Heater strength

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  1. rakabos

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    Hi guys

    So i went to the local shop the weekend to get all the equipment need for a 270L with 3ft sump...

    I told him to give me two heaters for the sump and one additional to warm up the mixed RO water for water changes.

    He insisted on 3x100W(2 for the sump and one spare for the water changes) heaters... Is this strong enough or should i get something else?

    Cheers
     
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  3. sweetnsour

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    dude get yourself a single 300w heater this should be sufficient
     
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    And everybody else says get 2 in case one fails :p
     
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    this is true and correct, if you wish for piece of mind then get two, remember the heat from your lights also contribute.
     
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    2 heaters not only for backup purpose but also to spread the heating area out to obtain better heat exchange.
    Compare diff makes and you'l see that one brand is maybe 50mm shorter than the other for the same wattage - get the longer one for above reason.
    I would say get 3 x 200w.
     
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    First of all, what make were they trying to sell you? Not all heaters are equal
     
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    I will get 200w x 3

    thx guys
     
  9. Suhayl

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    What make heater very important. Insist on non other than Jager. Cheap heaters get stuck and will over heat your tank, stop working, glass shattering. I use one but 2 better, I just seem to trust my 200w on a 650L tank.
     
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    Like Suhayl, I only use Jager. You should be able to get away with 2 150W's if the tank is not in a drafty area
     
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    with jager check the length, the 300watt jager is 500 odd millimeters long - not everybody got the space for it.

    what about titanium heaters ?
    i know of one masa member who switched to them and he is now a firm titanium supporter - but the price......
     
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