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I'm very paranoid about leaks. The design in which the glass heater is going through the cordgrip allows for easy adjustment of the temperature and the assembly is very easy.

But I personally would put the entire heater inside the housing and have only the electric cord come out of the whole contraption. Since there will be good water flow in this DIY chamber if the heater ever breaks close to the cordgrip the tank will empty in a matter of minutes.

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The metal heater sure looks like it's the perfect heater. But it's not. I had one of them overheat badly, soften the hoses of the canister filter and the outflow hose separated from the canister. 50 gals. of water shot out of the filter all over the floor in a matter of minutes.

That was the time when I started to get paranoid about aquarium leaks (and dirty carpet too, haha).

But the Titanium heaters have round cables (easy seal with the plastic water seal gizmo part), not all heaters do.

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