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Newbie Heater Questions?

2479 Views 9 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  MightyM
First post! I'm a newie to aquariums. I currently have a 150 Gallon tank with African Cichlids and noticed that my heater seems to be broken. The temperature of my tank is around 72 right now, but after reading a lot of posts, it seems my tank should be 78-80.

I read various posts and opinions seem to be divided on heaters. From what I've read, I should be using at least 300W of heaters, either one 300W or two 150W. Any suggestions on reliable brands and whether one would be better than two to avoid overheating?
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I ended up buying a Marineland 300W Visi-Therm Deluxe from the LFS. I couldn't find the 250W heater. One quick question though. Is the on/off light supposed to be on all of the time? Mine seems to go on for long stretches of time and turns off for stretches of time. My tank isn't up to 79 just yet. I just want to make sure it's not defective before I can't return it.
MightyM said:
yes the heater light is suppose to turn on and off...visi therm stealth 250W is top of the food chain right now, you should get one before they raised the price or re-design it :thumb:
- Is the Visi-Therm Stealth better than the standard Visitherm Deluxe? I thought it was just the casing that was different.
zoyvig said:
Give your heater time. If you don't have adequate circulation, the zone around your heater may heat up and shut the heater off prematurely.
- Thanks for the advice. I just found an older 300W Visi-Therm (VTH300) laying around that I forgot I had, so I'll place it in the tank to get everything back up to temperature. Do I still need two heaters in there if I get the tank back up to 79? The reason I ask is because there isn't a place to put one on the other side of the tank since there isn't an outlet near there.
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