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Old 12-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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What WATT heater is required?

I have a 55 gallon. Not long ago I picked up a heater that stated it was good for 30-60 gallon. Well, it needs to be cranked up to nearly max in order to keep my tank at 76 o in the cold basement. I'm afraid it may burn out and I won't be able to get a replacement in time. I would like to be able to crank it up to 87 should I get an Ick outbreak, which the current one cannot do. What Wattage of heater should I get for a 55 gallon? I plan to keep the old one in there for redundancy. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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well whats the wattage of your current heater that should help you out and both heater going at once would help alot too
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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well whats the wattage of your current heater that should help you out and both heater going at once would help alot too
I'm not sure. The box in the store doesn't say and I don't have the paperwork anymore. It's either 200W or 300W. Likely the latter. I'm reading terrible reviews on this particular make of heaters. I may just take it out altogether.
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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im not sure exactly what wattage you'll need but i use the Aqueon Pro heaters i believe they go up to 250 Watts, but i don't know if that would be enough.

another option is getting say 2x 150 Watt heaters and run them both at the same time, that would give you 300W which is probably enough

edit: just did a quick search. The aqueon pro 200W is rated for up to 75 Gallons so a 250W seems like a good starting point to make sure it has enough power
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:31 PM   #5
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The size or wattage of the heater depends on the differance of room temperature to the desired tank temperature. Aqueon pro is great.that is what I use. http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/he...rsizeguide.htm
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:31 PM   #6
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I have my 55g in the garage here in Central Oregon...night temp is middle teens. I have two 150w heaters in different parts of the tank. If one goes beserk, it will not boil the fish by itself. The garage is insulated so not that cold...low 60's probably.
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I have my 55g in the garage here in Central Oregon...night temp is middle teens. I have two 150w heaters in different parts of the tank. If one goes beserk, it will not boil the fish by itself. The garage is insulated so not that cold...low 60's probably.
same for me here in jersey. 2x150s in opposite sides of the tank work well and can't handle the entire tank by itself.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:44 AM   #9
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Id Say youd be good a a 250 or 2 150s, ive got a 100Watt in my 29 and have the same Problem. My house isnt always a set temp so im going to get another, mine at max give me a temp of 79... Get on ASAP if you can.

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Old 12-17-2011, 11:04 PM   #10
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My general rule of thumb is 1.5 watts per litre of water hasn't let me down so far .
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