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monty67 12-08-2012 08:40 PM

Do I need a new heater?
So I was just doing some trimming and maintenance on the tank and saw there is a bunch of condensation in my heater. Should I be planning on replacing this pretty soon? I want to say it's about 4 or 5 years old.

WestHaven 12-08-2012 10:09 PM

It wouldn't hurt to have a backup heater just in case the current heater fails. What kind of heater is it?

monty67 12-08-2012 11:27 PM

submerged marineland visitherm, was thinking about getting an Aqueon Pro 100 watt if I needed to get a new one.

DaveK 12-09-2012 09:45 AM

Since it's a submerged heater and a Visitherm, It should be a sealed unit and not subject to condensation.

I would assume that it's bad or going bad, and I'd replace it right away. No point in risking the tank getting too hot or too cold due to a heater.

My personal preference would be an Eheim Jager heater, but I don't see anything wrong with the Aqueon. After I had a bad experience, I'd never get another Visitherm.

Sluggo 12-09-2012 01:06 PM

I've been using Visi-Therm heaters for almost 10 years with no trouble. The only bad experience I had with one was actually self-inflicted. It seems I got distracted in the middle of a large water change that had left the heater out of the water. I never unplugged the heater, and 20 minutes or so after I siphoned out the old water, I went to pour the new water in and the heater exploded.

Pearl2011 12-11-2012 01:06 AM

Sluggo: It exploded?! OMG!! Was everything okay

And i would replace it right away since condensation mean there is water in it, which could cause some electrical mishap or a fire (I'm so paranoid about fire)

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