General Heaters

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  1. Susan Bates

    Susan Bates Member

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    Hi I have to buy new heaters, the power keep tripping out all weekend and i found one of the heaters was to blame, are heater just that ........ heaters, or is there a good and bad brand please?
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    You'll find that better quality ones will last longer. I'm using a wireless one from fish street at the moment, it's good because it sends me updates of the tanks temp as I don't have an aquarium controller. Time will tell how long it lasts. Most people will suggest Eheim as they are a reputable brand and their heaters are known to last
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    I use an atc800 as controller and ehiem jager.
    Wanting to upgrade to titanium heater one day though, much more efficient.
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  4. Ben Daley

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    I prefer titanium heaters.
    Some of the advantages: less moving parts, no glass to break, smaller form factor, can put the temp probe away from the heater...

    I understand using a temp controller along with a heater + thermostat is a popular option for redundancy.
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  5. Savage Henry

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    I use the Eheim Jagers without fail. But, some of mine are getting a bit old and have some condensation inside. I am also looking to buy new ones, the best and long lasting the better, so I am following this thread.

    Are the titanium heater all high wattage or can you get smaller wattage for say a 200 L tank?

    What are the better brands for Titanium?
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    Will look st these.
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    I had a 300W Weipro (model before this: http://www.fish-street.com/weipro_mx1021_300w_ic_heater_for_aquarium_1) on a 200L tank.
    It was in use for a year and never missed a beat. I have seen smaller ones too, but they have thermostats built in (defeats the purpose IMO).
    My Weipro has a swing of 1℃ - it replaced an Eheim Jager that would swing ~3℃.
    My current tank has 2 x 300w Weipros controlled by Apex (temp swing of 0.4℃) - I plan to get a second temp probe for redundancy before the end of the year.

    I've had a pair of the Aquael easy heaters (150w) too. Love the form factor of these (they are very slim) but had issues with the thermostats on both - they were purchased together so they may have just been from a bad batch.

    Anyway, apologies for a long post - wanted to share my experiences (I think temp swing is important :)) - haven't had anything running past a year so can't weigh in on the long term durability.
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    I've used Eheims for 40 years and they've always been good to me. I just purchased 2 titanium heaters to give a go, time will tell. I've tried Marineland which are junk, if you get a year out of them, consider yourself lucky. Supreme was the same, 1-2 years and they were done. I also use Inkbird controllers on all of my tanks, it's a little extra layer of protection.
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  10. slin1977

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    Also used Sera heaters - they are good and a solid recommendation
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  11. Scottrotton

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    Watch this



    Basically answers your question, i have a titanium and jager

    the temp controller on my titanium fluctuates 1C before it kicks in so looking to upgrade it for something within 0.1C range
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    Be very carefull with old heaters. I used a old one at the start of winter with disasterus results. I plugged it in for a second out of water to see if it heated up all good. Threw it in a home made plastic sump on a breeding rack, and adjusted the rubber mounts. I had just pulled my hands out when the whole heater went white and blew up with a big bang as i still had my head down near the sump. After my heart reset the 60lts of the sump started draining out onto the floor as it had burnt a hole in the sump. It was plugged in to a good quality power board with earth leakage also the house had earth leakage, so i was baffled why it did not trip. I spoke to my sparky and he told my because it was a two pin plug it has no earth and it was double insulated, but leaked. I got on line and ordered two Eheims for both my tanks, I am so lucky i did not still have my hands in the sump.
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