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Old 09-12-2011, 01:54 PM   #1 
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25W or 50W heater?

I will be getting a 5 gallon tank soon, and I want to get the Hagen Elite 25W heater. I was wondering if it would be enough to heat a 5 gallon tank, or should I go with a 50W?
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:08 PM   #2 
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I have a 6.6gal (not filled all the way, so probably closer to 5-6) and I use a 50w Aqueon. 25w might work if it's a good quality, adjustable heater. What's it rated for?
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:47 PM   #3 
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I believe it's supposed to be approximately 3-5 watts per gallon. I have a couple of 25 watts in 5 gallons that work great.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:47 PM   #4 
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It says on the package up to 5.5 gallons. If 25W heaters work well in 5 gallons, then I think I'll stick with this one. I just read before that some people have a 50W in a tank as small as 2.5 gallons and doing well with it.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:48 PM   #5 
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I have a 50W on a 5.5. Keeps it nice and toasty!
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:16 PM   #6 
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I don't have the same heater as you, but I got a new 5g and the heater I have is 25w. It works great in my tank, if anything, so I don't see why it wouldn't be possible for yours to work, either...
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:25 PM   #7 
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I have 25 watts in all three of my tanks - two 5 gallons and one 3 gallon. Haven't had a problem with uneven heating or cold water :)

FWIW, I can highly recommend the Hydro Theo 25w or the Marineland 25w Visi-therm.
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #8 
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Thanks everyone. I think I'll try the 25W out first, and if it can't do the job, then I'll get a 50W.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:33 PM   #9 
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Sounds like a good plan. Good luck!
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Thanks. :)
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