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Ep14: Reef tank temperature, redundancy and management. | BRS/WWC System

When did your first heater fail?

  • Less than 6 months

    Votes: 6 13.3%
  • Less than 1yr

    Votes: 3 6.7%
  • 1- 1.5yrs

    Votes: 4 8.9%
  • <2yrs

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • <3yrs

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Over 3yrs

    Votes: 3 6.7%
  • 4yrs or more

    Votes: 4 8.9%
  • Never

    Votes: 23 51.1%

  • Total voters
    45

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Happy Friday R2R's!

If you didn't think there could be a whole episode on temperature control for a simple and stable reef tank, Ryan has proved you wrong. :p

Today he discusses ways to manage temp in the tank to maintain stability, prevent catastrophe and provide an environment for the tank's corals and fish that keep them happy and healthy!

 
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I have a heater i got with my tank used 4 years ago and the thing still works i took it off the tank a few weeks ago and now it gets used for heating fresh saltwater. Wish i knew what brand it was.
 

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Missing option: Never!

I replace my heaters yearly, so I haven't experienced a failure in tank yet. I use Eheim Jager heaters and consider their yearly replacement a cost of maintenance. Spread out over twelve months, it's a $5 a month cost to replace my two heaters. I save the two I pull from my system and use one to heat my water change water, and store the other as a back up. The previous two I had as back up /water change heaters go into the trash.
 

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Added for you. :)
Thanks :) While not for me I also voted never. Never say never, right? Fail safe and backups are important so thanks for taking the time to put this together. Have a great weekend!

Edit: BTW - what are the tiny fish in the tank behind Ryan? Seems like whatever they are you have a bakers dozen easy in there :D
 

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Of all the polls we have ever done I think this one is the most interesting to me lol. I seriously hate heaters :(
 

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Of all the polls we have ever done I think this one is the most interesting to me lol. I seriously hate heaters :(
Ever consider a closed loop tied into your water heater? Higher upfront cost in exchange for potentially more reliability?
 

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What was the all black ones that would explode? I can't recall the name but there was a recall, in fact the recall got so big that big al's (chain fish store) would take them back with no receipt / questions asked. I had one of those explode, thankfully it was in a mixing tank. Other then that I've had some die but always in off. Usually what I do is tape the date on my heaters and I try and replace them about every 2 years. If they are still in good shape I will use them for less essential tasks, such as qt.
 

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On my 120 gallon, I run a single heating element on an aqua logic digital controller. Believe it or not, the heater itself is an old visitherm I've had since the 1990s. Obviously I don't use its internal thermostat at all. As far as the aqua logic, I'm on my second controller. The first one lasted about 15 years.

This tank has an apex unit on it, and yes it is set to message me if the temp goes out of range. I'm never away for long, so it cannot go too nuts if something fails.

On my smaller tank, and for my salt water mixing container, I use a generic controller and any old submersible heater with a bimetal thermostat. Heater set to max, controller set to 78F. This controller fails to 'off', and it's a big bright red display in a project box sitting on top of the canopy. When that fails, I see it reading 'err' within a few hours, and it generally means it's time to wire in a new thermocouple.
 

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I've never had a 'good' heater fail. A cheapo that came with a Tetra tank kit failed but it wasn't doing anything critical at the time, just heating a salt mix. I'm guessing <2 years on that one so that was my vote.
Currently running 2 x 300W Finnex Titanium, Inkbirds for failsafe high temp shutoff, and plugged into different EB8s. Apex actually does the temp control - using each heater in 12 hour 'shifts'. The heaters have been in use 3+ years now so I should be on the lookout for a sale!
 

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I use eheim Jagers and the only one that failed was because it was in my tank cabinet and my wife confused it with the vacuum cleaner and cooked it lol

My jagers are years old and I’ll be using them on my next reef BUT have ordered a thermostat to control them.
 

How often do you have some type of algae issue?

  • Constantly Something

    Votes: 244 42.4%
  • Every Month

    Votes: 32 5.6%
  • Every Few Months

    Votes: 70 12.2%
  • A Few Times A Year

    Votes: 82 14.2%
  • Once A Year Or So

    Votes: 61 10.6%
  • Every Few years

    Votes: 29 5.0%
  • Never.....(are you lying?)

    Votes: 38 6.6%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 20 3.5%

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