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Old 05-02-2004, 05:26 AM   #1
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heater replacement, suggestions plz!

yesterday i set up a 55gallon tank, after overcoming a bunch of problems.
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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

thanks guys
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My suggestion would be either Ebo Jager or Visitherm. If you want a really good heater, go with a Won Pro Heat or Pro Heat II. They do cost a little more, but they're worth it IMO.
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Old 05-02-2004, 06:55 AM   #3
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i was looking at both the ebo before, and was going to buy it when i thought i should at least double check with people on the forums, to see how well the pre-set temp settings worked and completely forgot about it, thanks logan!

if i was going back to saltwater i would buy the won pro but since it's fresh
and only a 55gal tank.. i don't see a large need for it.

anyone have complaints about the ebo's pre set temp settings ?
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Even with the setting on the heater, you will need to check the water temperature. Sometimes the heater can read a bit high or low, however the temp will be very stable once set.
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Ebo's are great, I've had them run for like 10 years trouble free. I also like the visi-therms. Either way, do double check the temp even if the heater has a temp setting. One of my visi-therms is set at 80 degrees and the water temp is like 82. The preset temps are not accurate and a lot depends on tank size, water flow, etc etc. HTH
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Old 05-02-2004, 10:37 AM   #6
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You could maybe drop down to a 250 watt. I have a 300 on my 55 gal and it seems like a bit much.
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Yeah you can run a 250w on a 55.
Not really much need to spend the extra money on a 300w.
I like to use the Titanium Heaters.
Then you dont have to worry about the glass getting broken.
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I have been replacing all my old heaters with Ebo Jagers and really like them.
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thanks guys, for the suggestions.. looks like i will be going ebo jager on this tank.
i know the 300w is above the 5watts/1gallon size rule, but the price difference is a buck. and thanks for the headups on the pre-set temp settings, i would never put blind faith in a heater, i would always have a thermeter in there just to double check, but thanks for your suggestions.
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Yeah you can run a 250w on a 55.
Not really much need to spend the extra money on a 300w.
I like to use the Titanium Heaters.
Then you dont have to worry about the glass getting broken.
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Why not? I have a 300watt for my 30gal if and when I get it set up


I prefer Hagens Thermal-Comact Pre-set line of heaters.

THeir cheaper in cost, but have been good to me thus far.



Altho..I do run a Visi-Therm 250 in my 29gal SW tank.
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