Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-06-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
AA Team Emeritus
 
happygirl65's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Posts: 1,358
heater issues

Hello all,

I am wanting to upgrade my tank heater (currently using a cheapy one)

It seems to do the job ok, as long as NO ONE touches, bumps, or breathes in it's general direction. The control knob is extremely sensitive and I have had to be checking it constantly. It is very easy to bump it inadvertantly and has been a battle to maintain a balanced temp the last few days. I check it every couple of hours and it will either be creeping to warm or not warm enough.

So I thought I would ask you fine folks what you think about the heaters that are out there. Are there some that are not so easy to bump?

What are your thoughts on in-line heaters (I currently use a magnum 350 cannister filter)

It seems that some submersible heaters have built in thermostat...anyone use one of these?

I am looking for a reliable heater, not TOO expensive but good quality. (preferably not in excess of $50.00)

So tell me what you use/have used and why you do or do not like them if you would.

I am going to town tomorrow and would like to pick one up then but would like to hear from anyone who has an opinion one way or the other first if at all possible.

Thanks so much!
[/quote]
__________________

__________________
happygirl65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 02:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
JDogg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 2,294
i like THIS ONE
__________________

__________________
Just because I am working at Petco does not mean I am a sell out, they are still an evil empire, that I am trying to make better.
75 Gallon: New World Cichlids|26 Gallon Bowfront: Planted Angelfish/Swordtail Tank|20 Gallon Long: "Nano" non-reef|10 Gallon: frog and mosquito fish
JDogg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 02:22 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 155
i've only had it for about a month, but the marineland visi-therm stealth heater is awesome. spot on temperature and against the black background, i hardly notice it. the only downside is that there isn't a light to tell me if its on or off, but from what i've read about it, that's hardly an issue.

plus, if you get on petsmart.com you can order or price match one, 250 watts for $20.

Petsmart- Stealth Heater
__________________
scalesojustice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 03:07 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 305
I need to second scalesojustice...my old heater sounds rather like yours. I got a visi-therm stealth on various recommendations and I love it. Granted, I also have only had it for a month or so but it has been great. Keeps the tank stable within a degree or two. Only down side is it doesn't have a light to tell you it's working.
__________________
fish 'n' fries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 03:34 PM   #5
Algae Fighter
 
JustOneMore20's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,872
Send a message via MSN to JustOneMore20
I love Visitherm Stealth heaters. I have one in each of my 55g tanks and one in my 29g...and they do an excellent job of keeping the temp stable. They automatically shut off when out of water. I know this to be true because when I do 50% water changes, some of the heater is out of water and it doesn't make the sizzling noise that other heaters do when they are out of water and then get wet again (if that makes sense).

If you want to spend the money, get the inline heater. I have heard lots of good things about them and it gets the heater out of the tank (less clutter in the tank). If I could afford one, I'd get one for my 55g planted.
__________________
~Kristin~
2 planted tanks: 40g, 20g ; 38g Reef tank
My links to pics: 40g breeder planted build, 40g breeder planted update, My 38g Reef Build

JustOneMore20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 04:22 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
QTOFFER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kew Gardens, NY
Posts: 4,295
IMO, you can't beat the Visitherm heaters for the price. A 250W should suit your needs nicely. I notice you're from Montana - you may want to consider getting two 150W heaters or one 300W for those cold winter nights.
__________________
QTOFFER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 09:24 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fishyfanatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Illinois
Posts: 11,964
I also love the Visi-Therms. It is the only type that we use.
__________________
Vote for Aquarium Advice

29 Gallon Lake Malawi Fry
55 Gallon Community
150 Gallon Lake Malawi Cichlid
Fishyfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 10:22 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
I've heard great things about the Hydor inline heaters from a lot of folks on the board that use them. The only thing that I would check into if you want one is the diameter of the tubing on your Magnum filter- there is a brand of canister that doesn't fit and I can't remember which one. I haven't used the VisiTherm heaters but again, I have heard lots of good things. I use quite a few Ebo Jagers at the store I work for and they seem really good. In fact, I think I'll be replacing one of my heaters with a Jager tomorrow after work, jsut because it is readily available to me.

Good luck!
severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2006, 11:10 PM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
happygirl65's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Posts: 1,358
Hey! Thank you, to all who replied!

I did end up going with the Visi-Therm Stealth model and I really do like it. It keeps a steady temperature MUCH better than my old one. And I love how you can not even see it against the black background.

Thanks so much!
__________________
happygirl65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2006, 11:39 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: California & Tokyo
Posts: 388
Send a message via AIM to Pleco Send a message via Yahoo to Pleco
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDogg
i like THIS ONE
I have that same heater, i had no clue it was fully submersible though lol I always saw the "water line here" line and didnt think i could submerse it.

-Pleco
__________________
"Well I don't have anything else planned for today, let's get drunk!"
Pleco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2006, 11:57 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Lonewolfblue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Posts: 8,435
Send a message via ICQ to Lonewolfblue Send a message via Yahoo to Lonewolfblue
Quote:
Originally Posted by severum mama
I've heard great things about the Hydor inline heaters from a lot of folks on the board that use them. The only thing that I would check into if you want one is the diameter of the tubing on your Magnum filter- there is a brand of canister that doesn't fit and I can't remember which one. I haven't used the VisiTherm heaters but again, I have heard lots of good things. I use quite a few Ebo Jagers at the store I work for and they seem really good. In fact, I think I'll be replacing one of my heaters with a Jager tomorrow after work, jsut because it is readily available to me.

Good luck!
Yes, the Hydor inlines are excellent filters. Even after letting mine accidentally boil off, no damage was done. Then when I read up on them, short periods of no water won't hurt them. But I don't want to do that again, lol. Yes, they hold the temp very stable as well.
__________________
55G Filstar XP3 - 16" Fire Eel
75G Medium Planted - Filstar XP3 Low Light - Established Feb 2006
Lonewolfblue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2006, 04:06 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Utah USA
Posts: 865
Via-aqua stainless steel or titanium are my favorite. The temp control is out of the water and the temp sensor is not attached to the heating element. Plus, there is no way you are going to break them. They are around the same price as the visitherms.
__________________

__________________
Long live the UGF!
Apocalypse_Gold is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eat, eater, heater

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A few issues stan450z Saltwater & Reef - Identification 5 03-11-2009 07:44 AM
RO/DI issues boxxmann General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 01-11-2009 10:02 PM
Ph Issues Again GouramiFanatic Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 12-02-2005 12:47 PM
Ya know I think my heater died o.o -- Disposal issues.... Puriti Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 08-29-2005 05:23 PM
Heater issues in FO 46 gallon?? Phiberop Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 8 02-02-2004 12:30 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.