08-26-2011, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I can't comment on this model as I don't have it, my Eheims are around 15 years old and had fewer "bells and whistles" back then.
But one suggestion I would make, and that is to get an Eheim with a built-in heating unit. I did this with the last canister I bought, and I have ever since regretted not doing it with the first two. My Pro II on the 90g with the heating unit has been running for 14 years non-stop. This tank remains at a uniform temperature throughout, and is the only one that does; all tanks with heaters have thermal layers, the substrate is noticeably cooler than the upper layer [heat rises, you can't avoid this, even with higher water flow]. But the 90g is uniform throughout because the water is heated in the filter before it enters the tank. Plus you don't have 2 (or more) heaters hanging in the tank. It is well worth the extra cost (and you save more than that by not having to buy good heaters).
That is a really great idea and suggestion. There is just one problem. I live in Houston, Tx and cold is hardly ever an issue down here hahah....heck we have had 24 days in a row with 100+ temp haha. But you living in Canada I bet your heater is going very often
. Actually I wish they would build a miniature AC unit to run in the canister for me down here. I am having to run the AC way more just to keep my water in the tank at a decent temperature hahah. I've gotten me an Eheim inside tank heater so I do have something to keep the water warm during our 1 or 2 "cool" months.
Thanks again for the advice.