Hi all, I'm going with the 150W Ebo Jager ....I chose it because it has a longer track record than the titanium tubes and it sounds like the best heater out there in terms of accuracy and also sturdiness. Thanks for all your suggestions and comments.
Oh yes - I think I would much rather rely on 2 small heaters than one large one. 2 small ones will also be more efficient since they can be placed on opposite ends of the tank. That discussion is more heated among Discus owners since they keep their tanks so warm and subsequently burn through a lot of heaters.
Aside from a smaller tank (less than 55g), I think two heaters are a much better idea. Only downside is slightly higher cost (for the Via Aqua Ti series, 2 150w heaters for $25.98 rather than $16.99 for a single 300w) and more clutter in the tank.
- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage
Well, if you want the very best, it may be the Eheim Pro2 thermofilter... too new to know of any problems that anyone has had, I have one, it works.
The heater part is like the bottom of an electric kettle, super duper heating element. I'd espect any problems to occur in the sensor or temp readout where you dial in the set temp and read the true tank temp.
Being electronic heaters, I am surprised that a thermostat can get "stuck". I would expect that with the cheaper bi-metal ones, but not with an electronically controlled heater... I could be wrong though.
The problem with two heaters in one tank is that normally one of them is going to do 90% or more of the work. Unless you have a temperature control unit. There are slight variations in the thermostats on each unit. So one of them is almost always going to be the one that does most of the work.
Whoa.... so the old saw about two heaters to divide the load and not cook the fish is a myth? So, with two half sized heaters, one undersized unit works most of the time and the other hardly at all?
Hmm, I may be seeing that in the big new tank, one light seems to be on a lot, the other not much if at all. Guess I need to check the temp settings and be sure that theother one is turned so that I can see the light if it is on.!