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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 12:33 AM
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This is possibly off-topic, but I see a couple comments about inline heaters - I was thinking of getting one but haven't exactly seen a plethora of comments. I've seen several positive tidbits on the Hydor ETH line...

My main concern is that if the heater exploded (or less extreme, malfunctioned) the stand could catch fire instead of just damaging the tank and/or its inhabitants. Any insight from those using them? Is/was that a concern of yours as well?
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...hydror is plastic and nothing glass based. I think there is always a risk. I read online that only very very few had an issue with temps with the hydror. But nothing about bursting.

Im kinda scared like you, but id rather have a hydror than a heater in my tank.

If it does explode and catch on fire, the water flow will probably put the fire out lol.
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I went with an inline heater b/c since it's not submerged it's much less risk should it fail.

Not to mention it's an ugly thing out of the tank.

I've never had issues with mine, and I'm never looking back.

During the winter we keep the house 72-73F. I keep my tanks 78-80F, since during the summer they run 80-82F due to living in SW Florida...

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Well I thought mine would be a unique and entertaining anecdote. It didn't take much research to find many similar tales of Marineland Stealth heaters failing and exploding. As it turns out, it may have had nothing to do with it being under the gravel (though I still wouldn't recommend it). A potential manufacturer defect may have made the failure inevitable. I'm just glad I didn't lose any livestock or other equipment.

I live in Texas. In Winter, the thermostat is set to 60 degrees during the day, 70 at night. In summer, it's 75 at night and 85 during the day. In any event, my tank heaters aren't asked to work too hard (set at 78). On smaller tanks, I have more trouble keeping the water cool.
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Go with a inline heater if you have a canister filter, you wont be sorry.


Since my new Eheim crapped out for no apparent reason two weeks into use, I'm too paranoid to use JUST an inline heater. My fish would have frozen had I done so.

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sadly, Id rather have frozen fish than a huge mess when I get home.
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Im thinking it wasnt the heaters fault--they arent supposed to be placed under the substrate. I wouldnt do that with any heater designed like that. They need to have water flow around them. That would be similar to being upset that your inline heater died because you shut off the canister filter and left the heater on.
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post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 12:33 AM
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What about touching the glass? I have a Marineland 10W mini heater in my 0.9 gallon Marina cubus tank. I'm in the process of scaping it and found that by building a little wall near the back of the tank, I can keep the heater hidden and not buried in the gravel if it's parallel to the bottom. Problem is, At 6 inches wide, the tank is pretty small even for this little heater. With the cord presses up against one side of the tank, the bottom of the heater is pressed up against the other side.

What do you all think? To risky?
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Ouch, glad nothing serious happened. I used to keep mine in the corner and hidden behind some plants or wood (rearranged it a bunch).
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It didn't take much research to find many similar tales of Marineland Stealth heaters failing and exploding. As it turns out, it may have had nothing to do with it being under the gravel (though I still wouldn't recommend it). A potential manufacturer defect may have made the failure inevitable.
I don't recommend burying a heater either, but if it was going to explode anyway, you have to admit that being under the gravel was probably about the safest place.

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I need to ask a silly question!
What temperatures do everyone keep their homes at?
I think you've already gotten your answer but I too keep my house at about 60F during the winter months. Heaters are a necessity for many.

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