so far so good By joel on 11/27/2012
joel would recommend this product to a friend
I am heading into my first winter with a 230 gallon Discus tank at 83F and needed heat. I went with two 800 watt heaters hooked up to my apex. This option has worked much better then my 6 random sized heats I had in there. The cost is also a better option if you have a controller. At 50.00 a piece they work great. As for the life expectancy, it is to soon to tell.
Good Heater By Alen on 11/27/2012
Alen would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased one of these heaters with out a controller, I use it on my RKE, it works great, haven't had a problem with it yet.
It doesn't come with suction cups, but the ends have good rubber on Them you don't have to worry about hitting it on the side of your glass.
Nice Heater By Greg on 11/18/2012
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for my 120RR along with the Finnex controller. Looks great in the sump and works perfectly. Highly recommended!
800W Heaters By Jason on 9/30/2012
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've bought a total of 3 800W heaters over the years. The first one lasted about 6 months before it just stopped working. I then bought two more just in case one crapped out again. Within a couple of months another one stopped working. The third one has been currently working for the last year or so with no issues yet. Overall I'm not to impressed with the 800W heaters, they are cheap so buy at your own risk.
perfect size heat for my sump! By Ken on 9/14/2012
Ken would recommend this product to a friend
Bought two of these heaters fits perfect into sump and both are plugged into my apex contraller without using two temp controllers!
Great heaters for a reasonable price. By Pep on 2/7/2012
Pep would recommend this product to a friend
Going on 2 years with my finnex 300w heater and no problems so far.
Not very happy By John on 12/31/2011
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
it worked good for 1 month. It was controlled b the finnex controler. It was a 800w that I used to replace 2 300 watt marineland heaters. Lucky I kept them or I would have had a frozen tank. I sent it back to finnex and they said they are shipping me a new one but at the cost of shipping it to them and if they send it back with me having to pay return shipping will put it at about 20 bucks in shipping almost 1/2 the cost of just buying a new heater and not having to wait 2-3 weeks for shipping times. I really think they should not make the end user pay shipping if they beleve in there product. I will give the replacement a shot but doubt I ever perchase another finnex heater.
Product Does not last By Dru on 12/1/2011
Dru would recommend this product to a friend
As others have mention this product simply will not last. Mine only lasted 2 months and I thought it might just be me, then a friend had purchased one and his only lasted a couple months.
Worse than the product not lasting is there CUSTOMER SUPPORT. It is dreadful. Trying to get this replaced is a huge pain then to top it off you have to pay shipping both ways. They have to receive the heater determine what they want to do then send one back hopefully. Suggested time to get the heater back 30 days. The guy actually told me I should go ahead and buy another heater in the mean time. How the heck is that service??
1 month running so far so good By William on 11/17/2011
William would recommend this product to a friend
I have this hooked up to a Reefkeeer light and my temp has not deviated more than .5 degrees. I have the 500 watt and this keeps a 150 gallon in a cool basement at the proper temp.
Heater Sump 130 gallon reef By Todd on 10/28/2011
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
I have a RKE and use this in my sump. I love it. I purchased this for my sump and one of the thermostat Finnex 300 W for my main tank. Great quality, great value, and temps are spot on. Thanks BRS!!!
Solid Heater By tommyboynj on 9/18/2011
tommyboynj would recommend this product to a friend
I have this heater hooked up to my reefkeeper lite. NOTE THAT THIS HEATER DOES NOT HAVE A THERMOSTAT. You will need to hook it up to your controller with a temp prob or have a seperate thermostat. I have the 300 watt model in the sump of my 75 gallon tank. It has no problem keep temperature stable and works well with the rkl. I would recommend this productto other looking for a solid primary heater.
GREAT HEATER By STEVE on 8/10/2011
STEVE would recommend this product to a friend
I'm running this heater with my digital aquatics RKL and the 300w heater keeps my 50 gal. tank at 77* with no problem.
Busted By Rob on 4/18/2011
Rob wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought a 800W and it just blew out after only 2 months of running. Not buying another one. Not sure on the other wattage but don't buy the 800w
solid heater By Carsten on 3/13/2011
Carsten would recommend this product to a friend
I run two of these in my system throuhg a controller and am very pleased with the sturdyness. I just got the second as a backup as I keep hearing about failures but I can not say that I experienced that at all so far.
Jury is out By Mark on 2/27/2011
Mark wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
First 800w lasted two months. Have to send back at my expense both ways for replacement. Wondering if the 500w are more durable?
my favirote heaters By Jasper on 2/9/2011
Jasper would recommend this product to a friend
Used the 300 watt and the 500 watt they work great. Tank is in the garage and heaters are on for a long time, have had no issues with these sticks fo years
Works great while it works By Loknar28 on 12/6/2010
Loknar28 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I went through three of these in one year before finally deciding the shipping to send it back for another replacement wasn't worth the money or trouble.
I'd buy it again By Reefnjunkie on 11/28/2010
Reefnjunkie would recommend this product to a friend
No problems with the heater at all-I use an Apex to run everything an this keeps the tank right where I program it.
Love the metal and compact size, fits perfectly in the sump
Bad Luck or Bad Product? By Jason on 10/26/2010
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had 2 of these in the past, and both failed. While Finnex replaced the 1st without hassle, the second died as well, taking all of my SPS colonies with it. I personally wouldn't chance these again for a 3rd mishap.
Great with a controller By Brian on 9/9/2010
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
This heater is for use with a controller as it has no thermostat (which is what usually fails first in most heaters). Since you should use a controller to prevent overheating anyways, why pay more for a heater with a thermostat? This heater is nice and small considering its wattage. Perfect for a sump.