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Old 04-05-2007, 08:21 AM   #1
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Heater Help

I have a 75 gal community tank. The present heater in the tank is the third heater to go bad in the last year and a half. One heater just quit, the last two would not hold a temp. The present one worked very well for 8 months or so, but a week ago lost it's control, running up the temp 5 degrees over the original set point.

I have a large pleco in the tank that "rearranges" things, and I'm wondering if its thrashing around and banging the heater might be the cause.

The present heater is a Rena, and until this week kept the temp within about .2 degrees. Are there anu "bullit" proof, or in this case Pleco-proof heaters on the market?
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:39 AM   #2
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Inline is the way to go if you have a canister filter.

I use this:
http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lineheater300w

These inline heaters are awesome!.........I won't use anything else on my larger tanks.

BTW.......that is a pretty good price......I'm thinking of picking another one up.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:42 AM   #3
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I use Visi Therm Stealth heaters for all of my tanks.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I think I'll go with the inline for the 75. I might try the Visi on the 20 I'm trying to get set up. I've had problems with heaters in my 40, but the one there now is working OK.

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I'd say its taking a beating from him, I ha da big pleco that always loved beign by the heater for some reason, try a stealth there pretty nice and impact resistant, or a titanium heater would work well
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:31 PM   #6
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The titanium ones won't be broken by being slammed (I had an oscar break a heater once, cleaning the glass out sucked), but I'm not sure the thermostat on them would be any more durable. If you're losing temp control that would probably be the culprit.
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I never thought about the thermostat
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