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Old 05-31-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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Q on Stainless Steel Heater

I looked at this heater and thought, WOW, what a great idea. It measures by the temp, and you can actually set the temp instead of a little dial.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113767


My question is, would this be OK in a SW tank? I know it says FW, but why would it be wrong in SW?
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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If you like the concept, try finding a <<Won Brothers heater>>. Titanium construction is much more prefered in SW.

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Old 05-31-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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OK but why would this be bad (Its already ordered )
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:57 AM   #4
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My guess is that the Stainless Steel is not a good mix with Saltwater. I'm no chemist, so I don't know what the reaction would be but Steve's word would be all I needed that it wasn't a good idea! I've seen that titanium heater before that Steve recommended and when I replace my heaters that's what I'll go with. If fosters and smith hasn't actually shipped the heater you may be able to get them to cancel the order.
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:06 PM   #5
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Not all stainless steel is created equally. If the construction is not specifically designed with SW in mind, it will most likely rust in time depending on exposed parts. Titanium is generally the prefered metal when dealing with SW applications.

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Titanium is slightly more resistant to corrosion, but there's always something better. Silver is even less corrosive, gold better still, and platinum the best. I don't think Titanium heaters cost mush more than what you paid, however.

I can tell you that if the rubber endcaps are exposed to the air for any time at all, they're going to melt and cause electrical leakage into the tank - I know this from experience.
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:19 PM   #7
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I hate Drs Foster Smith even more now.

They havent even shipped the order yet (I was going to exchange it for a Visi Therm Stealth) and they wont change it "Its mixed with thousands of other orders, and we are too lazy to look for it" lol.

Anyway, I guess I wont use it once it gets here.
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:27 PM   #8
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Here's what I use for my tank - except I use (2) 200w heaters in mine in case one goes bad.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...384431795&rd=1
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I don't think there's any reason not to use it - it just may not last as long.
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If you're home refuse shipment when it gets there. Otherwise do a return to sender. I can't believe they won't pull your order from the system. Very strange. You must deal with a different LiveAquaria then me (that or you've already made them mad, lol)!
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