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Old 10-17-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Heater opinions

I'm looking for a new heater for my 75gal. I'm leaning towards 2-200 watt heater cause my tank is fairly long (4ft). I'm looking for opinions on brands like Viaaqua, Odyssea and Weipro.
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IME heaters are no place to save money. Odyssea has a poor reputation. Mine cooked my 12 gallon nano. I like Visi-Therm Stealth series at this time.
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Good idea to go with two heaters as it will help your tank be equally heated. I also recommend the Visi-Therm Stealth heaters. They are very reliable IME.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #4
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+1 for both the dual heater method and for the stealth type of heater.

Depending on your filtration system you may also have a few other options worth considering. (inline, sump, etc.)
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:31 PM   #5
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Two-200 watt heaters are great, they will give you a back up if one fails and even heat. I would steer away from the odyssea brand as well.
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I use Finnex titanium heaters.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #7
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2 150watt heaters should be plenty
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Agree with smeghead about wattage, and the others about not skimping. Visitherm (either the stealth or standard glass ones) gets my vote.
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2 300's should be used not 150's, the 150's are rated for 40 gallons and the 300's for 80 gallons. If you want true redundancy use the 300's.
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Redundancy isn't really what you're after. One of the schools of thought for using 2x heaters is that you size each of the heaters for 1/2 the load, so that combined, you have the wattage you need. That way, if one of them sticks in the 'on' position, it takes longer for your tank to get to "death zone" temperatures. That extra time gives you a longer time period to possibly find the problem and react before it becomes a serious problem. Same thing goes if it sticks in the "off" position - you at least have *some* heat going into the tank and the temps won't drop as fast.
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