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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best aquarium heater by far and why?
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Probably Ebo Jager. But for the money, I personally feel you can't beat the new Titanium Heaters from ViaAqua with external temp control. No glass to break and easy-to-use external temperature adjustment dial.

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Titanium tube, by Via Aqua... just as Sam mentioned.

Beware... I have seen them in LFS for 3x more expensive than @ online places.
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The titanium ones are great, I have two of the won brothers heaters. For glass heaters Ebo-Jagers are my favorite by far. Very accurate.
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What do you guys think of Big Al's brand?

They have them on sale for $4.99 for either the 50 or 100 watt model.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/cgi-bin/...273.1072799273

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never used them, never heard anything about them either.
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hi all, can't find the viaaqua titanium tubes but ebo-jagers are easy to find. I'm going for those, thank you for your replies...

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Big Als sells them. I would always prefer an electronic over a mechanic one (bi-metal switch). Not sure if the Ebo is electronic.
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oh cool thanks, so this is the best heater out there? no problems with malfunctioning?? solid construction??

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I don't know if they are the best, Ebo-Jager has that rep. No problems malfunctioning, solid construction. No glass to break. Good price. Easy to choose temp. Precise. Like it :mrgreen:
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let's see, it's connected to a digital thermometer?? are there specific temperature adjustments on the nobs or is temperature selected digitally?

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Digital thermometer? No. You select the temperature on a separate dial (not integrated into heater). The temperature sensor is also seperate, so it is not affected that much by the heater itself.
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There is a temperature probe that you mount inside the aquarium so the temperature control unit can monitor water temp. You set the temperature and (depending on heater size, in watts, versus tank size, in gallons) the unit controls the titanium-cased heating unit in the tank.
I also have never personally tried Ebo Jager, because they're fairly expensive, but I've heard reports of them working for 20-30 years with no problems!

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I don't think I've heard of any brand that is problem free. Check out some of the discus sites, they run through heaters by the boxful, due to high temps and running many breeding tanks.

On SimplyDiscus or DAAH there is a product discussion section, every single heater ever made has been bashed.

I think the bottom line is done't buy cheap and check even the expensive ones frequently.
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Ebo Jagers have my vote. I haven't tried the new titaniums ones though.

I've run my Ebo Jager out of the tank (for much longer than I should have) on accident and it is still kickin..
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