Product shoudl be banned By Devin on 4/12/2012
Devin wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
What is an acceptable failure rate for a heater? Especially when the failure is water getting into the heater's electronics and creating an electric current in your tank? Is 1 per 100 acceptable risk? Unbelievable! I bought two of these 6 days ago to cook dry rock and came home this evening to check on the tub, put my hand in the water and was shocked. Water was in teh electronics. This heater had nothing done to it than taken out of the box, put directly into the water, appropriately hung and did not move until this happened. BEWARE!!! lucky I didn't use this unit in my tank and only to cook rock. Will NEVER Use this product when there is anything to risk.
Compact heater By Kerric on 4/2/2012
Kerric would recommend this product to a friend
I use one of these hooked up to my Apex Jr. controller. The controller turns the heater on and off (I keep the heater temp controller turned all the way up) and it works well. Before I had the reef controller connected however the heaters controller was in use and worked well but that was only for about a month. This heater (the 100w model) is VERY compact and sits in the return chamber of my sump. I am pleased with it so far.
Nice product wish; Wish the cords were on 1 end By PT on 3/10/2012
PT would recommend this product to a friend
I was looking for a short heater as I did not have much space in terms of length and this fit the need perfectly. Seems to be working correctly so far. The only complaint I have is I wish the control unit had the wires coming out on 1 end .. wouldve made it easier to hang is nicely somewhere .. for now Ive just stuck it on somewhere. I didnt find the hook that came with the item very useful but it might fit the needs of others better
Simple By Sergio on 3/6/2012
Sergio would recommend this product to a friend
I bought the 300 watt model and placed it in my 90 gal tank. I’ve been using it for about a month now. With my metal halides I don’t expect to use the heater much during the day, mainly at night. I like how simple it is to use, simply set the digital temp and forget it. I really like that the temperature probe is separate from the heating element. I placed the heating element on intake of my sump and my temp probe in next to my return pump. The unit keeps my temp right where I set it and even sounds an alarm when the water temp gets too high, around 86 degrees F. I found this out while holding the temp probe tight in the palm of my hand for a while testing it the temp probe really worked. Don't know if that’s adjustable but nice to know it’s there.
Well built By Mike on 2/17/2012
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
These heaters are well built and come in a nice compact size which allows for them to be easily used in the sump. However I wish they could find a way to combine the cables from the heater, the controller and the probe.
Good for the Money By Brenton on 2/13/2012
Brenton would recommend this product to a friend
I have both a 50W for my pico reef tank and a 100W for my freshwater, this heater has given me no problems so far, I plan on updating soon, however for the money you absolutely cannot beat this titanium heater, works reliably even when the temp probe is off by 1 or two degrees it is constant so you are able to set it. I would recommend to anybody starting out and looking to update at a later date.
Junk By encieno on 1/11/2012
encieno wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I sure hope all of these aren't as bad as the one I got. It won't maintain temperature, the controller constantly turns the heater off. I have to go hit it a few times to get it back on. This is the second time in a month that it's dropped my freshwater tank to 70 degrees when it's set at 79! It just turns itself off all the time.. Would never buy one again.
Quality By Andrew on 1/9/2012
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
It's nice to have upgraded beyond a glass heater. This product has relatively long cords. It recalls the temperature setting after having the power cut.
I have this set up on my ReefKeeper Elite which cuts the power to the heater anytime the water gets too warm. I reccomend using a controller like the ReefKeeper with ANY heater.
Great until?! By David on 12/2/2011
David would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this heater as part of my yearly ritual of replacing my heater in the tank. I've had 2 heater problems in the past and both stuck on! It nevers fails that Im away when this happens! This heater was great and with the separate temp probe kept the tank within a tighter window than previously. However 2 weeks ago this one stuck on as well. I think the product is great but after only 8 months, I got less time out of this one. I still reccomend, but I will be purchasing a monitor shortly to keep the next heater in check. After three heater malfunctions and hundreds of dollars worth of livestock losses its time. Cool heater! Best Ive had so far.
Great little heater By Walter on 11/29/2011
Walter would recommend this product to a friend
Got the 50 watter. Small enough to fit in chamber 1 of a Bio Cube 14 along with a protein skimmer without having to remove the lower shelf. Holds temperature between 76 to 77 when set to 77.
Great Heater By Joe on 11/23/2011
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
These heaters are great. Solid built. Definitely recommend. Submerse completely underwater and dont worry about the level of water changing. I have a 200w and a 300w one. The 200w heats my change water easily. The 300w Does a good job heating my display tank on a controller.
Stop Worrying About Tank Temp By AARON on 10/13/2011
AARON would recommend this product to a friend
This is an all around great product. I got the 150W for my 40 Gal FOWLR and I have to say it was the best thing i have purchased for my tank. I set the temp to 79 degrees and never have to worry about temperature swings. Very affordable and easy to use. Get one.
Stopped working after 3 months By Bob on 10/11/2011
Bob wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Heater would not work anymore after 3 months.Heater indicator light stayed off and water temperature got down to 74 deg.
Just an expensive digital temperature gauge now.I'll be staying away from Finnex for now on.
these heaters suck... By Jeff on 9/25/2011
Jeff wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
i bought two 100W Finnex HMO heaters last October...I used them in my tank for 6 months just fine and then removed them for the summer months...they have never run dry whatsoever and when I went to put them back in my sump a few days ago, neither of them generated any heat whatsoever even though the indicator lights are on...we'll see if Finnex stands by their brand, but for now these heaters get the bottom of the barrel rating from me
Well thought out By Chris on 9/10/2011
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Easily set the temp and forget about it. All the wires are long enough to give you plenty of elbow room for placing. Appears to be very well made.
Great value product By Aaron on 9/7/2011
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
Best titanium heater for the price. Easy to use digital temp control. Comes with separate heat sensor to give you a more accurate reading and can be placed apart from you heater to give you a more accurate reading of the temperature in other parts of your tank besides directly next to the heating element. Could use a longer length of cord for both the temp probe and the heater, but for the price I'm not going to complain too much.
Nice heater and great price. By vladimir on 8/20/2011
vladimir would recommend this product to a friend
I bought one 300w. This heater is wonderful and keeps the water at the desired temp. Buy one.
Very Nice! By Richie` on 7/20/2011
Richie` would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for my new 80 set up and its worked very well. Holds the temp at 80, without even a degree of fluctuating. Highly recommend :)
My Newest Favorite Brand By Whys Alives on 7/8/2011
Whys Alives would recommend this product to a friend
Best titanium heaters out there for the price. But in an ideal world, the temp alarm settings would be adjustable and the auto kill would be a separate sensor built into the tube, so as to prevent overheat in run-dry situations. A couple more inches for each cord would also be nice, but this is not a perfect world. :)
Great Heater! By David on 6/28/2011
David would recommend this product to a friend
I have had great success with the 150 watt heater in my 40 gallon system. It keeps the temperature very consistent and the temperature probe and digital readout make it very easy to keep track of how well it is working.
Great heater By Heinz on 6/26/2011
Heinz would recommend this product to a friend
The heater is easy to set and adjust the temp so far it has been holding my tank around +-1 degree. It is extremely nice not having to remove the heater to adjust it. Others have said the cords are a bit short but 32 inches from control head to heater is perfect for my setup. I just wish that they would have put the power plug on the top of the controller so that the cord to the heat would come out of the bottom. Doing that would give some people a few extra inches but there again it depends on your setup
Outstanding By Aquanut on 4/29/2011
Aquanut would recommend this product to a friend
I previously owned Marineland Visi-Therm Heater for 1 of 3 of my tanks. I have Marineland Stealth Pro’s for the other 2. I have had limited luck with these heaters. When the Visi-Therm Heater went out, I lost my Philippine Yellow Tang, Swissguard Basslet, and Hi-Fin Goby, I decided it was time to change brands. I read the reviews on different heaters and then turned to BRS and I decided to give the Finnex 150W Heater with Digital Controller a try. I really like this heater. It does an excellent job with a much smaller footprint (~7 ¾” L vs. 13 ½” L) and uses 50 Watts less than the heater it replaced. Purchased on 2/8/2011 and plan on purchasing these as a replacement when the Stealth Pro's burn out.
worked great until I ran it dry By pico on 1/24/2011
pico wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have 3 50w and they all worked great with the exception of one which ran dry and stopped heating/leaked. I can't blame the heating element but did think it had an emergency off for those situations - buy but dont run dry.
Good Heater By Jake on 1/12/2011
Jake would recommend this product to a friend
I have this heater in addition to the HPS line. This is by far the better of the two. The external controls allow for easy adjustment without getting wet.
The only change i wish this had was a way to silence the temperature alarm. I routinely use this heater to heat my RO/DI water before using it - if the temp of the water is below 65, there is a constant alarm with no way to turn off. Its not too bad in my garage, but if you have this in your house, you're going to get annoyed quickly.
Nice heater with temperature display By Christiaan on 1/11/2011
Christiaan would recommend this product to a friend
Have been using on on my system for the last year it is a good heater with a nice temperature display on it. the only problem with it is that I am using a controller to control my temperature and every time the heater gets powered on there is a beep so if you are planning on using this heater with another control I would recommend the one with the analog control.
Excellent Heater! By Kyle on 12/13/2010
Kyle would recommend this product to a friend
This heater is wonderful!! Comes with its own temp probe and everything! Digital readout is bright and easy to read. Maintains the tank temp well. Needs a little longer lead out from the heater to the control box but other than that it has been wonderful!
low price works great By Philip on 11/14/2010
Philip would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this to keep the water in my ro storage that same temp as my tank so I wouldnt have to worry about temp shock. This keeps the water at the desired temp. Like others have said...the cables are a little short but it works well for me. No problems with it so far.
Can't bet it for the Price By Clinton on 10/31/2010
Clinton would recommend this product to a friend
I've had this for ~2mths and couldn't ask for anything more. The Digital Temp is off by 2F but it constant so not an big deal. I would like the cables a little longer but thats just nit picking. I will be order more of these to replace aging heaters for the money you won't find a better heater!!!
Economical Heater with Questionable Lifespan By JJ12680 on 10/26/2010
JJ12680 wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought four 500 watt Finnex heaters about a year and a half ago. Since then, two have broken (still have power but the switches no longer work). When they were working, they worked great and kept a stable temp (+1/-1). The switch is a little loud, which can be an issue if you don't like hearing a click as it turns on and off.
Conventient digital controller By Robin on 10/2/2010
Robin would recommend this product to a friend
But I wish there was a way to calibrate the digital temp sensor. Also, needs a little more cable between the controller and the heater tube.