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in-line heater for small nano tanks

That is the question , Does any one make them for smaller tanks, smallest in-line heater I found was a Hydor and it was rated for a 20g and up. Any help would be appreciated.
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I've used a 200w Hydor ETH in-line on my 7.9gal Fluval Ebi for more than a year with no problems.


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(somewhatshocked) what temp was the tank ? It's kind of a shame, to spend all this money on glass lily tubes and glass drop checkers to have a big ugly heater in the tank.


also what about the under gravel heaters ? any one using one of those?

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Use the Hydor. I am. What's better than a small heater in the tank?, no heater in the tank.
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well looks like hydor it is , next small planted tank will get the in-gravel heated cable.
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I've used a 200w Hydor ETH in-line on my 7.9gal Fluval Ebi for more than a year with no problems.
It's at about 78. It's easily controlled and serves as a good flow-slower for my Eheim.


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i've used the same Hydor 200w ETH in-line heater on my ADA mini-L reef for a few months now, and i love it. it's huge outside of the tank, but its SO nice to not have an internal heater in the tank! it does a great job, too. the tank is at exactly 76 degrees for 24 hours a day. especially because the hydor in-line heater is only $50 (versus a similar in-tank heater that would be $30 and far lesser quality IMO), i would highly recommend it.

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It's at about 78. It's easily controlled and serves as a good flow-slower for my Eheim.

Can I ask what you have it set at also , I have one tank with shrimp and would want to keep it around 72-74deg and my air temp is around 67-68deg.


Also I can get the Hydor inline heater's locally for $32 for the 200 and $34 for the next one up. I take it I should stock up on them for that price?
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I just can't believe why pet companies don't want to compete with Hydor and make cheaper/ lower wattage heater for this hobby.

I'm sure the electric bill for 200w heater is not cheap.


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It'd be expensive if it ran 24/7, maybe. But it's pretty efficient and I haven't noticed any billing increase at all.


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+1, mine does not run very much.
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If you are a DIY person there are small titanium heaters made by Catalina that have the thermostat control built onto the plug. You can use one of those and enclose it in a PVC housing and make a small inline heater. I would not recommend the project if you feel uncomfortable splicing wires or lack basic plumbing skills though. Also, you will need a couple sizes of pipe taps and a Heyco cord grip to allow the elecrical cord to exit the PVC housing. I use this setup on my 30C and have had it running for about a year with no issues.
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I agree that it is energy efficient. When it is quiet I can hear it click on and off every 5 or so minutes. And I say quiet because if it was normal noise levels then I couldn't hear it.


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Can I ask what you have it set at also , I have one tank with shrimp and would want to keep it around 72-74deg and my air temp is around 67-68deg.


Also I can get the Hydor inline heater's locally for $32 for the 200 and $34 for the next one up. I take it I should stock up on them for that price?
Sorry, just now seeing your question.

I keep the temp set at 78 and it stays at 78. Only heater I've got that stays at the temperature I set it at. And when I say only, I mean only. Not even the other Hydor heaters (in-tank) I have do that.

$32 is GREAT deal. Cheapest I've found online or at a local store is about $44 after taxes. Typically at least $50 online when considering shipping. I say buy two for that price so you have a backup. Ha.


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