RC Hagen A781 Fluval M 50 Watt Submersible Heater
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- Built in reflective technology mirrors the surrounding colors, making the heater blend into your aquarium environment
- Shock resistant Borosilicate glass; High density ceramic heat sick
- Slim profile tube for easy placement; Easy to install
- Exceptional performance and unsurpassed reliability
- Suitable for aquariums up to 15 gallons; 50 watts; 3 year warranty
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The Fluval "M" 50 watt submersible heater is quality manufactured in Europe using superior components and construction. This sleek, compact Fluval heater can be trusted for exceptional performance and unsurpassed reliability. Unique only to the Fluval "M" series the reflective technology helps maintain the aquariums' natural look as the heater reflects the colors of the surroundings. The heater is ideal for 15 US gal (50L). aquariums and can be used in fresh and saltwater tanks.
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The first thing I noticed upon opening the box was that this heater is huge for the wattage. Mine is 50 watts, to be used in a 10 gallon aquarium, and it is almost exactly the same height as the aquarium itself. Then when I put it in the aquarium it became clear that the reflective surface of the heater serves only to make it MORE visible. It just looks like this gleaming shiny metal object in there, and doesn't really seem to actually reflect the colors surrounding it, but instead it reflects the aquarium light above. Because of this I decided to lay it against the bottom back of the aquarium so that it is obscured by plants, and the cord goes right up the seam of the aquarium where it isn't noticeable. If you're buying this for its subtlety, you'll be disappointed.
BUT, despite this, I am pleased with my purchase to far. It has been keeping my 10 gallon betta tank appropriately warm, within a degree of the setting and that's all I really care about. I was going to get a Hydor Theo but this was bit cheaper. It seems to perform just as well. Granted I have only had it for about a day and a half, but I will update my review if the performance changes.
In case anyone's wondering, the heater appears to be some sort of metal or metallic material encased in glass, so it is fragile like other glass heaters. It's not made of metal on the outside.
Finally, I wanted to dispel the myth that this heater is not fully submersible. Although there is a fill line on the heater, my research has shown that everyone who has called the company directly has been told that the heater can be fully submerged safely, and that the fill line was included only due to some sort of strange government regulation.
Thought I would edit and say this is still heating well for me. I've also moved it into a different tank, and was able to position it in such a way that it is not very visible. I'm uploading a picture for reference.
When that burnt out, I purchased this heater. After reading the reviews, and seeing a lot of people having problems with the temperatures this unit can bring the water to, I decided to go for the 200 watt (supposed to be enough for a 60 gal tank), just to be sure there was PLEANTY of power to heat the tank properly.
Unfortunately, I've not been having much luck. Even at max setting of 86 deg, the tank was only getting heated to 75 degrees in a 70 degree room. I decided to move the heater to the back center of the tank with no obstructions, that helped a little bit, the tank is now at 79 degrees.
This is simply not going to work. I'm in Indianapolis and in the Winter, the room with the tank will get down to 60 degrees and I know that heater is not going to be able to warm the tank to 80 degrees.
What a drag, with Fall quickly trying to show it's chilly side, I now have to scramble to send this one back, wait for a refund and buy another one. I'd recommend you skip this product and select another one.
November 20 Update:
So, I replaced the heater I had received with another identical one, thinking that perhaps I just got a broken one, but unfortunately, this heater is even less effective than the last one. The max temperature the replacement heater is about 77 degrees even though I have it set to maximum of 86 degrees. Really, just stay away from this heater. Find another one.