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  1. ryan1986

    ryan1986 Member

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    Ok so atm i have an aquaone heater in my tank.
    Let me put it politely its an unstable peice of shit, cant get it stable at 25 in mornings its been as low as 22.7.

    What is a GREAT, reliable brand heater for my new tank.
    I'd be aiming for 300w as its a 250L tank but I don't want big temp sways as I want my soon to be fish and coral happy.
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    I've had one ehime jager it was good but still had a sway in temps
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    I’ve been keeping freshwater and marine fish for 30 years.
    I swear by the Jaegers. I must admit, that for the last four years. My Teco chiller/heater, looks after my marine tank temp. But my Discus tank, heater is Jeager. I have a spare for the marine tank too.
    Are you confident. That your temp probe is accurate?
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    Temperature controller plus any heater :)
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    Atm I know it's the heater. Tank dropped to 22.7 it felt cool so i grabbed the floating hydrometer/temp guage and confirmed it was under 23.
    I checked temp on heater (set to 25) and I had to turn it to 30 before it turned on.

    By lunch was pushing 27.1 and to turn off the heater i had to turn it down to 24. And rechecked the temp it was turning on. And it turned on at 26. So the heater is screwed.

    I had a jager in my old jewel vision 260 and I used to get a little sway, but I haven't had a tank in over 4 years so i know alot has changed.
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    My budget isnt that high atm Sam you know me if i could aford a controller and everything I would. Atm ill get a quality heater and maby later if i can aford a controller I will.
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    Jäger.

    If the variation is really due to the heater then you'll probably get the same variation with any heater.

    I am about to buy another heater and will buy jäger unless I find a better one.

    I lost my jäger recently as the seal came loose and I was able to pull the element out of the glass tube...

    If you need 300 watts to heat a 250 L tank, I think something is wrong. Is your home super cold or draughty??? Maybe this is your problem??? 200 watts should be OK. Better to get two 100 watt Jagers and had place at each end of the tank.

    If you use a large wattage heater the heater comes on and off more frequently than if you use a smaller wattage heater, which is going to be heating for longer periods. You'll be working the switch less.

    Even better to go two smaller heaters than one big one.
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    The tanks a red sea max 250 so only has plug for 1 heater.
    My house isnt cold as said haven't had a tank in 4 years so i can't remember what watts per L is any good.

    The aquaone heater came with tank and I think its faulty. Hence want to replace it with a good heater but again not having fish for years wasnt sure if brands had changed and were better or worse then back then.
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    Add to that - if your *cheaper* heater fails (on or off) whats your stock loss going to be in terms of $$$?

    for somewhere between $50 and $100 you can have a controller that will control a quality heater (such as a ehiem) or titanium. Added Bonus as @Sam Parker says - the controller will also do a fan for warmer months.
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    you'll find you wont need to upgrade the heater itself once you have a controller. It's saving you money already :p
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    I have an stc 1000 from my hoe brewdays. Would it do the same job as the inkbird you posted Sam?
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    absolutely does. I actually use the STC-1000 myself, just recommend the inkbird to others as it is pre-wired :)
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    Is there any issue with the probe in the salt water??
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    not if it is the waterproof probe (plastic cap). The metal ones work fine, but will fail after about a year.

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