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Old 02-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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In-Line Heater or In-Tank Heater?


Trying to decide between the 2 for 90 gallon tank.

I am thinking in-line, but between the in-line heater, reactor will it cause problems with canister filter?

So used to having sump in the past, using canister is all new to me.

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Old 02-17-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
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I have typically used the in tank heaters since the inline heaters have only recently become more widely available. I have always hated having that big silver/glass stick in the tank and I have done anything possible to hide it while allowing it to do it's job.

I just ordered the Hydor inline heater for my latest project, a 40 breeder with a Fluval 306. If my experience is the same as those that have posted reviews, then I doubt I'll ever go back to the metal stick.

The inline heater and the reactor will have a reducing affect on the flow rate, but if you are using an appropriately sized filter, there should be some headroom to work with.

What sized canister are you using or planning to use?
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I have typically used the in tank heaters since the inline heaters have only recently become more widely available. I have always hated having that big silver/glass stick in the tank and I have done anything possible to hide it while allowing it to do it's job.

I just ordered the Hydor inline heater for my latest project, a 40 breeder with a Fluval 306. If my experience is the same as those that have posted reviews, then I doubt I'll ever go back to the metal stick.

The inline heater and the reactor will have a reducing affect on the flow rate, but if you are using an appropriately sized filter, there should be some headroom to work with.

What sized canister are you using or planning to use?
Thanks for the info.

I plan to get api filstar XL, it way more than I need but figured with the reactor and heater, it would be a good fit?
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According to the API website, the Filstar XP XL is 190 gallons per hour when filled with media. In my opinion, it'll work great.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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If you haven't bought your filter yet you could consider buying two and running the reactor and heater on seperate filters. Or look around for a smaller used filter to run one of them. It would help to increase flow in the tank.
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