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Old 12-09-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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time for a new heater.

Its a 60 gallon freshwater planted tank. Need to keep at 78-80. House gets down to 70 in the winter at the coldest but usually 76 year round. I would like suggestions on the most cost effective and reliable brands. The one I have now is a 100watt marineland going strong but I was thinking of getting a 300 watt.
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Its a 60 gallon freshwater planted tank. Need to keep at 78-80. House gets down to 70 in the winter at the coldest but usually 76 year round. I would like suggestions on the most cost effective and reliable brands. The one I have now is a 100watt marineland going strong but I was thinking of getting a 300 watt.
250W ought to be enough. I used to use and recommend Eheim Jager heaters but I've heard bad things about them lately. I liked Stealth heaters too but then they recalled those so I really don't know what to suggest. I'm using a marineland now but haven't had it long. I was unimpressed with the accuracy of the temperature dial (I have it set to 78 and am getting 80).
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250W ought to be enough. I used to use and recommend Eheim Jager heaters but I've heard bad things about them lately. I liked Stealth heaters too but then they recalled those so I really don't know what to suggest. I'm using a marineland now but haven't had it long. I was unimpressed with the accuracy of the temperature dial (I have it set to 78 and am getting 80).
Yeah my temperature dial never matches water temp. Its usually a couple degrees off. Always has been. But ive had this heater for 5 years and It still works.
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I use Aqueon Pro heaters. They are very reliable, and fairly inexpensive.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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The super cheap ones on ebay (Cll Pet supplies. 200 watt for 8$) work fine for me.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
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I have a 75W Cobalt "Neo-Therm" in my 20g and it easily maintains the water 10 degrees warmer than the room temperature. Mine is slim enough to fit inside my HOB filter! Love it, great quality and not made in China, but not the cheapest if that is a critical aspect.

Amazon.com: Cobalt Brand Plastic LED Neo-Therm Heaters for Aquarium, 200-watt: Pet Supplies
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I ordered a 200w aquatop heater off amazon.
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I have a 55g and use a Fluval E300, i like to think my heater doesn't need to work too hard. I think it is a good choice of heater for my tank.
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