Welcome to AquariaCentral.com

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be entering into a wonderful world of aquatic information, for all aquarists, no matter what their experience level.

Our members will do their best to help you in your aquarium endeavors. We have a vast assortment of Forums to dive into:

-General Freshwater
-Marine and Brackish area
-Terrarium and Vivariums
-Coldwater
-DIY, Classifieds, Members Tanks Photographs and more.

We even have a general area, that is just as much fun as the rest of the Community, for off topic discussions and a real-time chat room for instant advice!

Joining Aquaria Central has numerous benefits, but the best, is our 112,000+ members, helping one another in this fascinating hobby!

Register now, and be sure to check out our scheduled contests with exciting prizes!

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! !

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Welcome to the Internet's friendliest aquatic forum!

- Team AC

Sign Up
  1. Hello Guest, Welcome back to AquariaCentral don't forget to setup your avatar! --> http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/index.php?account/avatar

Question about heaters?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by TheFishBoss97, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    Hey guys,

    SO my 20G 100 watt aqueon heater just failed. Its not heating or anything, I turned all the dials while it was in my hand and plugged in, and the result was nothing as it didn't even warm my hand a tiny bit. It was past the 1 year warranty:( It came with a 20G kit from petco....................So I am having a hard time choosing heaters.............

    I am buying a new one, and since prices between 150 watt-300 watt only differ by $2-$5

    I am thinking of going bigger as in the future, I may just run only larger tanks with dividers for cost efficiency...........

    Heaters I currently Have

    -Ebo Jager 250 Watt(on my 72G)
    -Fluval M 200 Watt(on my 29G)
    -Aqueon 100 Watt(on my 10G)

    And thats it:(

    So, I have 2X 10Gs sitting around, and getting another 29G soon..........so a question.


    These are my options:

    Buy a 300 watt Fluval M
    and then.........

    300 Watt Fluval M on my 72G
    250 Watt Ebo Jager on my 29G
    200 Watt Fluval M on my 20G
    100 Watt Aqueon on my 10G

    OR

    Buy another 200 Watt Fluval M
    and then.......

    250 Watt Ebo Jager on my 72G
    200 Watt Fluval M on my 29G
    200 Watt Fluval M on my 20G
    100 Watt Aqueon on my 10G

    OR

    Buy a 150 Watt Fluval M
    and then........

    250 Watt Ebo Jager on my 72G
    200 Watt Fluval M on my 29G
    150 Watt Fluval M on my 20G
    100 Watt Aqueon on my 10G



    I am leaning towards the first one............bc it is getting quite cold here in SJ, CA.............and I feel that 250 watts is very underrated for that size tank......isn't the rule 4-5 watts per gallon and if its the colder time of year, It would be 5 watts per gallon meaning it should be 5X72 which is 360 watts.......but i have 250 watts, it doesn't get super cold, so 300 watts would be better, correct?

    and on the lower end, 4X72 is 288 watts which also rounds up to 300 watts.......so im assumign i should have 300 watts minimum?

    the tank was started in april so i haven't experienced cold with the heater yet.........soon though as in 1-2 weeks it'll be quite cold

    thanks!other options are welcome

    btw, the fluval M 150 watt is the CHEAPEST OUT OF ALL OF THEM:)

    http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-M-200-...Q0WM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1321812854&sr=8-2
     
  2. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    also, i will be ordering within the next 12 hours.............;) thanks!:)
    free shipping so that doesn't matter............
     
  3. sora1600

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    923
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    CA
    Last Seen:
    Jan 27, 2015
    I'm not sure but I've always liked visi therms and they have worked for 3+ years. Is price a problem? Best to get the more expensive ones so they last longer if price isn't a factor.
     
  4. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    Price isn't an issue...........let me search them up

    they are cheaper than the fluval ones..........so i think i'll stick with fluvals........i had seen those earlier, but i think fluvals look nicer(although looks don't matter), but the fluvals are a bit more expensive, and seem to perform better i guess? idk.

    but for sure, NO fluval Es........as 1/2 of the reviews have major issues with the heater

    as it doesn't function while the colorful lights and other decorative stuff(unnecessary) function
     
  5. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid AC Members

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2011
    Messages:
    2,364
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    NY
    Last Seen:
    Mar 18, 2015
    I like the Visitherms and Finnex's, I have a dead Aqueon too, they're suppose to have a lifetime warranty though, haven't gotten around to trying to get a replacment though.
     
  6. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    oh, okay? I didn't know as it came in a kit

    it said 1 year warranty in the circle thing on the box.........but maybe that was hte min. for all of them?

    idk, i shall see;) but even then, i'll get the replacemnt, but by the time it gets here, the fish will be dead
    i have prime shipping on amazon so it should get here by wed.
     
  7. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    any other input from u guys?

    im ordering by 8pm today;)
     
  8. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid AC Members

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2011
    Messages:
    2,364
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    NY
    Last Seen:
    Mar 18, 2015
    From Aqueon's website : All Aqueon heaters are guaranteed for life. Probably 1 year for filter and light.

    Seems like the Aqueon's have a high failure rate though I won't buy anymore I will get my replacment and keep it as a spare. The Fluval's seem decent with good reviews probably what I would go with out of your choices. I have inline on my 90g, finnex on my 40b and 29g salt, visitherm on my 29, aqueon on my 10. Also a couple older Eheim's in the closet. Finnex is great dont have to stick your hand in the tank to change temp's, visitherm is easy to read vs say the aqueon heaters I have to take out of the tank to read the adjustments. Finnex is kind of pricey though I think they're a little more then the Fluval's.
     
  9. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    awesome;)
    so i shall get a replacement:D

    but:( I kind of disassembled the whole thing, oh well;)
    i will try to put it back together.........and keep it as a back up or start up a 10G again;)
     
  10. TheFishBoss97

    TheFishBoss97 AC Members

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,613
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    High School
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Last Seen:
    Mar 21, 2014
    noone else?:(
    well, im ordering at 9 which is when my mom gets home with credit card;)

    any other input?
     

Share This Page