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Old 01-07-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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What size heater do I need?

I have a 55 gallon and my heater maxed out is not keeping the temp high enough. I am looking to buy another. What wattage do you guys suggest?


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Old 01-07-2015, 10:54 AM   #2
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What do you currently have ?

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Old 01-07-2015, 11:03 AM   #3
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I have a 55 gallon and my heater maxed out is not keeping the temp high enough. I am looking to buy another. What wattage do you guys suggest?


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Hello Kris...

When purchasing a tank heater, I always figure on 5 watts per gallon of tank volume. A 55 G tank will need a heater or heaters that generate at least 275 watts of heat. A bit more than that won't hurt.

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Thanks. I appreciate it!!! I've got the ick. Dang it. And I need to bump up the heat but my heater is maxed. lol. Time for a new one.


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Old 01-07-2015, 11:48 AM   #5
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Assuming you're currently running a 200 watt, simply add another one. In a tank that size having 2 lower wattage vs. One large wattage is better imo.

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Would you still get another 200 watt, Or lower wattage. If I don't remove the old one.


I don't know what wattage it is. It's used, I think it said 175 volts.


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It should help yes. Post a pic of your current heater? ?

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what does that heater max out at? some only go so high, so you may want to keep that in mind when picking a new one.
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lol at some of this advice your getting. You DO NOT need 400 watts of heater for a 55 gallon tank. A 200 watt eheim jager would be plenty, in fact the 200 watt is rated for tanks 79 gallons - 106 gallons.

If you bumping up the temp for Ick make sure you add extra oxygen into the water. You can also use aquarium salt to help you along
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lol at some of this advice your getting. You DO NOT need 400 watts of heater for a 55 gallon tank. A 200 watt eheim jager would be plenty, in fact the 200 watt is rated for tanks 79 gallons - 106 gallons.
Dude.. i run a 150 in a 30, some rooms get colder that others.. there is nothing obscene about 2-200 way heaters in a 55.. the point here is to achieve 86į.. while a single hear may suffice in maintains a normal tropicals temp, it may not hit the ich kill zone.. like in said..2 smaller vs. One larger, if the one big guy sticks on its frying the tank..

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