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Old 12-28-2011, 09:56 PM   #1 
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Hagen Elite Heaters..

Short Review.. Pieces of fertilizer, do not buy..

Pro: cheap adjustable heater & holds the temps fine.

Cons: Like to blow themselves up & shatter inside of tanks..

I have had a 100w & a 300w of these heaters. 1st the 300w ate fertilizer when I forgot to unplug it during a water change.. Wasn't going to hold that against the brand as a whole since that was me being dumb even though it shouldn't have shattered itself from only being half submerged.. Well tonight the 100w bit the dust. My family & I were int he living room talking when we notice a strange hissing sound. My mom looks at my betta condo's & says its there filter.. I look & there are bubbles coming out of the heater which was below the filter. I look close & I can see that its full of moisture. I managed to get it unplugged just in time for the freekin thing to explode & blow its end & shard of glass into the tank..

In the future I will be sticking to Jager heaters.. The elites though cheaper are not worth the risk.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:28 PM   #2 
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Oh gosh, how frightening. Sorry that happened.

How long have you had the heaters? Are your fish alright? I have two 25w, and I'll certainly be keeping an eye on them. So far, I haven't had any kinks- *knock on wood* and I really hope this doesn't happen to me, or anyone else who has these heaters.
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The 300w was less then a week old when it bit the dust & the 100w under 2 months. All the fish appear to be ok. doing a water change though just incase though.
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