Best Saltwater Aquarium Heater? You choose!

Discussion in 'General Equipment, Hardware, Filtration' started by revhtree, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. JBKReef

    JBKReef Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah I have the deviation set to 1 degree as well, I have two heaters plugged into the Ink Bird a 150Watt Eheim Jager and a 500Watt Titanium Finnex both are individually rated for over 100 gallons.

    Thanks for the info!
     

  2. Bouncingsoul39

    Bouncingsoul39 Well-Known Member

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    A 150w heater will not heat a 100 gallon tank efficiently or at all depending on the ambient room temp. Eheims ratings are funky and too low IME. We always run heaters at 3-5 watts per 5 gallons so even on the low end it would be 300w. The 500w is an appropriate size. I would try a couple experiments, one, unplug your inkbird and plug it back in after 10 seconds. Next, I'd try to run only the 500w for 48 hours and see what happens. Also, calibrate the inkbird to a thermometer making sure it's the same temp reading.
     
  3. Joseph Wright

    Joseph Wright Member R2R Supporter

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    Have had many problems with ehiem Jager. I’d never use them again. You should never have to calibrate any heater in my opinion. Learned the hard way these heaters are junk. Cost me my whole tank. Except for zoas and four fish(the inexpensive ones) . Never use them again.
     
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    JBKReef Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks I'll play around with it some. I have used three thermometers (Apex Temp Probe, cheap digital tank thermometer, kitchen thermometer) outside of the ink bird probe and they all were within .5 degrees of each other so I'm confident its accurate enough.

    I will run the finnex through the inkbird alone and and see if the variance closes.

    Thanks!
     
  5. [Cameron]

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    Eheim Jager. Every inexpensive heater with its own thermometer has a large variance in their accuracy. Most get lucky if theirs is "dead on balls" accurate. The Jager addresses this issue by allowing users to dial it in.

    Heaters and controllers fail. It is only a matter of time before a probe goes kaput, a controller board malfunctions or a heaters coil fails. It might be 1 month or 10 years but it eventually happens.

    We ran two that were 2w per gallon each, one set to 78 the other to 77 after being dialed in. Those were both put on their own Ink bird temperature controller set to 80 that is also dialed in (silicone the probes first). Prior to this setup we used an aquarium controller as a backup to the heaters thermostat. Unfortunately a Neptune controller failed to startup properly post power outage on a fellow reefer and his heaters never powered up. After that we started using two "dumb" temp controllers on two heaters. Cheap, effective and nearly foolproof.
     
  6. Scottsquatch

    Scottsquatch Glad to be back! R2R Supporter

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    Your being sarcastic I hope...
     
  7. 427HISS

    427HISS Valuable Member

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    I haven't heard of them before. How long have you used their products ?
    Likes, dis-likes ?
     
  8. saf1

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    I was looking at these heaters actually but they are limited in their range so wasn't sure how many I would need for my 240 gallon. Of course that wouldn't be the total water volume so maybe a pair of their 200 Watts would be fine. They look good although I caught their note for Apex users using plug 4 or 8. I'll have to read instructions and see what those ports are and why special.
     
  9. Furbabeez

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    What about Penn Plax Aquarium Heater?
     
  10. Nano101

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    Well, not a JBJ tru temp setup. Nuked my tank last week
     
  11. FLSharkvictim

    FLSharkvictim Marine Aquarist R2R Supporter Tampa Bay Reef Keepers

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    I run 2 200(w) Cobalt Aquatics Electronic Neo-Therm Submersible Aquarium Heaters in my 120 mixed reef and absolutely love them. In my opinion what separates them from the rest, is they have a super flat design with an easy to set "one touch" control system. The advanced electronic thermostat is accurate to ±0.5° and includes a LED that displays both the Set Temp and Tank Temp simultaneously and has a Set temperature range from 66° up to 96°. For ultimate safety and reliability, integrated thermal protection circuitry shut the heater down before it can overheat and its shatterproof outer casing make the Neo-Therms virtually indestructible. and they fit perfect in my sump with my @reef Octopus Regal Intl Protein Skimmer.

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  12. Blue Spot Octopus

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    ^^^^ I take it they have fixed the problems with the 200 watt unit. Are you using and independent controller with it as well?
    I was lucky to find a new old BNIB Via Aqua Titanium heater with the manual dial on it.. I also found a old BNIB the Ebo Jager 300 watt heater that was for a fresh water tank, it is green with a flat green wire to it.
     
  13. Bayareareefer18

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    I am running two 150s with my new build after seeing BRS rave about them. On another forum I read of many failures, not just isolated to the 200s, so but if mixed signals. I have a 300w jager also but it's huge so that stays in mixing barrel
     
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    For anyone that maybe looking for a new heater. My JBJ 1000w titanium just died on me today. Just a hair over a year old...probably wont be buying another one. Now have to find something more dependable.
     
  15. AZ Aquatics H20

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    Ehiem Jager by far. If I had to pick a second, I would say Finnex. a little work is needed in getting them calibrated, but once done they are spot on and long lasting
     
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    Even on the BRS store site the reviews are mixed with some reporting the case 'explodes' and leaks.
     
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    tastyfish Active Member UK Reef Club Member

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    Mirroring above comments on always having two working heaters and running with a controller!

    I switched from glass to Schego titanium heaters and haven't looked back since. Temperature swings used to be between 0.5-0.7C with glass, they are now 0.1C
     
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    I'm planning a nuvo 20 fusion, probably the peninsula version. I won't be buying a controller like apex or reef keeper for now, was wondering what people would recommend in terms of heaters - 2 cobalts (what wattage?) attached to an ink bird? Would one cobalt be ok? Is there another heater controller people prefer to the ink bird other than a real aquarium controller?
     
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  19. jasonrusso

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    I have an Aqueon pro heater. A 20 gallon only needs a 100w or maybe 150w depending on room temperature.

    Aqueon Pro has a lifetime warranty. I think it is titanium. I know that it isn't glass.
     
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