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rales12
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PostPosted: 2010.11.23(Tue)13:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaleJr wrote:
Well I think the gf (wife soon) is only going to allow 1. So I want to make it a good one. I wish I could talk her in to letting me set this 55 up as a cichlid tank but I do get a little out of hand with the expenses.


"Better to ask forgiveness than permission." Wink

A cichlid tank shouldn't be too expense-heavy, really. You'd want a strong filter, but they aren't generally heavily planted, so you don't need strong lighting or CO2. I've found that, really, the most expensive part of a tank tends to be the tank and stand itself. And you've already got that part. Wink
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PostPosted: 2010.11.23(Tue)15:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Those heaters have had reliability problems Sad


Nice to know, thanks for the heads up. could you refer me to a GOOD reliable heater?
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PostPosted: 2010.11.23(Tue)15:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

rales12 wrote:

"Better to ask forgiveness than permission." Wink

A cichlid tank shouldn't be too expense-heavy, really. You'd want a strong filter, but they aren't generally heavily planted, so you don't need strong lighting or CO2. I've found that, really, the most expensive part of a tank tends to be the tank and stand itself. And you've already got that part. Wink



NOT in my house, LOL....

Correct, there might be a few Java ferns but that will be in. The expensive part for me will be the THR because I want a lot of it.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.23(Tue)18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always heard that those heaters are great....I was thinking about getting one for my 75g but I have a sump and have no need for it.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)3:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally know of five attempts to use those heaters - four failed after about a year, one of those stuck ON!

Many shops in the UK refuse to stock them after lots of returns.

I use Tronic or Visitherm heaters.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)8:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
I personally know of five attempts to use those heaters - four failed after about a year, one of those stuck ON!

Many shops in the UK refuse to stock them after lots of returns.

I use Tronic or Visitherm heaters.



What about these...Anyone tried them

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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)8:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not needed a new heater since those came onto the market but why have the colour indicator on something that will be hidden?
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)10:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Not needed a new heater since those came onto the market but why have the colour indicator on something that will be hidden?



My heaters are always Vertical and hidden behind plants BUT never completely hidden. My heater does not have an indicator of desired temp, I just turn the dial and keep it there.

However ALL is now a MUTE point...I finally found my 75 gal tank and he has brand new in the box a Marineland Heater 250w which will be a backup to my other heater.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)11:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like my theo from foster and smith (Just in case you need another) and I am getting some aquaeon(spelling?) heaters that have a life-time warrenty.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)11:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 2 of those Marineland heaters, and I really like them. The temperature setting on them seems to be accurate and I haven't experienced any sort of problems with them. I do wish they didn't have red lettering on the front... but oh well. Smile
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