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post #1 of 5 Old 01-14-2008, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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TOP 10 Best Heaters...

As stated in title, please list in your opinion the TOP 10 best heaters on the market. NOT value i.e. quality v.s. cost, I want to know what companies produce the best ones. Preferrably for a 125g tank. Thanks in advance for your response...
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-14-2008, 10:04 PM
I've been using 2 300watt TopFin Heaters on my 125 gallon tank, and they've done a good job, I've had other TopFin heaters in SW tanks for over 2 years, and they look new, even when I forget to clean them along with the other equipment. I also use the Via-Aqua Stainless steel heaters, they are more expensive than the TopFin heaters, but are very sturdy and have a temp. controller that sits out side the tank with a separate temp. probe so it doesn't just cut off when it reaches the temp. at the heater itself.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-11-2008, 07:24 AM
I haven't tried much else, and I can only wish I had a 125 gal. I was using an old Top Fin 100W (i think) for my 30 gal. They recommend at least 150 for a 30 gal, but the 100 keeps my tank right at 78 on a med power setting. I recently got a 150W for the 30 gal so I could use the older, smaller one in the 20 gal I'm putting together. I have to keep the new 150 on low to keep from cooking my fish. Not that any of this applies to your tank, but I'd say Top Fin heaters are pretty good and well priced. They have a lifetime guarantee too. So from my calculations and little bit of experience, I'd think you'd be OK with 300W worth, probably better as 2 150W units spaced across the tank.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-11-2008, 05:00 PM
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I have had a Top Fin 25W, a Marineland Stealth Heater 50W, a 150W Hydor Theo Heater, and a 50W Hydor Theo Heater. I have found the Topfin and Hydor work best. The Top fin heaters are pretty big though, while the Hydors are very small.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-11-2008, 09:41 PM
Not a salty, but I am changing to using titanium heaters exclusively. They totally resist rust and salt deterioration. The rubber seals in the glass heaters can, and will, deteriorate over time. the titanium also transfers heat more evenly. Drawbacks? They cost more and require a controller. For an example re: http://www.petsolutions.com/Titanium...830+C1021.aspx
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