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Old 10-20-2006, 06:40 PM   #11
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I'd say for the minute difference in cost, go ahead and get the 300w. It will do the job just fine, but it will also be useful should you ever wish to use it on a larger tank.
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:07 PM   #12
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I don't think that you can overstress the heater. If they fail, I beleive it is the switch that gives out. Thus, a lower power heater that does not cycle on and off as frequently might have more life to it???? But, I don't know if that is enough theoretical benefit to outweigh the ability to upgrade to a larger tank that zac already brought up with the larger heater.
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:28 PM   #13
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I also oversized for possible expansion. I have a 50 gallon, and I use the 300w ETh inline with an XP3. This time of year (since I haven't started up the furnace yet) mornings in the house are in the low 60's. My tank is constantly at 78.
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