Best Saltwater Aquarium Heater? You choose!

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One of the most important and dangerous pieces of equipment to use in your reef is a heater! Get a good one and all is well. Get a bad one and you could kill your tank!

In your experience what is the BEST aquarium heater you have used for your reef to date and why?

 

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RULE 1: You must use a temperature controller, regardless of the brand of heater.

RULE 2: Use two heaters in your tank. This way, when one craps out (and it will) the other will maintain temperature, or at least close to temperature.

NOW, as far as choice of heaters:

I believe Ehiem Jager’s are the best. The glass on these things is real thick. The only problem is that they are long.

If you can’t fit a Jager, my second choice is Sera.
 
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Eheim Jager have always been my first choice. But, I have had to send a few of them back this year. :tsk:
 

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RULE 1: You must use a temperature controller, regardless of the brand of heater.

RULE 2: Use two heaters in your tank. This way, when one craps out (and it will) the other will maintain temperature, or at least close to temperature.

NOW, as far as choice of heaters:

I believe Ehiem Jager’s are the best. The glass on these things is real thick. The only problem is that they are long.

If you can’t fit a Jager, my second choice is Sera.
Could you explain temperature control to a noib?

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My experience:

I always use a temp controller. I've found Eheim Jager heaters to have the most inconsistant settings. I have 3 of them, and all are off. I finally had to throw one away over the weekend. Via Aqua titanium heaters have been the best I have personally used. The one I have on my cube has been going strong for almost 10 years now. The Hydor heaters seem to work really well also.
 
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I use three eheim jagers with a spare in reserve.
Two of them are enough to maintain the temperature, but one is not enough on it's own.

This way if a heater fails in the "on" position my display won't overheat or if it fails in the "off" position I still have the other two to maintain the temperature.
I do not trust the thermostats and verify the temperature with a thermometer.
 
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I use three eheim jagers with a spare in reserve.
Two of them are enough to maintain the temperature, but one is not enough on it's own.

This way if a heater fails in the "on" position my display won't overheat or if it fails in the "off" position I still have the other two to maintain the temperature.
I do not trust the thermostats and verify the temperature with a thermometer.
So do you just set the thermometer 2 max temperature and let the controller decide when to turn them on and off

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Could you explain temperature control to a noib?

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I'm talking about one of the many controllers that control your entire system. I personally use a ReefKeeper myself, but there are many other options out there. The ReefKeeper controls not only my temperature, but also my lights and pumps, and everything else.
 
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WOW mixed reviews so far!
 

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Haven't used a heater in years on my 72 bowfront. I run halides but the tank is my my living room and I was always scared to run one without a controller. I'm hoping to get a controller for Xmass, and will add one for more stability then. I'm also getting 2 LED units so the tank may need more heat without the halides.
 
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