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Old 01-13-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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What size heater will get it done?

Im looking into a Stainless steel heater for a tank that will have ~115gallons of water volume. What wattage will best handle this task? Im thinking the 300w one will work (largest they have) but do you think I need more than one?
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i have just a regular 200w heater on my 55 gallon, so i think you might need a bigger one. im not familiar with steel heaters if they work better than normal.

just like how a 15 watt incondescent is weaker than a 15 watt flourescent, may be the same for heaters. that or i just threw everyone off
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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Generally, 3-5 watts per gallon should suffice. Aim for the higher portion of that range if you have the aquarium somewhere cool such a a basement. Or, you could do the lower end if the general area always runs warm or if you are going to light the aquarium with lamps that throw a good deal of heat.
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:24 PM   #4
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My aquarists recommend 2 smaller heaters rather than 1 large heater. This way if one heater goes belly up the other one can provide most of the heat needed. How about 2-200watt SS heaters for your tank?
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thast what i would reccomend. 2 200 watts will keep a very stable ttemperature aswell as keep the heat spread over the whole aquarium evenly. if placed at opposite ends.
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Thanks for the move. I will go with the 2 smaller heaters. Sounds like it will be the safer move.

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115 x 5 is 575. The general rule of thumb is 5 watts per gallon, but that will vary depending on your average room temperature.

I would go for 2 250W heaters. Place them on either side of the tank.
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