Didn't Last By Mike on 2/29/2012
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Purchased a HPS 300w on 1/24/12 and it died 34 days later. While itworked it was good. Now looking for something different.
Doesn't Last.... By Mike on 2/29/2012
Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Purchased a 300w on 1/24/12, it died on 2/28/12. While it worked it did work well. Now searching for a better heater.
Nice features, but doesn't last long By John on 2/18/2012
John wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I bought 2 of the 300 W heaters because the reviews seemed overall positive. I used these heaters (one at a time) on my 75 gallon marine tank. The first one lasted only one week when the temp went from 80 to 70 within one day. I replaced that one with a second heater and that one (set to 80) is also slowing loosing ground (tank is now down to 76) after only 2 weeks of use. Hard to believe that I just happened to get two defective heaters. These are made in China, which might explain the short life-span.
Great heater By Arthur on 2/4/2012
Arthur would recommend this product to a friend
I have this 300w heater in my 200 gallon system. 125 display tank, 75 gallon sump and it keeps my water at a steady 79-80F. My ambient temperature is 71F and this heater does a great job for its size. It's like half the length of other brands with the same wattage. Fits great in those sumps that aren't so wide/tall.
Not happy By Vincent on 1/29/2012
Vincent wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased one of these 300 watt heaters recently because of the reviews. However, I am not impressed. The first one I had shattered inside of my sump for some unknown reason. BRS was great about it and sent me out a replacement the very next day. Tonight when I came home I noticed that my tank was down to 74.5 degrees when I keep it at 80 degrees. For some reason the heater quit working. I tried troubleshooting without success. I will not by one of these again.
Stopped working after 2 months By Steve on 1/19/2012
Steve wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I purchased the 300w heater and it worked great, I was really happy with it. That is until is stopped working yesterday. I contacted Finnex and am waiting to hear back from them on a warranty replacement.
Don't do it!! By megan on 1/15/2012
megan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have owned 4 of these heaters in the last 6 months, only one of which is still working. QT heaters thermostat malfunctioned killing my poor fish. Other two just stopped working after 3-4 months. Thankfully I use two heaters in my DT so the whole tank didnt crash. they look nice and have a nice price tag but aren't reliable.
swell heater! By Marcos on 1/8/2012
Marcos would recommend this product to a friend
i really like my 200w finnex heater. the digital display is great and has proven to heat accurately against my two other thermometers in the tank. great value!
Seems like value but doesn't last long and poor warranty By Matthew on 12/12/2011
Matthew wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
My QT HPS-100 quit working on me after about 3-4 months of total use, of course this was 8 months after I purchased it (only used QT a few times)so Finnex wouldn't replace it.
Unfortunately, I purchased a HPS-300 for my display tank right before the HPS-100 stopped working (big mistake). That HPS-300 lasted about 2-3 weeks of use before it stopped heating, nearly killing off my tank. In the process of getting that one replaced.
Seems like a lot of value for a heater and a very nice package/design. But from my experience over the last 8-9 months I would not recommend this heater series to anyone. One lasted about 3-4 months, while the other one lasted about 2-3 weeks. In addition, with a warranty of 6 months from date of purchase I would never risk purchasing this heater again.
so far so good By John on 12/11/2011
John would recommend this product to a friend
I just got two of these and they work real well. Time will tell how durable they are. I really like the digital temp display, so it is easy to see when they are on in my sump.
Only one complaint By Mike on 12/10/2011
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
I'm happy with the heater overall. Very easy setup and holds temp in narrow enough range. My only problem so far is that the suction cups slide around on the glass. I'm not sure if it's due to algae film on the glass but my other in tank suction cups haven't had any problems. This one started sliding around after about 4 days. However, the cups are holding the heater in place at this time so it's alright for now.
Awesome! By Aquasapien on 11/25/2011
Aquasapien would recommend this product to a friend
I buy a lot of my tanks off Craigslist and a lot of times a heater is included. So, I've tried a ton of heaters and as a general rule I hate heaters. So recently I did some searches and it seemed that the 'ol Jager was most often used.....BUT I saw these and thought I'd give them a try. I bought 3 Jagers and 4 of these last month and so far I DEFINITELY prefer these!! I have a thermometer in every tank and double check with a handheld digital and these heaters keep my tanks within +/- 1 degree all the time and have been flawless in operation. One of my brand new Jagers ran away one night and there went that tank!! I'm going to continue to buy these heaters from now on. If I get a bad one, I'll write it here. Why pay more for heaters that cook or chill your tank? I'm so glad to have found these heaters!!