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post #1 of 5 Old 10-18-2010, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Would 2 100w heaters...

be enough for my 55 gallon tank? I am thinking since the tank is so long 2 heaters would be better to even out the temp but I am not sure what wattage I should get. I know its suspose to be 3-4 watts per gallon but would it be better to have 2 that add up to that or should each one be 200 watts?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-18-2010, 12:43 PM
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It is a good idea to go with two heaters when you can. As far as how many watts you need, that would depend on what temp you are trying to achieve. I would think two 100's would be o.k. for a 55 but you may want to go with two 200's if you live in a colder area. I live in Tampa so my heaters don't have to work too hard to maintain the temps in my aquariums.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-18-2010, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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I am in North Carolina and it gets very cold here but I keep the room warm because I hate the cold. I may go with 200 watts just to be on the safe side. On a side note I use to drive an eighteen wheeler and delivered to Tampa often and while I don't like the cold I don't like that much heat. LOL It was pretty there though.

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-18-2010, 08:08 PM
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Higher wattage heaters work "less" to do the job and therefore last longer and are more reliable. I have a 200w in my 33g, and in my 20g, and a 150w in my 10g. Heaters work better (and last longer) if the ambient room temperature is reasonable, which was what bechcire was saying. If your room is normal temp in the winter, like mine, the heaters will work fine. But I would say two definitely, for the reason you yourself mentioned, and either 150w or 200w. One at either end next to the filter outflow and intake (if you have a canister with these at opposite ends) works very well.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-18-2010, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I will get two at 200 watts thank you for all your help.

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Amanda

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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