How big of heater do you think I will need? - The Reef Tank

Go Back   The Reef Tank > Reef Discussion Forums > General Reef Discussion

Old 03-17-2007, 09:52 PM   #1
Tasher80's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Posts: 2,489
How big of heater do you think I will need?

I will have my 180 gallon tank plus around 50 below the tank. The basement can get around 60 degrees if I shut the heat off in the basement. How big should I go with the heaters? I know I should probably get two so if one dies.
My Picture Gallery

180 gallon in wall reef tank.
Tasher80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 03-18-2007, 12:27 AM   #2
Little Fishy
1spotpooalot's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 487
People say 3watts / gallon but I think that this is very generic. It really depends on how much you will need to raise the temp in the tank. My tank (210 gal)is in the basement too where the temp can get down to 60 but, with all the pumps running on it the water temp rarley drops down too much. If I have no heat on my tank will stay at approx 66 degrees and since yours is a 180 assuming a few pumps are on your system, I would think you would be compareable to mine.
But to answer your question YES 2 heaters would be safe, but I have run my tank easily at 78 degrees with 1 350 wattWon pro heat Titanium heater. My LFS has them for 42 bucks with the dial in temp plug

at 250 raise your temp by 10 degrees you will need 230 watts
At 250 gallons to raise your temp by 15 will need 350 watts
20 degrees you will need 465 watts.....

I think 2 350 watt heaters will be fine if you hold a stedy temp without heaters at around63-65 degrees...JMHO
Confucious say: He who fly upsie down has crack up
1spotpooalot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2007, 12:31 AM   #3
Fly Guy
Fly Guy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NW
Posts: 11,345
Images: 41
I use 2 250's on my 225 and 1 on my 90. They didnt come on for more than 30 minutes a night all winter would cover the 225 im sure for my circumstances anyway.

Titanium is my material of choice.

My chillers run a ton though
I like to glue animals to rocks and put disturbing amounts of electricity and saltwater next to each other

Last edited by Fly Guy; 03-18-2007 at 11:43 AM..
Fly Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
kid impersonator
know-it-all's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: in the cheap seats
Posts: 3,840
Images: 157
I have my sump in the basement and it has (3) 250w heaters in it
total volume is around 150 gal
the opinions expressed are completely my own
the chip in my head only makes suggestions
know-it-all is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2007, 11:34 AM   #5
Ahhhh Barnacles!
ReefNeck's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Near A Coral Reef
Posts: 1,210
Images: 3
I would recommend 2 300W heaters. Brand/type is your choice but I personally prefer the "Stealth" heaters due to them being made of Plastic. No breaking even if you take it out of the water while plugged in.

If you go with the "Stealth" heaters, 2 X 250W will be fine for you.
I Keep looking at our in ground pool and wondering how much Live Rock I would need to make it a Reef!
ReefNeck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 07:24 AM   #6
Something of everything
Reefyone's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 270
You can use styrofoam to insulate the sump part of the tank - I had seen photo of the display tank, insulated from 3 sides, not too bad and functional.

For 90g tank plus 20g sump/fuge I'm using 2x250W Stealth heaters. Overkill, but - because if one will not work (or power outlet CGFI trips somehow, phey are plugged in the different lines), the second will do the job for a some time.
Reefyone is offline   Reply With Quote

titanium heater

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Old heater was way too hot! frankandmaura General Reef Discussion 17 09-14-2006 06:06 AM
heater coldwaterreefer TCMAS 11 07-11-2006 01:26 AM
WTB heater tito Rochester Minnesota Marine Aquarium Club (RMMAC) 0 03-13-2006 09:45 AM
What is the best heater?... Chuck Anderson TCMAS 6 02-05-2005 09:11 AM

Similar Issues
Issue Issue Starter Forum Replies Last Post
aquarium heater shattered toxins ? samson General Reef Discussion 4 2002-02-26 16:34:01
heater reef now what stuck 87 Drew General Reef Discussion 7 2001-12-21 18:57:22
how many watts heater to use for reef tank Scodz General Reef Discussion 6 2002-01-09 22:22:24
what size heater for 55 gallon reef tank KingTor Tank Specs 0 2002-01-10 21:03:20
how much heater do i need for a 14gal tank obrut General Reef Discussion 21 2012-04-20 20:14:06

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:51 PM.

Powered by
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Our lawyer tells us that, by pressing the "New Thread" or "New Reply" button, you acknowledge that the opinions and information expressed in your article are yours alone and not those of, dba The Reef Tank. Further, you agree to indemnify The Reef Tank, its moderators, administrators and agents from any and all liability which may arise as a result of your article. (C)opyright 2006