Originally Posted by Thunderloon
Pff, been on the other forums much? Idiots keep draining tanks past the bottom of the Marineland Stealth Pro's even though they've been recalled for exploding... I felt it necessary to indicate the most common failure state for aquarium heaters in my post because that failure state is "stupidity".
More than half the bad Tetra heaters you find at Walmart were brought back after someone plugged em in out of the water and wondered why they didn't work.
Actually I have a different problem with tetra heaters. My landlord has control of the thermostat for my entire complex and keeps all the apartments at 70 degrees. While that is a bit chilly it is a healthy temp for humans. UNfortunately that leaves my fish in 68 degree water. So if a tetra heater is calibrated to raise my 5 gallon tank of water from room temp (76-77 degrees) up to 78-80 degrees in the factory, then I'm only going to have 72-74 degree tanks no matter how long I wait.
So I agree. If someone doesn't understand that and buys a tetra heater over an adjustable heater, they will return a "defective" heater that actually works very well. I have the proper heater for my current situation now, but I can't fualt tetra for my hassle. I simply brought the wrong heater because I didn't know then what I know about heaters today.
However, you could have called me a idiot more nicely. Now I have hurt feelings and need a hug.
On that note, I no longer take short cuts with my heaters. I've learned my lesson now. I'll cut corners with decore, plants, liquid tests, and food when I see good online prices. But I would be wary of a heater that looks too cheap to be true.