TERRIBLE! By DMT on 12/9/2011
DMT wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought this last November and used it thru Feb 2010 or so, unplugged it and now that I'm trying again in November to use it, it doesn't kick on, so removed it from the aquarium and removed the box panel, turns out the dial that controls the temperature is cracked, so it wasn't moving anything inside the panel. Now that I use needlenose pliers to move the gauge, the temperature will either stay ON or will not come on...I can't regulate it at all. Sorry engineering and paid $40 for a few months of heat last year...why can't anything be quality anymore?
Find a better model... By George on 12/7/2011
George wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It says on the box + or - 2 degrees from the setting, when it should say + or - 15 degrees from the setting. This thing is terrible, it acts more like a weatherman taking a guess at the temperature then a piece of equipment you can rely upon.
But based upon other reviews once in a while you get lucky with this product and it does work. My experience says stay away, buy a better heater, this is nothing more then another example of a poorly made in China product.
I will not use again By John on 12/6/2011
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I had two of these (500 W), both failed within 8 months or so. I used them with Neptune controller. I will not recommend them.
resistors By stick with the program dori on 12/2/2011
stick with the program dori would recommend this product to a friend
used one for a month or so, got a second to supplement for tank size. seems to work nicely. a good value. easy to set. easy to read. they click and off and on fairly frequently, similar to other tube units.
?? By Jose Manuel on 11/24/2011
Jose Manuel wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It worked for a few weeks, now only the red LED turns on but it doesn't start.
Bad Experience By Jeff on 11/21/2011
Jeff wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I realize these heaters get a lot of good publicity, but I have to put my experience with them out there. I bought 2 of the 100W Finnex heaters to use in my system...during the summer months I take them out and store them. I had only used my heaters since last October and when I went to put them back in my tank for this winter, they both were not working. I called BRS and they told me to contact Finnex, I contacted Finnex and they refused to believe anything was wrong or that they could have failed. Not a fan of Finnex customer support at all
Works as expected By Brian on 8/19/2011
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
150w model for 90G tank + 75G sump. Holds the temperature fine in the summer, will probably add a 2nd for winter. Replacing a Ebo Jager that kept sticking on. It's deliberately on the small side with the intent of possibly needing several of them so if one gets stuck on it can't cook my tank.
The heating element is very small compared to the old Jager, and the control unit is very compact as well.
150w By Joel on 4/21/2011
Joel would recommend this product to a friend
I am happy with this purchase. I think the dial is a little off, I have to set it a couple degrees above what I want the water temp. I love that the unit is so compact as I do not have a lot of room in my sump.
Great heater By Jason on 2/12/2011
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I use an ehiem Jager as with this heater the Finnex works best after the refugium, the titanium surface seems to discourage the growth of hair algae. You almost have to have two heaters to keep up with any kind of flow. One on each side of the sump. I keep one set at 78 and one at 80 and so far after two months the temp has been right on.
Could be better By Reef Racer on 2/7/2011
Reef Racer wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This appears to be a newer model. The one that I received Had a different dial controller. I had a terrible trying to get this heater to maintain temp. A 300 watt for a 75 gallon should have been sufficient, but far from it. Despite what temp I set the dial to, the heater would click on and off every few minutes. And it just couldn't keep up I guess. After 3 straight nights of 4 degree water temps I pulled it out. Perhaps they fixed the issues with the new model, but mine has been relegated to heating water-change water.
Accurate By Mehmet on 1/6/2011
Mehmet would recommend this product to a friend
This unit keeps accurate temp and easy to use.