08-11-2018, 10:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
| | Reliable aquarium heaters?
I would like to know what brand(s) of aquarium heaters might be reliable? I've bought several different brands, some digitally controlled, some the "old" style, and they all seem to break within a couple of years (break as in stop functioning correctly, not breaking the element).
I thought Rena was one of the better ones but three of those have failed on me, and I've had Jager, Visi-Therm, Top Fin, Marineland, and Tetra to name a few of the brands I've used over the years. I believe I've had all of those brands fail me.
I would rather not have to set up some sort of warning system to let me know when the temperature overshoots or undershoots the setting by a few degrees but maybe that is something I also need to do in addition to getting a reliable heater.
The first aquarium I plan to set up again is a 90 gallon freshwater one, in case that matters. I am not opposed to using two lower wattage units for a more even heat, and maybe a third one as a backup heater in case one of the others stops heating.
So what I'm asking for is recommendations based on your experiences with a certain brand/model of heater that has worked for you for several years, not one that is working fine but you've only had for 6 months. And, if any of you use some sort of protective device to make sure your tank doesn't get overheated, I will consider one of those, too. What I don't want to see is my fish get "cooked" or die from lack of heat for a few days. I've lost some small fish that way before and I would prefer to not repeat that experience.
I don't need digital control but that is a nice feature, being able to set the temperature without playing back and forth with an analog control. Submersible is est for me but I can live with the type that has its top out of the water.
Thanks in advance.