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JDM 12-19-2012 09:28 AM

Fluval E heaters
 
Anyone use these heaters? They look interesting... no idea how pricey though.

$40+ perhaps

Jeff.

Shewbert 12-19-2012 01:09 PM

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

Byron 12-19-2012 05:21 PM

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.

Byron.

Shewbert 12-21-2012 10:42 AM

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.
Ray

JDM 12-21-2012 10:52 AM

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.

Jeff.

Canadian Fish 12-21-2012 11:46 AM

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.

// Aquarium Supplies Canada - Pond Supplies Canada - Pond Liners Canada - Pond Pumps Canada - Reptile Supplies Canada // Pets and Ponds

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.

Byron 12-21-2012 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Canadian Fish (Post 1357300)
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.

// Aquarium Supplies Canada - Pond Supplies Canada - Pond Liners Canada - Pond Pumps Canada - Reptile Supplies Canada // Pets and Ponds

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.

I like the Eheim Jager too, this is what I get to replace the Fluvals that don't work.

JDM 12-21-2012 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Canadian Fish (Post 1357300)
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.

// Aquarium Supplies Canada - Pond Supplies Canada - Pond Liners Canada - Pond Pumps Canada - Reptile Supplies Canada // Pets and Ponds

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.

Thanks, nobody had mentioned this yet.

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).

Jeff.

Canadian Fish 12-21-2012 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by JDM (Post 1357371)
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.

LOL, I said this exact same thing when someone told me about them. I get great service at my LFS and am pretty loyal. Then I checked the prices, and ended up offering a mea culpa. Had I bought locally, I would have had to wait an extra few weeks for the money to finish getting the tank started. Because I saved so much I was able to set it up and get it running right away.

Do you go to the Big Al's in Kanata at all?

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... I am just having so much fun researching everything
I hear ya. Setting up and stocking is fun. It's how we ended up with so many damn tanks.

JDM 12-21-2012 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Canadian Fish (Post 1357380)
Do you go to the Big Al's in Kanata at all?

I hear ya. Setting up and stocking is fun. It's how we ended up with so many damn tanks.

Yes, I was in Kanata on Wednesday looking at fish and I bought about the most expensive piece of wood ever while there... they had just stocked the wood bins and this piece didn't look like it would have been there long.

I'm already anticipating another tank as I think that my wife is really going to like the planted effect.

Jeff.


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