Q: Car does not get to normal engine temperature

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so at first my car overheated with water pouring out of the water bottle. steam and all. the car stood for a night. put in water, same thing happens. leave the car for half a day. put in water in the water bottle. also the housing that comes form the radiator to the engine, i poured water in there. now the car wont heat up properly. heat gauge only goes up one quarter when driving. when i stop it rises to halfway which is my normal then the fan turns on and it drops back to a quarter again which is 70 degrees Celsius. i also noticed that the water in the water bottle rises quite high but not to the point where it boils out. water just rises but seems calm. the thermostat and water pump with the fan switch was replaced a few months ago. what can this be?
My car has a manual transmission.

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