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Hello all, love the site! Now for the question...

Has anyone thought about modifying a DIY canister filter by adding a heater? I have always wondered why a filters never utilizes a heater within the canister. Maybe someone out there can give me a heads up.

Just so you know, I am very new to the planted aquarium scene. I usually stick to the huge reef tanks with wet/dry filters. So please dont bash me to much! :icon_redf
 

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Eheim makes a model with an integrated heater. There are also several in-line heaters available.
 

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I see. So it is perfectly acceptable to design a DIY canister filter with a heater within the canister? Keep in mind that this is for a 5.5 gallon nature aquarium. I am designing everthing myself (lighting, tank, filter,co2 etc).

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Rather than dealing with the additional sealing problems that a heater inside of your canister could create you would be better off to modify a heater into an inline unit. Think of a CO2 reactor with the heater inside.
 

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Rather than dealing with the additional sealing problems that a heater inside of your canister could create you would be better off to modify a heater into an inline unit. Think of a CO2 reactor with the heater inside.
I agree.

I have thought about DIY a mini canister w/ heater, but figured it was too much trouble/time/money than I have right now.

Here is a link to a DIY inline heater:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/36257-diy-external-heater-56k.html?highlight=heater
 
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