Best Saltwater Aquarium Heater? You choose!

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  1. noquarter64

    noquarter64 New Member

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    I'm just getting started. I plan on going with Neo Therm. Any idea how many heaters and what wattage I will need for a 120gal with a 30gal sump?
     

  2. sublime250

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    Jbj titanium heater with digital controller is good in theory.

    But I've replaced 75% of the units I've installed for clients due to failure of the heating element or controller.
     
  3. s2nhle

    s2nhle Valuable Member

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    You may go with 2 200W Neo therm. the reason for 2 is redundancy.
     
  4. Carlos Danger

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    Titaniums have my vote as well. I like the separate controller and temp sensor and always replace them after a couple seasons of use.
     
  5. Cherub

    Cherub Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    you replace the whole heater? Is that for the sensor or just cautious? I plan on using a controller for my temp control but I found this comment interesting. Do temp probes fail often for you?
     
  6. jasonrusso

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    The components aren't replaceable separately. There are 3 pigtails coming off the controller. One is the plug, one is the heater, and one is the temp sensor. You don't necessarily need to put the sensor and heater near each other.

    I lay mine flat in the sump and I don't have to worry about breaking one if I bump it. I let the thermostat in the heater do it's thing but I use the Apex to shut the outlet down if it malfunctions and gets too hot
     
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    gacolt JEEP STUFF Build Thread Contributor

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    eheim jager work great for me.
     
  8. Mark Gray

    Mark Gray Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor

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    Eheim Jager but use a controler
     
  9. mkutsch

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    I've been using a neo therm for basically the brunt of my nano/pico days--works by far better than anything else in that price range IME.
     
  10. ReeferSurf

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    I got a total of 90 Gal, 70G display.

    Using two eheim 200watt heaters, what is the recommended watt per a gallon for reef these days? Its winter here so about 3 degrees in the night to 17 degrees Celsius daytime.

    My Apex is reporting about an hr to get temps from 25.5 to 26. Daytime it takes 30mins.
     
  11. XNavyDiver

    XNavyDiver Insightful answer loading... please wait. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    My vote went to the titanium units. I went with two 200 watt Finnex controlled by the apex.
     
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    Cobalt
     
  13. gurumasta

    gurumasta Active Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    The Ehiem is great but it is mad long! Def put all heaters on a controller...
     
  14. vinny110

    vinny110 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    What about cobalt heaters? any good reviews on them?
     
  15. MT_is_a_Pisces

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    Can you run two heaters on a ReefKeeper or Apex? I plan on running 150W Eheim truetemp and 300w Finnex titanium for a 90G DT and 20G su.p
     
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    I'm happy with my jbj heater with temp controller
     
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    How long is it? How big is your tank? I need on for a 150 gallon system
     
  18. zach_discus

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    Jehmco Titanium heaters with a Rainbird controller.
     
  19. s2nhle

    s2nhle Valuable Member

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    Do you have pics of it? very interesting in this concept.
     
  20. Palyzoa

    Palyzoa Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award ETRC Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Aqueon Pro heaters work great for me!
     
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