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Old 02-17-2009, 04:37 PM   #11
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Yup. The other one to look at is the Johnson Controls A419. A little pricier, but has a few different features. Both are top notch quality industrial controllers. I run the A419 on my tank and can't believe I waited so long to get one. The more $$ you start getting in your tank, the more you start getting concerned about how quick it could go away just because of a stinkin' stuck thermostat.

But to answer your question... I think some of the Ebo Jaegers have an adjustable dial so you can make your thermostat reading match real life. I think. But that still doesn't mean it's not going to drift over time. Better to just set your heater based upon a well-placed (like not right next to the heater!) digital temp probe. (Even with a controller, I still have 4 temperature probes in various parts of my tank. One is for the controller itself, one is one of those temp alarm units, and the other two are those little Coralife digital units. Obsessive? Perhaps... )
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:44 PM   #12
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But by plugging in the unit how does the controller take control of the heater to control the Temperature? Can I use any Heater with it? Or is there a certain type of heater that u need to use?
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(Even with a controller, I still have 4 temperature probes in various parts of my tank. One is for the controller itself, one is one of those temp alarm units, and the other two are those little Coralife digital units. Obsessive? Perhaps... )
I'm right there with you...lol. But I only have 2 others besides the controller probe.

Frankie, crank your heater up to 84-86 or as high as it will go and plug it into the controller. Any heater works. The controller will send power to it when the temp is below your setpoint and shut off the power when it reaches the 2nd setpoint. By keeping the thermostat high on the heater, you will be sure the heater will turn on when it's powered up by the controller.
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That's freakin Awesome I definitely will Save up to Purchase this unit....
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:14 PM   #15
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Will this Unit work just as good as the one Recommended?

http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewItem~idProduct~WB1411.html
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It would probably work fine. I don't know if it's worth the $15 savings compared to a controller made for industrial use like the Ranco, or Johnson.
Hobby grade vs industrial grade.
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yeah $15 dollar difference I'll probably blow it on something else cool... I'll just get the darn thing.... lol
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I have owned MANY heaters in my fish time ' But I will say the rena smart heater has been my BEST heater EVER ~~ I will buy them for every tank I have , very very trustworthy , and really about your issue, the tank & fish are fine with that little of a fluctuation . 1=2 degrees hotter or colder is no big deal. but every cheaper' heater I ever nought always broke, or got stuck on me . my 2$ buy the rena . its awesome !! ~~
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Which wire gauge is good to get? The 16 or the 14 on the Ranco Controller?
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