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Old 03-12-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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Ideal Heater (for 55 Gal.) !?

Hello out there...I'm no expert in the aquarium keeping hobby and don't know too much as far as quality of the various products out there. I've recently set up a 55 Gal tank and have everything I need for it but a heater. I've looked up some name brands and was thinking about purchasing a Hagen...anyone out there know if they're any good? Or if there is a brand that would be better? I've been recommended a Hagen Thermal but I would like to hear more options/opinions before I decide. A few of the fish (including my black ghost knife) in my tank would probably really appreciate a higher temperature for their well-being. Oh, this brings me to another question (might as well as at the same time)...about the black ghost knifefish...how fragile are these guys when they're young (size being about 5 cm tops)? I've been reading up on them but all the information I seem to find pertains to larger sized one's that probably aren't as sensitive. Either that or the information I've encountered has left me more confused because the facts are so diverse. Really appreciate it. Thanks all.
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Though I am sure there may be other more effecient ways out there..if you have to use a small heating unit.. I say that you picked a pretty good brand.

I have almost all hagen Compacts running my tanks. I have some Ebos in the 40.
I personally, have had horrendous luck with many popular and cheap brands. Bad luck with some not so cheap too.
As far as a submersible goes , I have one 100w Preset that is always 6 degrees cooler than thge setting. The Ebos are the same way though.
Compact 25w are the ONLY heater I'd chance in my mini tanks.
With only one unit not working 100% as advertiused, and the prices and the ability to subnerse....hagen is a great deal.
I am going to research in-line heating options later for my big 170 tanks. I just do not want a shoal of small heaters swimming submersed on the back wall! I rather have fish! I also do not like the idea of having single heaters of high wattage. When you look at how they are designed..eyie!
Replacement of a heater gets to be less a deal when the tank is so huge....it means high dollar losses in a disaster.

Hope that helps!
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Most of Hagen's aquarium products are pretty good. If I were to pick a specific type for a 55 gallon, I would go with one of two, either a Tronic, which is made by Hagen, or an Ebo Jagger. If you didnt want to spend the amount that Tronics and Ebos sell for, my next choice would be a ThermalCompact Pre-Set, also made by Hagen, they're quite a bit cheaper than Tronics and Ebos, but still a good heater.
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250watt Ebo is always a good choice.
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I agree with Don. I've a 250W Ebo in each of my 55gals and so far they've been accurate and trouble free. I just got a deal on some Won titanium Pro-Heats. This is supposed to be the ultimate in heater technology. I'll let everyone know how they fare.
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Thank you all I've been asking around and found that alot of people seem to like both brands equally. I've also heard a pretty good amout about the Ebo Jagars. Guess it's between the those two brands. Personally I'm not picky about price (although good deals are great to come by)...I just want my fishies to be happy with a good environment. Not to mention now days it doesn't necessarily mean the more pricey it is the better. Guess I'll have wait till my LFS has one of those in stock...there's not really much places to purchase aquarium products in my area. Does anyone happen to know a respectable site online to purchase aquarium supplies? There's been many places I've found but I'd rather get some advice about that too. Sorry...there's always so much questions that I have. Still in the learning process. Thanks a bunch for all your help.
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Thank you all I've been asking around and found that alot of people seem to like both brands equally. I've also heard a pretty good amout about the Ebo Jagars. Guess it's between the those two brands. Personally I'm not picky about price (although good deals are great to come by)...I just want my fishies to be happy with a good environment. Not to mention now days it doesn't necessarily mean the more pricey it is the better. Guess I'll have wait till my LFS has one of those in stock...there's not really much places to purchase aquarium products in my area. Does anyone happen to know a respectable site online to purchase aquarium supplies? There's been many places I've found but I'd rather get some advice about that too. Sorry...there's always so much questions that I have. Still in the learning process. Thanks a bunch for all your help.
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fhqwhgads,

I don't use anything other than Ebo-Jagers on my tanks, they are some of the best heaters that money can buy, and the most consistent temperaturewise with very few incidences of malfunction. I also would recommend a 250w for your size tank.

There are 2 places that I highly recommend for online aquarium shopping :

www.bigalsonline.com is a huge favorite amongst most aquarists who shop for their supplies on line, as is

www.aquabid.com where you place a bid for your products and I have found can be even more cost-effective than Big Al's at times. I was able to get heaters for all of my tanks for just pennies from Kensfish, who is a seller on AquaBid that I personally have dealt with and have had excellent service with.
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I've switched to all EBO's in my tanks after having real bad luck with sticking, leaking and otherwise failing other brands.

I would have gone with titanium's but they are not available in Canada. (ZtUpId gov regulations )
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