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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-18-2020, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Choosing a heater

It's another case of information overload for me.


The Hydor 50 watt heater I have for my 9 gallon cube won't turn to a lower heat. It's stuck up around 78 degrees and that is too hot for the neo shrimp I intend to put in that tank. I'm up in Wisconsin and the tank is near a window, so I'll feel better with a heater in the tank to keep it a reasonable temperature.



My problem is that every heater has issues, according to Amazon. They are all ticking time bombs, about to fry your fish at the drop of a hat. I'm so afraid that I will make a bad choice! Trying to wade through years of information here is killing my confidence. I know that I just need to make a choice and stick with it.


Would anyone like to lend me a hand?
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What kind of heater do you have in the house? I have a heater almost next to my shrimp tank, it's next to the window basically, and the shrimps are doing well, perhaps you don't need it?


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The heat vent is right in the middle of the bay window. Insulated curtains somewhat protect the tank from the (inevitable) cold air. When I first filled the tank it's temp was in the high 60s. I didn't think that was a good sign since we haven't even gotten any snow yet. It can get wicked cold here.
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Get a heater controller. Set it to what you need and let it do the work for you.
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Eheim Jagers have been the most consistent and reliable heaters for me. I have several and have never had an issue with any of them. I had a Hydor Theo at one point and out of the box it had some sort of issue where it would only stay on for 10-15 seconds at a time and never reached the correct temperature since it wouldn't stay on.
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Jager’s with a controller is the way to go.
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If it were me i'd pickup an Inkbird controller instead of a new heater. It'll be a bit more price wise than a new heater but you can use it on different setups down the road and it's a safeguard against your heater getting stuck in the on position and frying the tank.

Set the controller to the temp you want then set the temp on the heater to a higher temp or 78 like you have it. The controller will turn the heater off when the desired temp is reached. A great piece of equipment IMO.
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Another vote for eheim jagers.
As a general rule, when I have info overload I go with Eheim everything unless I know better.


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Thank you for all your help! It's nice to know that I am not the only person who has had info overload!


What I am going to do at the moment is turn off the heater and get my tank cycled (or do I need to heater for that- must investigate). Then I will ask for an Inkbird for Christmas!
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Agree, just go with a heater controller for that heater. That way if/when it ever fails, just get another heater.
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