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Old 11-11-2011, 10:05 PM   #1 
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Which heater would YOU get...?

And if you have either of the two....can you give me some opinions?

Hydor Theo 25W Adjustable Temperature with numerated dial: $17.50
http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-THEO-Sub...pr_product_top

Hagen Elite Mini 25W Adjustable....non-numerated dial: $11.50
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Submersi...pr_product_top

I know there have been threads about this but I could really use some good opinions. I would rather get the cheaper one obviously, but I can't decide if adding the extra dollars is justified.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:50 AM   #2 
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I like the theo heaters... have a few of those myself.
I can't give you opinions on both because I've nevr owned an Elite heater.
How large is your tank?
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:31 AM   #3 
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I have a Hydor Theo in the 20 gallon and have never been able to get the thermostat to work properly. I will be tossing it and buying a more reliable one. I have three Elite 25 watt heaters in the Betta tanks and have yet to have any problems. You just adjust the dial until it reaches your desired temp.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #4 
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Theo, very reliable.
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:39 PM   #5 
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I have a 5 gallon tank. I've read a few reviews where the Elite leaks oil and sometimes even explodes in the tank.....? The theo is shatter proof, shock resistant, and even runs dry.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #6 
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Strange, I have three of those heaters and do not have either of those problems.

I do not recommend anyone ever run an aquarium heater dry, even if it says you can.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:18 PM   #7 
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Just bought the Theo...I'll update on how it is once I receive it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:51 PM   #8 
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The dial isn't very accurate, so guide yourself with a thermometer. I think my dial is set at 85 and heats to 80 degrees.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #9 
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I agree with the theo. Great heater but IME the thermostat isn't really accurate. Mine is set for 78 and heats at 80* LOL

That's why it's always important to have a thermometer and check it at least once a day, preferably check it every time you go up to the tank.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:46 PM   #10 
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Yeah, I have a thermometer which I monitor all the time. I've been without a heater for a few weeks now because I've been heating with the incandescent lamp. Surprisingly it keeps it at a steady 81 degrees, but at night the temp drops to about 77-78. I'll be leaving for a week for Thanksgiving break and the lamp will be off the entire time so I'm afraid the temps might drop to the lower 70's. Hopefully this heater just a consistent job.
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