Where do you guys put your heaters?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dzuckerm, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. dzuckerm

    dzuckerm Guest

    I know I probably should know the answer to this but I'm just not sure.

    I have a standard 180 with two corner overflows and a 60 gallon sump which is in the garage (directly behind the tank).

    I run the apex controller (as of last week) and put the temperature probe in the sump right next to the return pump (so it should be giving me the tempterature of the water that is being returned to the main tank. I put the temp probe in the sump for two reasons: 1. the apex unit itself is in my garage where the sump is and 2. I dont like the look of having all these probes coming out of my display.

    Right now I have two 200watt heaters, one in each overflow box.

    Would it be better to place the heaters in the sump also? or should i put the heaters in the display itself (which would look terrible) or just leave the heaters where they are?

  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Critical - put the temp sensor in the same body of water as the heaters.
    Otherwise if pumps stop - bad things happen.

    In the overflows is an issue as well, if they drain when pumps stop.

    I put all the heaters/sensors in the sump.

    Only reason I would see to put them in the display tank is if you have really low
    circulation to sump, or long pipes that lose heat.
  3. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    Mines hidden in overflow n in sump.....
  4. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Heaters and probes are in the sump.
  5. houser

    houser Past President

    A 250 watt in main tank and a 300 watt in sump. Sump set higher setpoint than tank. Guards against certain scenarios.
  6. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Heater and probe are in the sump
  7. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Two heathers, 150W in the fuge part of the sump, probes on opposite side of heather; second heather beneath the horizontal bubble trap/baffle, right below the skimmer.
  8. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

  9. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    probe and heater in sump
  10. mavjoy

    mavjoy Guest

    Heater and probes inside the sump...got 2 temp probes to make sure it matches or close enough.
  11. dzuckerm

    dzuckerm Guest

    Thanks everyone. Moved the two heaters into opposite ends of the sump, but not too close to the temp probe. I have very good flow through my sump (return pump is a mag 24), so I'm not too worried about a temperature differential b/w the tank and sump.
  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    we need a pic update!
  13. dzuckerm

    dzuckerm Guest

    You're right! Snapped some just now and posted them to my tank thread. Thanks!
  14. BigMac

    BigMac Guest

    I put my 200 watt heating in my bubble trap.

    It hardly ever comes on because my house is very warm.
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    400w heater in the heater compartment of the chiller. :D
  16. iani

    iani Guest

    Huh? Of what tank? haha
  17. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, I thought if Eric wanted to warm his tank up he just rubs the side with his hand for a minute and viola, instant 80° water!
  18. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Whatcha mean tank? That's a totally different ballgame! :p

    Pretty close, Mike. 3.5 gallons once again and no salt in it.

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