Fluval E heaters
Anyone use these heaters? They look interesting... no idea how pricey though.
Excellent heaters, colour change is very sensitive though, tank goes half a degree lower than set temp and display turns red, I ended up making display show at side of tank so you dont get up every 10mins checking why its gone red.
prices vary depending on wattage.
there is 100, 200 and 300watt
If you are in America you will have to convert from UK POUNDS
100 APROX £25,, 200 APROX £30,, 300 APROX £34.
This is shop prices but have seen them much lower new on Ebay
My exsperience with these heaters has not been good. I have 4 of them, and one gave out completely within a year, and another is not accurate. I would not waste the money.
I still have two in two different tanks, but they are two-heater tanks so I have a backup. So far these two are working.
I use 2 of them 1 in a hospital and1 in a quarantine tank,so they are not on constantly.
The light changing feature is a pain, as said above it flashes on and off red to green constantly, I'll stick a thermometer in the tanks and check the temperature for accuracy, I have had them for about 4 months they have not packed in yet.
Thanks for the input.
I will probably try one but I am going to go with something a little less expensive for now.... $75 from the LFS and nobody here stocks them so no sales. I'll relegate the first unit to backup at that point and see how it goes.
I figure that maybe, yah, I know, might even be wishful thinking, that there have been some bugs worked out in newer units.
With regards to the sensitivity. They seem to be rated for larger tanks than similar wattage typical units, a 100W for a 30gal for example when others are 150W for 30 gal. If the heater is working too hard it could affect the temperature swings of the water so going up one size might help with that.
Failing... different issue. Working extra shouldn't cause them to fail as that just means they would still have failed at a slightly later date anyway.
I'll check the warranty first too.
If you want a cheaper alternative, I use the Eheim Jager TruTemp. I read mixed reviews online, but they came highly recommended from people here that I trust, and I have no problems with them. I think the only people who complain about them don't realize you may just have to recalibrate the initial settings from the factory, but you only have to do this once.
Since you're in Canada, I will recommend Pets & Ponds, if no one else has mentioned it yet.
I bought everything there instead of from Big Al's when I set up my big tank, and I saved $200 ($500 vs $700) for the same gear, same brands, everything.
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I had a large cichlid stone break during shipping, I called them, they sent a new one that day, I didn't have to mail the old one back. Great service, great prices.
Although they don't list the particular size of LED lighting I want the prices look really good. For what I would save on the LED and filter alone I can upgrade to the double bright. The prices are a little higher than 1/2 the LFS. I don't typically play nickle and dime games if I get good service or there is other stuff that I get decent pricing on but anything over about 10% difference I will switch sources.
Pity though, there are gift certificates coming for aquarium equipment for Christmas from the LFS (I mustn't lose sight of the fact that this is my daughter's aquarium... I am just having so much fun researching everything).
Do you go to the Big Al's in Kanata at all?
I'm already anticipating another tank as I think that my wife is really going to like the planted effect.
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