Jump to content

aquael unbreakable heater


revolutionhope
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hi SKFers

Just a headsup. yes these aquael unbreakable heaters DO look great and its wonderful they're not made of glass but of plastic instead. i decided to be a guineapig without muxh info out there on the net about their reliability or otherwise.. and so I've got them for most of my tanks.

So they've all been running for an average duration of 3-5months i suppose. and now unfortunately I've had two fail recently with the same symptom :-(

The power seems to constantly come off and on - (the led indicator keeps flashing) and the heater fails to actually heat the tank at all..

They haven't had to work very hard as my house stays very warm. I am disappointed!! i am sorry @newbreed -edit- oops i meant @neo2fx !! i did not spot the second failed aquael heater until tonight (this one was in the cull tank, issue could well have been going on for some time..)

Anyway think I'll be avoiding this one from now on and stick with good ole fluval and eheim.

I'm glad its spring now i can probably turn off the heaters soonish anyway and replace them in half a years time (i mostly keep cherries)

I'd love to know if anyone else has much experience with these???

love n peace

will

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 years later...

I have used these (Dennerle do the exact same so I believe they are the same) for years and been very very pleased. I have only had one 'break', in the sense it stopped working and that was probably after about 3 years. I have black backgrounds in my tanks so love the fact you can't really see the heater (unless the heater lights are on of course). I wouldn't go back to glass ones again, I don't like seeing them in the tank and my EXPERIENCE is they are much more fragile all round. I live in UK so heaters are never 'not required'...................even in summer!

Edited by sdlTBfanUK
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know they are called 'unbreakable' but nothing lasts/works forever.

I think they are referring to the fact they are robustly built and very tough, the heating element though won't last forever (that's probably impossible) but the plastic casing etc is 'unbreakable' which is certainly not the case (in my limited experience) with the glass ones.

I haven't actually tested it with a hammer though, so depends on your definition of 'unbreakable' I suppose!!!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 years later...

Have had the same experience - they look great and are small enough to hide behind some java ferns BUT after a few weeks STOP working! They weren't cheap as well, I paid $75 and they failed. Very disappointing for what I thought was a good replacement for my eheim Jagers.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have been through so many expensive heaters and they are no better than cheap heaters in terms of failure rates.

I now use an Inkbird ITC308 Temperature Controller with cheap heaters as a 2nd layer of protection.

The Inkbird will turn the heater on or off without needing to rely on the heaters thermal probe. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Join Our Community!

    Register today, ask questions and share your shrimp and fish tank experiences with us!

  • Must Read SKF Articles

  • Posts

    • jayc
      Great shot of Big Mama!  I reckon, 1 week tops for hatching.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Great photo and news. The eggs are fading yellow but there are eyes so all looking good and there are a lot of eggs! Probably about half way ready to hatch.
    • d3ss3n
      Let's hope the big mama can lay safely those eggs
    • jayc
      Sorry, I'm not in that area. 🙃   I prefer Glass tanks. Acrylic scratches way too easily. Often while cleaning algae off the sides. And once it's built up enough scratches, viewing gets obstructed.    Often going with LARGE tanks, you start to fall into custom built stands. So don't be surprised if you cannot find anything suitable.   
    • sdlTBfanUK
      The easiest way wouod be to go to an aquarium shop and get a tank with a cabinet made for that tank, as that should be able to support the weight, as water in any large quantity is very heavy. I suspect it would have to be a glass aquarium at that capacity, otherwise the plastic would have to be very thick. It is possible to use a non aquarium specific piece of furniture but as you say it is quite risky, though I did help a friend do that by strengthening a nice decorative piece of furniture they had that they wanted to put a 350L tank on. It has been doing the job for 10 years but also bear in mind water marks, and we had to varnish many coats to make sure water doesn't soak into the wood etc. Its not really worth it in reality, it cost a lot of money to buy all the wood/stuff to strengthen it so was probably no cheaper, and a lot of time doing it. It may be dearer to get a combo tank and stand but much much easier and safer, and only you can know what ones you llike the appearance of? I would start off going to local stores and seeing if they have any you like, and even if not it will give you ideas?
×
×
  • Create New...