are no longer made to last for years on end.

    I usually keep spare ones on hand and also I always connect my own external thermostat control as I dont trust them either in that regard to keep the temp accurate.

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    Agree with the others
    Heater looks fried.

    I would buy the best brand you can afford
    Have read of many cases where people cut corners on equipment. But it's what's keeping your fish alive
     
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    Hi thanks guys it says submersible but yeah Im definitely going back to the petshop because I have it for less than 6 months and this is the only heater they had at my local petshop but ill do some research on the external thermostat because my son named all of them so it would break his and my heart to loose a fish because of this.

    Thanks so much
     
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    Ok so it's not cracked I actually cleaned it and it came off and the heater is still working, it looked like a kinda organsm growth, heater is crack free and still working. I just doubled checked
     
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    This is excellent news. The brown on the bottom I'm guessing was algae I assume
     
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    Does algae look like that and omw I thought algae was green. I have lots to learn
     
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    Perhaps post a pic of what it looks like cleaned up?
     
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    Well technically diatoms is what I was referring to which is not exactly an algae. I agree with @A new day maybe a pic of it all cleaned up would help. To be honest from the pics uploaded the "dirt" looked like it was on the inside which is why I am sure everyone thought it's fried. However, come to think of it, I had a heater that looked like that (on the inside) , and still worked but the once I put my hand in to do something I got a real wake up call. It was a shock that literally threw me to the floor screaming like a little child :lol:.
     
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    Hey guys it's back in the tank but the class is clean and clear it looks exactly how it looks when I bought it.
     
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