yesterday i set up a 55gallon tank, after overcoming a bunch of problems.
brieft history: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=23115
everything was running last night (filters,pumps,ect) and after 6hrs i was ready for bed, plugged in my old thermal compact heater (before they put included the pre-set temps) set it, and went to bed. i woke up this morning to find the temp up to 70 degrees, but the heater in the off position, i re adjusted it, it came on for 2mins.. then turned off, and it hasn't come back on (it's been like 8hrs now). i have had this particular heater for 8-9 yrs (constant use for a full 8yrs) so i am thinking it's had a full life, and ready to be replaced.. however my LFS
have a limited selection of heaters (more of the thermal compacts, and the non-submesible styles)
i have to order some misc. fittings and repair kits (total on those is 6bucks) that i can't find locally so it makes sense to buy the heater online too. i am probably going to order from thatpetplace.com or bigals.. and i am looking at a few heaters, and would like to get some feedback from people who have used the ones i am looking at.
Rena Cal Excel 300W Heater
Marineland Dual Temp 300 Watt
or another Thermal Compact 300watt with pre-set temp settings