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Old 06-28-2008, 08:09 PM
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Is there any advantage to going with two 100watt heaters, rather than one 200 watt. I'm thinking maybe having the heaters on each end would be better....
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:36 PM
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hrmmm idk. I generally run two heaters in my tank during the winter, because I live in the northern section of the US. If one heater goes out, I know that the other will kick on... as with my schedule, it could be a day before I notice it.

This may not be the case for everyone though. I wonder if having two heaters, one at each end of the tank would allow for a more even distribution of heated water... I guess the only way to tell would be to post a thermometer at either end and record daily observations on temperature for a trial period.

Perhaps this would be more beneficial on larger tanks than smaller ones? Idk. I'm only now just getting a large tank so, not sure on this.
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: Heater Size

The only advantage is that if one fails, the other will keep things going for a while. If you had a long tank they would apply heat more evenly if on each end. Getting them syncronized to operate very near each other in temp range is tricky. I have used multiple heaters with each set to operate close together. This is one of those issues where you have to decide wether the benefits are worth the effort.

I'll root around on the web to see if there is info on this.

Woohoo! This just in!! http://saltaquarium.about.com/blqamultipleheaters.htm

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Old 06-28-2008, 10:57 PM
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I ended up buying a 200 watt, instead of two 100 watts. Another factor is the price!!! Two 100watts cost over $46. The 200watt cost be $29...
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