I know there's another thread on this already, but it says I can't reply to it because it's 153 days old. Fluval E300 heater JUNK?
I am a rookie at the aquarium hobby so I don't have any great advice, but I did want to document some of the good and bad as I set up my first tank. I have a 90g (+10g w/d filter) for a tropical freshwater tank. No fish or plants yet, started cycling 5 days ago.
I set the heater horizontally in the 10g sump next to the pump. It seems pretty good spot since the water has to flow across the heater to enter the pump.
- The first problem I had was the heater allowed water and/or condensation into the display. After about 3 days the display clouded up to the point I could see the color, but couldn't read any numbers. I'm hoping this didn't allow something nasty like mercury to leech into the water.
- Second problem is the heater did not heat the water. The heater warmed up the first few days, but after that it was always cold to the touch. I am wondering if this was related to the lack of watertight seal, or if it's because it's horizontal, or because it's in a low flow area. My home temp is set between 70-74.
I just got back from returning it to the fish store and getting a replacement. I hope the first one was just a fluke, but I will follow up on this thread either way.
If anybody else has horror/success stories, or just general advice about the e300, please share.