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Triggerfngr
05-10-2014, 10:24 AM
Getting closer on the 180 gallon set up. Wondering which heaters your using and how many?

Amphispur
05-10-2014, 10:57 AM
I use 3-4 of the 300w heaters from Aqueon on the 150

Joe
05-10-2014, 11:00 AM
I have titanium and always have 2 in case one fails. I think a controller is the most important thing to keep whatever heater from going rouge. I have finnex right now and like them. I've had various other name brands and found them to be unreliable.


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charleshardy5
05-10-2014, 11:01 AM
I picked up a cheap Chinese titanium heater that has its own temp probe and it also runs off my RKL so it has double failsafe. Its awesome

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Joe
05-10-2014, 12:12 PM
I should add titanium is my choice because a lot of people have had glass ones explode. I caught one of mine just as it was sparking and about to blow. The controller cuts off electricity to the heater if the temp gets too hot. There are a lot of people who have cooked all their fish when a heater stuck on. It doesn't take long doing that to way out price a controller cost.


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Sharkboy99999
05-10-2014, 06:52 PM
I have 1 200w in my 170g


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719bloodhound
05-10-2014, 07:04 PM
running a 300w jager right now but have always ran finned titanium

Jed
05-10-2014, 08:11 PM
Eihem Jäger.

charleshardy5
05-10-2014, 08:14 PM
Just bought a 50w jager for my nano. Hoping it lives up to its name

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Triggerfngr
05-10-2014, 09:48 PM
Anyone have experience with the viaaqua titanium heaters?


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hooked
05-10-2014, 10:08 PM
Anyone have experience with the viaaqua titanium heaters?


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I just had a 350w one quit on me. ran it fo 5 years. replaced it with a jager and a reefkeeper. Would have bought another but couldnt find any 350w.

Levi
05-10-2014, 10:36 PM
250w aqueon pro ceramic resin unbreakable. I run 2. They have a built in cutoff so if they are out of water they shut themselves off. Best part is i got them from petco price matched to 21 per heater from amazon.

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rye_84
05-11-2014, 07:55 AM
I have 2 300w eheim jagers. Wanted titanium, but couldn't afford what I wanted at the time and these had the best overall reviews for standard heaters. fostersmith had them on sale for under 25 when I got them.

Murfman
05-11-2014, 11:48 AM
I have titanium and always have 2 in case one fails. I think a controller is the most important thing to keep whatever heater from going rouge. I have finnex right now and like them. I've had various other name brands and found them to be unreliable.


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Joe, what wattage are you using? I currently have 1K watt tube and was just thinking I should have a spare, on hand, since this one is a few years old. I run mine through my AC Jr controller and just use the controller that came with it as a thermometer.

Murfman
05-11-2014, 11:49 AM
This was in my email this morning; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njJAkM2dJ18&trk_msg=6QAO9LIM5TJKTCOMFK6OIDT4RG&trk_contact=NG4VM88U3099ONIISQP21GMDEK&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.youtube.com%2fwatch%3fv %3dnjJAkM2dJ18&utm_campaign=education&utm_content=brstv_050914

xsocali
05-11-2014, 12:46 PM
Seen those at Reefstock,and they are very nice.

Hydroid
05-11-2014, 03:50 PM
Perfect timing for this topic I have been researching heaters as mine is on the Frits
Not that worried as summer is approaching but will need replacing before next winter
Couple of questions

Should I go with one rated for larger then my tank?

are ones with remote sensors worth it?

And one silly question more of a curious observation

why do they all have setting that go up to the mid 90s? Is it in case we want to slow cook everything for dinner?

Sharkboy99999
05-11-2014, 04:12 PM
I was wondering that too


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Levi
05-11-2014, 07:28 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0098AUF6M/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1399857983&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40

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Joe
05-11-2014, 09:10 PM
why do they all have setting that go up to the mid 90s? Is it in case we want to slow cook everything for dinner?

I really started wondering that when I accidentally bumped the temp wheel on one of my heaters once and rolled it to 90 something. I noticed it in time, but wondered why there is even an option to go above maybe 84 max. It's not like setting it on 95 helps get cold water up to 78 faster than setting it on 78. Plenty of potential for damage, but no potential for good - IMHO.

mikea213
05-11-2014, 09:40 PM
Why are no 2 heaters the same? You see alot of 300w heaters rated to max 80gal and then the eheim's are rated to 264gal for a 300w but it takes 2 300w eheim's to hold my 180g around 78.8.

Sharkboy99999
05-11-2014, 09:43 PM
And 1 jager 200w hold my 170 at 79 I'm wondering the same thing


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JLAURENCE32
05-11-2014, 10:06 PM
I had a Ehiem Jager for 6 years with no problems... On heaters, I'm a firm believer of using just one heater. I've never heard of a tank crashing from freezing when a heater fails off but have heard of plenty of fried tanks when a heater sticks on. Two heaters and you double that chance...

mikea213
05-11-2014, 10:31 PM
Yeah one has never held the tank in the winter, summer is fine. Both are controlled by the apex so I dont worrie to much of over heat there on there own outlet. But I was just looking at BRS and a titanium finnex 800w is rated the same as the eheim 300w I have now.

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Joe
05-12-2014, 01:05 AM
I have two of the Finnex 800W. I got them for $45 each at AquaCave.com. They seem very solid and substantial. They are long and seem like a good way to distribute the heat. I've read some reviews where people talked about the efficiency of them heating the water quickly and not having to be on as long as smaller heaters. That's what it seems like to me too. With some viaaqua titanium ones I've had the temp controllers be off a little. One says the temp is always in the 50's when it's in the upper 70's. That's a little off. With the Finnex ones I have, they have no thermostat. They are either on or off based on the controller providing power to individual outlets.

I'm happy with the Finnex 800W.

Triggerfngr
05-12-2014, 09:28 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0098AUF6M/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1399857983&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40

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So 3 of these for a 180 gallon? Also is it ok to place them in the sump right next to each other or is it best to space them out?


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charleshardy5
05-12-2014, 09:35 AM
When I had 2 heaters they were both in the same sump chamber and I never saw anything negative come from it

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kmellon
05-12-2014, 12:16 PM
I am running 1 Finnex 500w in my sump currently although I do have a spare just in case. I have wondered if the 500w was too much, but it seems to work. it only feels warm to the touch when it is on and the water seems to hold pretty steady. My basement is quite cold in the winter. I use the RKE to control the temp by turning the heater on and off but I might add a controller as a secondary precaution. It won't do much if the port is stuck off, but will prevent an overheat if the port is stuck on for some crazy reason.

Levi
05-12-2014, 02:22 PM
When I had 2 heaters they were both in the same sump chamber and I never saw anything negative come from it

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Typically I run 3 heaters all within 1 degree of each other so that unless I leave a window open overnight and it gets cold (like I did the other night accidently) only 1 heater ever really runs. The other 2 just sit waiting for the temp to drop low enough to trigger them. I have never had a heater stick in the on position. I had a titanium heater (cheap chinese with thermostate that I got from Mr. Aqua in town) that the thermostat broke and it got stuck in the off position. This is not to say that everyone should do what I do, quite the opposite as I just want to show that everyone has a different experience and you should always do what you feel most comfortable with. The worst part about giving advice is that if someone tries what you suggest and it backfires on them, they blame it on you whether they say it out loud or not.

charleshardy5
05-12-2014, 02:26 PM
Advice is like excuses and buttholes. Everyone has them and some stinks but ocassionally you find the rare one that smells like roses ;) I take no offense to anything here sir and I welcome all advice good or bad and generally offer some on occasion that happens to be spot on. You are good man

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Levi
05-12-2014, 02:36 PM
lol I had to put in that little statement. My job is advising clients on their investments so I say something similar to this over and over again all day long when telling customers that they should do what is most comfortable to them first and foremost.