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Old 01-01-2006, 02:58 AM   #1
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How often do you change out your heater?

Just wondering how often everyone changes out their heater. My 26G is going on 1 year, and thinking of replacing it.
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Old 01-01-2006, 03:32 AM   #2
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Here's what I currently have in my 26G. It's been running 11 months now, and is still very good. I have the 200W model, which they sell here at out lfs. The site I listed is just for your viewing. Our lfs sells them for cheaper than on this site. The prices on the site are kind of high.

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Old 01-01-2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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Well I have had my 250w for three years without a hitch... well I did have to replace the suction caps, but that's not so bad.

In my fresh water I have had that for around 4-5 years and that's 100w.

I carry a spare one of lower wattage (I actually use it to warm up my change water) so that will go in straight away if anything goes wrong.

My skimmer is a multi-skimmer capable of doing my tank plus more for bio filtering, so that's also a bit of a backup in case the canister filter dies or stops.
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:28 AM   #4
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I have several heaters that have been giving me reliable service for 5+ years.....some over 7....most of my heaters are between 1-5 years of age.
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:26 AM   #5
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I voted for 2 years because that was the longest period available in the poll. In actuality I replace my heaters as the need calls for it. Unless the heater is defective (i.e. gets condensation inside the tube or the thermostat is no longer accurate) I keep using it. Several of my heaters are more than 3 years old.
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:34 AM   #6
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I haven't had to change mine in 6 years... I used to change them every year or so (so I've got lots of spares), and then bought a really good Ebo-Jager, and haven't had a problem since.
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Old 01-01-2006, 09:35 AM   #7
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...I replace my heaters as the need calls for it. Unless the heater is defective (i.e. gets condensation inside the tube or the thermostat is no longer accurate) I keep using it...
Is condensation inside the tube a bad thing? My heater's been that way forever and I thought it was a normal condition. Silly me.

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Ive had heaters last 5+ years with no problem. While heater failure is a dangerous thing for your fish if you have a high quality heater there's little reason to worry it's going to fail on you. Quite the contrary, if you have a working heater that's been dependable, replacing it is only asking for trouble because the more heaters you put in your tank the more likely one of them will be defective.
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:31 PM   #9
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I chose "Russian Roulette with your fish..." because I only change it out if it breaks. We've only had 1 go bad and we just replaced that one last week. But the others have had glass break and ahve been changed out, all with Stealths. Checking the water temp twice a day helps keep the heater in check.
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Old 01-01-2006, 01:38 PM   #10
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I have two heaters in my tank. So I don't really play with the health of my fish in case one breaks. And that would be the time for me to replace one - if it quits working.
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Old 01-01-2006, 01:47 PM   #11
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...I replace my heaters as the need calls for it. Unless the heater is defective (i.e. gets condensation inside the tube or the thermostat is no longer accurate) I keep using it...
Is condensation inside the tube a bad thing? My heater's been that way forever and I thought it was a normal condition. Silly me.

Oh boy, an excuse buy a new toy!
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It may not have been absolutely necessary to replace the heater because of condensation at the time but I didn't want to take any chances. I've had two Hagen Tronic heaters develop condensation after using them for more than three years. I use nine Tronic heaters right now and highly recommend them.
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Old 01-01-2006, 03:29 PM   #12
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I voted for 2 years because that was the longest period available in the poll. In actuality I replace my heaters as the need calls for it. Unless the heater is defective (i.e. gets condensation inside the tube or the thermostat is no longer accurate) I keep using it. Several of my heaters are more than 3 years old.
Actually, what I mean by Russian Roulette is greater than 2 years or until the heater dies and possibly killing fish if you aren't there to monitor it when it occurs, such as when you are asleep at night.
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Old 01-01-2006, 03:36 PM   #13
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Basically we replace when it dies. If you check the water temp as you walk by it, most likely the breakdown of a heater won't kill the fish. We have had a few times where the temp had fluctuated without ill effect. In the 10 gal tank, the heater became unplugged. I found it the next morning with the temp at about 70. I plugged the heater in and slowly increased the temp. Didn't lose a single fish. When doing water chagnes I accidently hit the heater knob in the 10 gal sending the temp to about 90. Again, slowly decreased the temp and saw no ill effects. I really dont' see a reason to throw away a heater that is perfectly good since the lifespan of heaters varies.
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Also, if you have a large tank and use multiple heaters, you're simply not going to have much danger in the event of a single failure. The chance of two failing simultaneously isn't even worth discussing.

Proper monitoring (and really who has a tank and doesn't look at it several times a day? ) will elimnate most of the danger of a heater failure.
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I just wait till it starts messing up...
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I voted "Russian roulette" ---- BUT ----- I keep cold water fish and my heater is there only to decrease night time temp drop (I have a 5 degree set-back on my furnace).

My fish will be fine even if the temp goes way down - they just hibernate!
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I voted Russian roulette too because I don't replace my heaters based on age but rather based on how well they function. If one of my heaters starts fluctuating it's time to get a new one. If it's running stable I'll just leave it in there.
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I advise to keep a spare on hand. I had a heater go bad recently and it was during a weekend blizzard. I couldn't get out of my driveway, let alone go 30 miles to the nearest LFS. I'm glad I had a backup on hand. This was unusual because the heater was a Won that was about 7 mos old, the thermostat went bad.
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I picked Russian roulette too, but only cause it was the longest option... Since my early fiascoes with wal-mart (Tetra, Whisper, Regent, etc... Yes they are all made by Tetra) I only buy heaters online and brands that are "tried and true" As a result I get heaters that last much longer. I only have to worry about it breaking down at night (I only sleep 4-5 hours a night anyway). During the day my compact fluorescents keep the temp right at 82, so the heater only comes on after lights out.
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:19 PM   #20
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I just recently had a 300 watt heater from aqua gardens break and toast some of my more sensitive fish. That heater lasted 1.5 months so not to happy with it. Just bought a 300 watt heater from all glass aquarium, hoping the brand will save me fatalities. Anyone else care to share who their heaters were manufactured by?
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