Inline heaters

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    You can make a DIY inline heater... But it might need some shopping around for all the parts here in SA

    Check this video out might help

     
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    @David Kusner ,

    I know @top dog has experience and uses them.
    I have tagged him in, Im sure he will soon chime in
     
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    sorry for the late reply was stuck up in africa with no internet
    I make up my own, got the idea from ones used on koi ponds but did not like the idea of pvc and heat so used stainless steel tubing and ceramic elements that stays dry in a inner tube. Use a thermostat to control temperature
    works great have a 3kw one for a 8 foot tank standing in a workshop and a 2kw one working on my new ray tank.
    have not experience with ones off the shelf unfortunately.
     
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    Please do a build thread on here.. So we can make one
     
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    Hmmm good Idea, I didn't think of a DIY one and I should have, I am all for DIY first.
    "If at first you don't succeed, try again and then if it still fails give-up and support China!";)
    I have a couple of ideas in mind I am going to try out. I want to get as much of the clutter out of my 400L as possible, its starting to look like a large science experiment at the moment.
     
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    LOL :lol::lol:
     
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    Where did you get the heating elements from and why are there 3 inlets/outlets on the one you made for the ray tank please?
     
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    got the element from alstom electrical elements in driehoek germiston
    there is 1 inlet 1.5inch and 2 outlets 3/4inch, the tank has 2 filter return inlet holes drilled in bottom of overflow decided was easier to reduce size of piping and split flow on the heater than trying to build additional manifold as space was tight.
    pump is rated for 18000ltr so having to outlets also helped with the flow
    hope that makes sense
     
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    Thank you... Is this cheaper then buying normal in sump heaters?
     
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    in my case yes for the following reasons:
    • always put my heaters on a thermostat as safety precaution so thermostat was fixed cost
    • like to 1watt per litre so would have need 7 300watt heaters at R700 for eheim jagger (only heaters i really trust)
    • used scrap tube i had lying around so material where free
    • used it as a training exercise for lightie at my workshop so labor was free
     
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    That's a large volume of water to keep heated! I have also heard that even the eheim jagger although one of the better heaters compared to Ching chong Cha heaters is not as good as they used to be back in the day and dont seem to last as long as the original ones.
     
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    Very nice... I think this is great on larger tanks... Time for you to bring them to market for us plebs that can't weld :lol:
     
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    Hmmmm actually nothing wrong with eheim .. my observation - our grid power causes more damage to them than what one would expect, this has reduced working life of things like thermostat switchs etc - this might even be by design. Hence I now run external temperature probes and electronic switch gear.

    Hydor was imported to SA maybe 3 years plus ago - not sure if this is still the case. https://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/threads/in-line-aquarium-heaters.23863/

    So yes you might find some stock on some shelves.



    Later Ferdie
     
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    I am doing the same now and I found one in particular that is cheap but works very well and I am getting persistance constant temps with them and the beauty is you can easily adjust the temperature settings in seconds.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah - very cool ...
     
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    Where did you get this please? Only ever seen STC1000 temp controllers
     
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