BUYER BEWARE!!! By Jon on 3/25/14
Jon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I 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 3/17/14
angelo would recommend this product to a friend
works great with apex. very solid. will not break
Small and powerful! By Jason on 2/7/14
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 1/14/14
James would recommend this product to a friend
I'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 12/30/13
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 12/4/13
Will would recommend this product to a friend
Great heater, no glass to worry about breaking and no cheap temp controller that will burn out every year.
Great Heater By Christopher on 11/12/13
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 11/5/13
Goodspies would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 8/27/13
Slaty Reefer would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 7/28/13
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 7/14/13
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
I 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 5/13/13
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I 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.
Nearly KILLED me, FINNEX won't replace! By jeremy on 4/19/13
jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This item malfunctioned and released electricity into my sump within 2 weeks of use. It shocked me pretty bad. I tested it a few times to make sure it was the heater and I recreated it each time. I contact Finnex and mailed it in to them which cost me $18.
They refused to replace the heater because it tested "within spec" whatever that means. I am out $58 due to this AWFUL product.
DANGER --- DO NOT BUY FROM FINNEX!!!!
Well built By Brad on 4/2/13
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
It's too early to tell on overall life, but the unit seems well built and works great with my RKL.
Works Well By RLDCPA on 3/31/13
RLDCPA would recommend this product to a friend
I originally bought another brand of heaters (2 300w heaters with a thermostat) but they were not enough for my 230 gallon tank. So I bought this Finnex 800 watt model and has worked great with my Neptune controller.
As these are fairly inexpensive as they have no thermostat in them, I bought another and put it in another compartment of my sump. I figure 2 will be safer if on ever fails. And the Neptune Apex logs your power usage so I will now exactly when it fails if it does.
If feel that using a controller is the way to go rather than a thermostat built in to the heater and cheaper in the end anyway.
works good for the price By Jimmy on 3/27/13
Jimmy would recommend this product to a friend
Been using this for awhile, so far it's been very reliable.
So far so good By cdbstl76 on 3/14/13
cdbstl76 would recommend this product to a friend
I have this on my RKL running in the sump of a 100 gallon system, 75 main, 25 sump. My previous heater of a different brand was leaking current. This one isn't having any detectible excessive current leak. So, that alone make me happy. Over time, we will see how this unit works.
Accurate heater By holder45 on 2/25/13
holder45 would recommend this product to a friend
Installed 500W on 120G display with 40G sump. Using Reef Keeper Lite as the controller, it maintains constant temp within 0.1 degree Fahrenheit. Running less than a month, but so far so good. If it lasts, then it will be a 5 star purchase.
Ok but doesn't last. By Matt. on 1/12/13
Matt. would recommend this product to a friend
500 watt Heater worked just fine for about 8 months. Not what I would describe as a "deluxe" heater.
Work like charm By Justin on 12/26/12
Justin would recommend this product to a friend
I got the 800W for 300 gal system and this product works. Thanks BRS
so far so good By joel on 11/27/12
joel would recommend this product to a friend
I am heading into my first winter with a freshwater discus tank at 83F. I needed good heaters instead of the 6 random ones I had laying around. I have 2 800 watt heaters in the sump connected to my apex. If you can hook up to a controller instead of buying the one for it, It is a great deal at 50 dollars. So far this has been a great heater. I will be interested to to see how long they last.
so far so good By joel on 11/27/12
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 11/27/12
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 11/18/12
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 9/30/12
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 9/14/12
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 2/7/12
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 12/31/11
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 12/1/11
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 11/17/11
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 10/28/11
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 9/18/11
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 8/10/11
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 4/19/11
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 3/13/11
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 2/27/11
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 2/10/11
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 12/6/10
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 11/29/10
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 10/26/10
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 9/9/10
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.