10 Gallon Tank Good, Adjustable Heater?

OldeOne
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Hello! So, I've got this spiffy little 10 gallon aquarium. I have a 10W Aqueon submersible heater from my first tiny aquarium. It is neat, but has no way to adjust it. Due to varying temperatures during this change of seasons, I am finding that I require something a bit better.

What I WANT is a heater with it's own thermostat, fully adjustable. I want it to also have a thermometer. I will, of course, keep my separate thermometer, because I never fully trust technology. XD It is VERY important to have a heater that will TURN OFF at a certain temperature.

I would also like some silly rule of thumb for wattage versus gallonage. Gallonage? It ought be a word, certainly. Alas, it is not.

So, yeah! Heaters! Woo! Let 'er rip!
 
bowen747x
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Rivieraneo
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5 Watts per Gallon works for most set ups, it really depends on temperature split between room temp and desired tank temp. How much do you want to spend ? Aqueon Pro's, Via Aqua Titanium and Finnex Titanium heaters work great!
 
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OldeOne
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So Aqueon is a good brand. Good to know!

I have a HOB filter, Tetra Whisper 30. The thing is a beast! (I have customized it, just a bit! )

I might take a trip to Petsmart, tomorrow. If they don't have anything good, I will grudgingly visit the LFS on Saturday.
 
petaddiction
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Is your LFS bad?


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Rivieraneo
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OldeOne said:
So Aqueon is a good brand. Good to know!

I have a HOB filter, Tetra Whisper 30. The thing is a beast! (I have customized it, just a bit! )

I might take a trip to Petsmart, tomorrow. If they don't have anything good, I will grudgingly visit the LFS on Saturday.
I can't speak for the regular Aqueon heaters, but the Aqueon Pro's are great! You can find them cheapest online.
 
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OldeOne
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petaddiction
My LFS has friendly staff who can't agree on advice. I can get around that, no problem. The owner, on the other hand, is a class-A JERK.
 
petaddiction
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Awh I'm sorry about that.
There's only one LFS close by and it's a dump so I go to petsmart. My petsmart is pretty decent, only drawback is the variety of stock. Sigh I wish I could find some habrosus corydoras already.


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junebug
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I actually really have been liking the "cheap" adjustable thermostat heaters you find on ebay. Like in the eshopps department. They are dirt cheap, well made, and come in a variety of wattages and sizes.

Technically for a 10 gallon tank, you want approximately a 50watt heater. 5 watts per gallon is the accepted standard for tank heaters. You can fudge a bit one way or the other for an odd-gallonage tank (for instance I still use a 50 watt in my 8 gallon tank) but in order to maintain stable temps, you want something a bit more suited to your tank.
 
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OldeOne
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I got an Aqueon 50W adjustable heater, last night. Yay!

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petaddiction
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good! where did you get it from?


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OldeOne
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Petsmart. They have a 60 day return policy for non-living stuff.

It was like $35. I could probably have found it cheaper online, but shipping prices and return policies being what they are....

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bowen747x
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OldeOne said:
It was like $35. I could probably have found it cheaper online, but shipping prices and return policies being what they are....
there are several Aqueon 50W under $20-$25 on amazon and that includes free shipping, I don't know what problems you have with returning items amazon is extremely customer friendly ime... the only benefit you got from petco was that you got it sooner
 
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OldeOne
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Well I got taken. But at least it is working and my fish are happier!

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sliderdkp
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Do the aqueon pro heaters really work better than regular aqueon heaters? My heater consistently heats my tank water up to 4-5 degrees warmer than the thermostat setting. I need a new one fast.


 
sliderdkp
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Ended up with 75 watt Eheim.
Will post back to tell overall workings!


 
sliderdkp
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So far, my aquarium temp is 80 degrees. Heater set at 76 and the heat on light keeps coming on. Help?


 
sliderdkp
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It may be working now. If I could rewrite those instructions...


 
Rivieraneo
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Most heaters advice to allow the heater to run 24hrs before calibrating final temp.
 
sliderdkp
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Thanks Rivieraneo!


 

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