Compact heater recommendation for Fluval EVO 13.5

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Hello - I’m venturing back into the hobby after a 15 year hiatus. Starting small - I went with an Evo 13.5. I’m looking for a recommendation on a solid compact heater for it. Based upon research, it looks like the Fluval M series May be a bit too long for the tank. I used to use eheim heaters and was looking at the Jager 50. But I’m not liking the reviews I am seeing. Would appreciate anyone’s thoughts. Thanks!
 
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Hello - I’m venturing back into the hobby after a 15 year hiatus. Starting small - I went with an Evo 13.5. I’m looking for a recommendation on a solid compact heater for it. Based upon research, it looks like the Fluval M series May be a bit too long for the tank. I used to use eheim heaters and was looking at the Jager 50. But I’m not liking the reviews I am seeing. Would appreciate anyone’s thoughts. Thanks!
50 or 100 watt aqueon or whatever brand it is that petco sales will fit in the chamber of those tanks.
 

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I recently moved on from an Evo 13.5 and had a Fluval M 50 watt in chamber 2. It was too tall to fit in chamber 3 with the return pump and the cover on, but I had some mangroves growing out of chamber 2 so I wasn't using the cover anyway. Ended up sticking it in chamber 2 with the mangroves because in 3 it was snug against the pump and creating some vibration noise. I really liked it for the Evo in that it kept a very reliable, consistent temperature. When I broke the Evo down I tossed it in my new 20 gallon and it's just a little weak for that, but I like the performance enough I'll just upgrade to the M 100 watt rather than look at other brands. Prior to this heater, I had one that cooked my tank, so being able to trust my heater was the biggest factor for me. But, like I said, not a great fit (although in my case that didn't matter due to the mangroves). There are definitely more compact options out there, but I'm afraid I don't have very recent experience with them.
 
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Thanks for your time and the advice. Due to size constraints I think I’m going to go with the cobalt. Any suggestions whether the 50 watt will do? Or should I go with 75 watt?
 
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So I’m still in the market for a compact heater to fit in chamber 3 with a sicce 1.0 pump. Seems as though the colbalts are discontinued. Anyone have any suggestions. Preferably looking for a 6 inch heating element but I may be able to go a little longer if I have to.
 
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