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BUYER BEWARE!!! By Jon on 3/25/14Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI purchased the 500w heater to use with my apex system in November 2013. In February 2014 I got a shock when I put my hand in the sump. After testing each thing attached to my tank, I found out that it was this heater. Now I know heaters go bad and sometimes we get the bad apple that doesn't last as long as they should. So no big deal other than the shock could have been worse. Since the order was more than 60days BRS couldn't do anything about the heater, that's understandable. So I contacted the manufacturer. They told me that it was out of warranty. WHAT? it's only been 90 days! What's what the warranty is for this heater! So beware. I switched to a different manufacturer for this reason.
awesome By angelo on 3/17/14angelo would recommend this product to a friendworks great with apex. very solid. will not break
Small and powerful! By Jason on 2/7/14Jason would recommend this product to a friendI bought the 300W version and it fits into a tight sump with no issue. You do need to have a controller to use it but that's not a problem for me. You just don't have a redundancy like the heaters that have built in controllers. Well worth it. Heats like a champ!
Just Works By James on 1/14/14James would recommend this product to a friendI've had this heater on my 90 gallon reef for almost a year now. I use my Apex controller to monitor the temperature and turn it on and off. It heats the aquarium very well and hasn't given me any problems. I would recommend this for anyone that has or wants to use a controller to regulate tank temperature.
Great Heater By Michael on 12/30/13Michael would recommend this product to a friendI just installed this into the sump of my 120 gallon reef and I'm running in on a Reefkeeper Lite system. Works great. Temp is nice and stable.
If you have a controller for your tank, this is the way to go.
Great heaters By Will on 12/4/13Will would recommend this product to a friendGreat heater, no glass to worry about breaking and no cheap temp controller that will burn out every year.
Great Heater By Christopher on 11/12/13Christopher would recommend this product to a friendI have been running the 500 watt for about 6 months now on my 75 reef. Great heater and no problems to report as of now. Quality product at a great price. The only down fall is it comes with no suction cups. Standard heater suction cups will work and can be had for a few bucks
Better Than Good - Amazing By Goodspies on 11/5/13Goodspies would recommend this product to a friendI recently put this heater in my sump on my 200 gallon tank and it is AMAZING. I keep our house very cool, especially at night, and this 800w heater has no problem keeping up. Plus, when I do water changes, it brings the tank temperature back up very quickly! Awesome product... just know that it is quite long so if you have a small sump that is divided in any way, take measurements beforehand.
Nice Product, good output By Slaty Reefer on 8/27/13Slaty Reefer would recommend this product to a friendI am using the 500W heating tube with my finnex controller and it ia working well so far. I am keeping a even low temp at night, my daytime temp increase due to MH lighting. Good review at this point, time will tell.
Good Heater By Robert on 7/28/13Robert would recommend this product to a friendI use 2 of these 800 watt units in my sump on my 245 gallon tank and it handles it with ease even in the winter. I use them with the Neptune Apex to control the temperature perfectly.
I have had no issues with these so far and my tank is 8 months old.
now i got 2 of them By Tim on 7/14/13Tim would recommend this product to a friendI have had the 500w heating my 225 gal folwlr tank for over a year. not a problem. just bought the 300w for my 50 gal reef i'm starting. Hoping for the same dependablity. You should know they need a controller, my D.A. RKE works great with it. Love you guys at BRS. Now get out of my state soi don't have to pay taxes. lol
Mixed Review By David on 5/13/13David wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI have purcahed several of these in the last few years. Up until the last two, I would count them as reliable. The first lasted nearly 3 years between two systems. The last two have lasted less than 6 months combined. These would be awesome probes otherwise.
Luckily no major problems, though the first time around, it took me some time to track down the issues I was seeing in the tank as temp related. When I checked the controller log, there was a very wide temp swing overnight and 3 degree gap between optimal and high temp during the day.
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by James on December 14, 2013, @8:26 AM
Since this heater requires a separate controller would it be a good option to use with an apex controller?
Bulk Reef Supply Hey James,
It would be a great option for use with an Apex or other aquarium controller, in fact its what I use with mine!
by nathan on March 14, 2014, @3:08 AM
I'm considering purchasing one of the Neptune Apex controllers (the $529 or the $549 version) and wondered about heater options. I see that the units include a temp probe, but I assume that doesn't regulate temp (other than communicating with a heater to turn it on or off) of the aquarium, it just measures the temp. Is that correct? If so, I was thinking of pairing it with a heater (800W finnex titanium heater (the one with out the thermostat)). Would I need to purchase the thermostat separate from this to plug into the Apex controller, or would the controller have some sort of built in interface to turn the heater tube on and off? At the end of the day, I just need to know what I would need to purchase to replace an old school stand along heater that I have now in my 180 gal reef tank. Thanks,
Bulk Reef Supply Hi Nathan,
The temperature probe itself only reads the temp, but you can use that information to act on an outlet. For example you could tell outlet number 1 to turn on if the temperature is below 78 degrees and off if it is over. This would allow it to control a heater.
In the interest of redundancy though, I would use a heater with a thermostat and then plug that heater/thermostat combo into an outlet on the apex. You can use the apex to turn that outlet off and cut power to both in the even the built in heater thermostat fails. Generally in this situation you would set the heater to say, 78 degrees, and tell the Apex to kill the power at 79 degrees. This way the built in controller does all the work, the apex is just a safety cut off.
As you said, this particular heater doesn't have a thermostat and while you could use the Apex to control it, it would be best to have another form of redundancy (like a heater with a built in temp control).
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Amperage @ 115V
Recommended Tank Size (Gallons)
Powder Cord to Wall
- Resists corrosion
- Virtually unbreakable
- Fast heating
- Requires heating controller to operate
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