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Old 07-10-2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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Heater and Filter for 55 gallon tank

What is the best heater wattage for a 55 gallon tank? I will be buying a Visi-Therm brand from Big Al's (same thing I just ordered for my 20g, just bigger). I don't want to underdo it or overdo it. Thanks.

Also what is a good filter that you could suggest? I want something that is good quality but I don't want to spend tons of money on it either. Thanks.

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Either two 100 watt heaters or one 200 watt heater should do it. Some people like to put two of the smaller heaters in case a failure should occur full-on or full-off, the fish would neither be cooked or frozen. I have a 200 watt heater in my 55 and it works adequately.

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I agree with crazyred about the heaters, I only have one, but the next time I order I will buy two titanuim heaters. This is the filter I have:


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I would recomment 2 150 watts heaters. I generally go by 5 watts per gallon. A little extra will come in handy if you ever have to bumb the temps up.
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