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Old 06-11-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Heater for a 55 Gallon Tank

Right now I have a Aqueon pro 150 heater. The dial is set at 82-84. I have two sticker thermometer that both read 78. My question is. Is it to small for my tank. I bought it online from PETCO and my local store says that they will exchange it (plus the difference) for a larger one say a pro 200 heater. Should I switch or am I ok?

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Old 06-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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I have the same model and have had no problems with the temp setting being different than a thermometer reading. I have always been skeptical of the sticker ones, and currently have a glass one in my 55. It could just be a lemon, and not the fact that it is too small.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:49 PM   #3
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How can I check it to make sure that it is working and will continue to work properly before time runs out to take ot bag?
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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do you plan on keeping the temp that high? (82-84?) If so I would probably bump up to the 200w on a 55 gallon tank. In the winter if your temps inside get a few degrees below 70, then it might be fighting a little bit to keep temps that high with a 150w.

I am basing this off the little chart that came with my aqueon pro.

I would get one of the little thermometers that goes in the tank to double check the temp as well....
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I have it that high so the temp says 78. - 80. Is what i was told I should keep the tank heat at.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #6
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hmm....I would think it should be able to keep up with that unless your house is really cold.

I would double check with an in the tank thermometer first.

I don't own a 55 gallon, but I did upgrade to the larger size heater on my 29 (150w) just so it could keep up if a) my heater in my house broke and my house was cold and b) I would have enough power if I needed to jack up the heat to treat an ich outbreak or something...just something to consider even if it turns out the problem is the sticky thermometers....
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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I would say you could lower your temp. I keep mine at between 74-76 and have heard nothing bad about it. Pugmom brought up a good point in the ich outbreak. You will want to have enough power to bump up the temp in that event. With the description you gave of how your heater is acting, I would say return it. Whether or not to upgrade to a more powerful heater is your choice.

But you should get a more reliable thermometer to help you out. The little glass ones that are a few bucks work fine. Just make sure you put them as far away from the heater as possible to get the lowest possible temp for your tank.
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I have a 55g but its a reef and I am using a 300w
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:11 PM   #9
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I would keep it at 78 or lower if you can. Ideal reef temperatures are 72-78F, although periods of warmer water will do no harm.

I have 3 50W heaters. Just in case one or two of them go out it won't be a disaster.

Get a digital thermometer to test the temperature. I got a nice one from drs foster and smith for like $7. Temperature probe and big display.
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I would keep it at 78 or lower if you can. Ideal reef temperatures are 72-78F, although periods of warmer water will do no harm.

I have 3 50W heaters. Just in case one or two of them go out it won't be a disaster.

Get a digital thermometer to test the temperature. I got a nice one from drs foster and smith for like $7. Temperature probe and big display.
When you digital. Do mean one that mounts in the tank? I have seen ones on a few web sites are they a good idea? Or just go with a glass one? The reason I haven't got a glass one yet is because I have heard if they break then they can release the mercury in the tank?
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