condensation in my tetra heater

shadowfish

my tetra 50w preset submersable heater has condensation inside on the upper part and I was wondering if it will go bad and if it does will it shock my tank or kill my shrimp/fish/plant or just not work?
 

Thai Aquarium owner

To be on the safe side, I would replace the heater ASAP.
Condensation means that there is moisture inside the heater, and whether this has come from a manufacturing issue or a slight leak / crack, you don't know
 

shadowfish

ok but it may be a few days before I get one and if it goes bad will it just not work or shock my tank?
should I get the same thing?
 

Et tu

It could do all of the above + it could also start to over heat. Fish tank heaters are the weak link in our hobby, years ago I had one that the thermostat failed, and poached my fish. It's up to you if you want to buy the same type/brand. As a side note a lot of people replace the heaters, every year or two because even the most $ one can fail.
 

shadowfish

I got a 100 watt one now same brand rated for 10-30 is this too much or is it better?
 

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