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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 282
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 11:06 am:       

Which is the better route: A single heater that's got enough wattage to heat the whole tank, or 2 smaller heaters positioned at either end of the tank?
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russ
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Username: rsaqua

Post Number: 2664
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 12:58 pm:       

John,

The basic premise behind the use of two heaters (even if a single heater is available to handle the tank) is that if one heater fails, then the other will still keep the tank relatively warm. The other reason for having two heaters of lower wattage each (that have a combined wattage sufficient to handle the tank), that if one heater malfunctions and the contact points 'stick' together, causing the heater to continually stay on, then the one heater alone will not boil your fish. I suppose there are special circumstances and specialty applications for having two heaters, such as unusual tank shapes, mere size and volume of a tank, etc.. However, in the case of very large volumes, there are different heaters available to handle this.

Anyway, (and don't let my personal preferences sway you on this choice) for standard sized aquariums, I would opt for a single heater of very good quality (regardless of price).

I guess I should have asked this first, but Mr. hind sight is one of my bestest friends who I allow the benefit of doubt. What size aquarium do you plan to heat?


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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 284
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 01:12 pm:       

You don't read topic titles much do you?

(I'll be heating a 60 US gallon aquarium).
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russ
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Username: rsaqua

Post Number: 2665
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 01:42 pm:       

Hee hee. In that case, I stick by my original (although personal) preference of a single heater of very good quality. Using a submersible heater will also allow you to position the heater directly in the flow of water returning from your filter. This will move warmer water throughout the tank.


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark....Professionals built the Titanic.
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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 285
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 01:47 pm:       

That's what I was planning, just wanted to confirm my thoughts (I know some prefer the 2 heater method, wasn't sure of the reasoning behind it). I have the Fluval 404 as a filter and am planning to put the heater in the flow of returning water.

Thanks Russ!
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Sully
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Username: sully

Post Number: 7902
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 01:54 pm:       

oh, oh, oh....a single heater is more than sufficient. That was for a 60 gallon, right? lol.
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russ
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Username: rasaqua

Post Number: 3516
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 03:17 pm:       

I swear, its the new prescription on my glasses. Yep, thats it!
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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 286
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 03:43 pm:       

Sully. lol
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phil demkowski
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Username: phil

Post Number: 23
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 07:47 pm:       

they make filters with a built in heater at the place i get my supplies never tested 1 out 2 c how it works tho
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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 297
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 11:11 am:       

Is a 150 watt heater enough for 60 gallons? I keep finding conflicting information on how many watts per gallon to use, ranging from 2 WPG to 5 WPG. Help, please!!
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russ
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Username: rasaqua

Post Number: 3560
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 12:11 pm:       

Go with at least 200 watts.


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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 299
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 02:07 pm:       

Thanks Russ.
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colleen
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Username: swirl360

Post Number: 287
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 05, 2006 - 10:41 pm:       

I highly recommend the RenaCal TopLight Excel. I have one on my 10gal and have been very happy with it. It is very easy to ready and there is never a fluctuation in temperature.
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John D
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Username: john_d

Post Number: 301
Registered: 02-2005
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 10:44 am:       

Thanks Colleen, I'll check it out.
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