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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
I couldn't tell you the wattages or even brands of half of my heaters. The one in my 20 gallon has been going strong and so far is my longest lived heater. I has a lot of condensation, and water droplets inside of it. I just spent 10 minuets trying to set my heater for my fry tank. Its the heater I hate the most. Extremely difficult to set temp on it. Then I have a really cheap non submersible clip on side heater that is always reliable and is my 2nd oldest heater. I quite like these. I can actually take them apart are fix them if something does go wrong. I once submerged mine and had to fix it.
Heaters are entirely hit and miss IMO. I've bought some expensive ones that simply don't hold up. Have some cheap ones that don't give up. Really hit an miss. My local fish forum has a really interesting thread going now. Seems some badddddddddd shipments of the new Marineland stealth heater pro came into our area. I understand no heat/over heat, but these things are legitimately exploding depth charge style. Shattering large(55g) tanks killing fish and heater totally blown to bits. Marineland is a well know brand too and these are suppose to be reliable heaters, but from what I have seen these new ones are NOT something you want to play with. Chances are they will work just fine, but there is a small chance it could physically destroy your tank. This is not a random incident either Marineland is accepting certain lot numbers back for refunds/replacements no questions asked.
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Yep it is scary. If you google "Stealth heater pro exploded" you will get some hits. The guy that had it happen locally has had a bad week I bet. Not only did he lose a awesome and expensive fish, a 55 gallon, and had a crap load of water to clean up on the 8th. He still gets to deal with the 20" of snow we got yesterday. He said Marineland agreed to pay for the damages the heater caused. Here is a pic he posted of his exploded heater, which did completely blow a hole in one of the big panes of the 55. Killed a huge 12" Midas cichlid. Heater was 2 months old.
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