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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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It wouldn't hurt to have a backup heater just in case the current heater fails. What kind of heater is it?

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

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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.
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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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