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Old 03-01-2006, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about switching to a canister filter and a in-line heater. I can't remember where I read it, but I swear I did, that the Hydor 200w was rated for less than a 55 gal tank. I know alot of people with 55's are running the 200w. Would that be sufficiant, or should I go for the 300w.

Are there any other choice's beside's the Hydor, or is that about the best. Thank's.
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For $4 more, go with the 300. Drs Foster... has them on sale for $43.99. See here: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

I don't know if there are other brands of in-line heaters, but the Hydors have a good rep. Check them out in the 'Review' section. I own two and have been real happy with them.
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Pentair makes a Lifeguard in-line heater module. You purchase the module (which comes in two sizes to accommodate up to a 12", or up to a 24" long heater), and add the heater of your choice. If the heater fails, you replace the heater only. I used the heater that was already in my tank, and the setup has been working fine for over a year.
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My only worry with the Pentair Lifeguard is that the heater is held in place by compressing an o-ring around the heater itself. While the o-ring should not suffer from the heat I always felt uneasy that the glass heater may break and basically open the system and cause a beautiful flood.

That being said to me personally the Hydor in-line filters seem like a better choice. There are posts from folk that have used them, do a search for them. I haven't used one so I cannot really talk about them.

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Thank's guy's. I went ahead and ordered the one from the link. Oh ya, did I mention I got a new filter today too. I hate going to "Just look",,,and then come home with something.
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I am currently running a Hydor 200 watt in-line heater on my 125. Yes a 200 watt heater. Fit my Eheim that is also pumping my CO2 reactor as a second pump. The 300 which I thought would still be small wouldn't work with the 2215 Eheim I use. My LFS assured me that this little Hydor would work and it is doing a fine job of maintaining temp at 78 even with house down to 64 during the day.
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"... I always felt uneasy that the glass heater may break and basically open the system and cause a beautiful flood...."
--Nikolay
Couldn't you use one of the titanium heaters so that wouldn't be an issue?
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Rose,

I had one of the titanium heaters fail, making my tank literally glow from the heat. The canister filter hoses got soft which resulted in the hoses coming off the canister filter. A flood.

So I personally am predjudiced toward the titanium heaters

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True. I can see where that would make you a bit leery. I've also read that it's a good idea to put the things (all heaters/chillers) on an external temperature controller.

Of course, it gets to the point where you've got something like the Space Shuttle with quadruple back-up "failsafes" which as we know aren't always.
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