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Old 11/14/2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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I hate aquarium heaters!!!!!!!!!!

Early this morning my wife and I got woken up by a very large explosion sound, I thought it was a transformer out side, but it was my tank!!!
My stealth pro 200W heater that was in my glass sump exploded and demolished my sump. Dropped like 5g of refugium water on the floor, and when i say exploded i mean exploded. The blast opened the door in my stand blew all the glass out of the 5G sump and broke the plastic rim in the tank!
Needless to say there is a huge mess to clean up, glass, water, sand, macro-algae.

I'm getting feed-up with this hobby, I was so annoyed I almost drained the entire tank and took the whole thing down.

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Old 11/14/2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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holy cow! Sorry that this happened. Wonder what would make a heater explode? How old was it?


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Old 11/14/2010, 02:54 PM   #3
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Woah..... That's scary. Glad no-one was hurt.


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Old 11/14/2010, 02:58 PM   #4
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Heaters

I went out of town once and when I got back heater had broke and heated water up and killed everything, quite the stink. but I have never had one just blow up


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Old 11/14/2010, 02:58 PM   #5
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That sucks. I'm sorry, I feel for you. It looks disastrous. You said it even broke the plastic rim of the tank. The sump tank or display? I'm hoping it was the sump trim.


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Old 11/14/2010, 04:10 PM   #6
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Wow. One more stealth heater explosion added to the list! Sorry to hear.


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Old 11/14/2010, 04:11 PM   #7
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how long did you have it for? You could call the manufacturing company and they probably will reimburse you for the damages.


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Old 11/14/2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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these stealth heater stories are really scaring me. I've had great luck with them... but these stories make me very nervous


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Old 11/14/2010, 04:32 PM   #9
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these stealth heater stories are really scaring me. I've had great luck with them... but these stories make me very nervous
Same here. And I have two of them!


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Old 11/14/2010, 04:38 PM   #10
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I'm using two on my diplay tank as well! a 200w and a 250. I have a 50watt in my 5 gallon quarantine, and 2 100 watts in each of my brute mixing containers. And they are all at least 2 years old


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Old 11/14/2010, 05:04 PM   #11
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I think 90% of heater stories on here involve a stealth. Even if they have fixed the problem, I wouldn't risk one for anything. Sorry to hear about the loss, but for anyone still running them and reading this, it is a known problem, so continue at your own risk.


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Old 11/14/2010, 05:19 PM   #12
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It seems like the newer ones are exploding moreso than the old ones. I've seen several BRAND NEW out of the box ones explode within a few weeks of being installed. Pretty scary stuff. Man I miss Ebo Jager heaters =/


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Old 11/14/2010, 06:19 PM   #13
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It looks like your livestock in the display tank is ok?

Wow this is at least the second time within the last month I've heard of a similar Stealth problem! But to highlight the silver lining, it was maybe better that the sump exploded. Otherwise all the toxic stuff from the heater will have mixed with the display tank, and kill everything quickly.


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Old 11/14/2010, 06:27 PM   #14
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I really didn't want to hear this. I just recently bought my second one.


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Old 11/14/2010, 06:28 PM   #15
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Thanks guys for the kind words.
yes, the broken rim was the sump not the display, thank goodness the display is just fine no issues there.

Here's the back story on this heater.....

Last spring my original stealth heater got stuck 100% on and nearly cooked my tank, caught it just in time temp was 92*, nothing died. So i contacted Marineland and they sent me a new stealth pro, it was summer so no need for the heater. I just stared to run the new heater about 6wks ago when the weather got cold. Last week it started acting up, one day it was good the next cold water, so I ordered a new titanium heater on Wednesday (should be here Tuesday), then Saturday this happened.
Looking back I should have removed the heater as soon as i noticed and issue but......

I didn't know this was a common problem, I always thought stealth heaters where good?


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Old 11/14/2010, 06:36 PM   #16
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Wow. One more stealth heater explosion added to the list! Sorry to hear.
I'm never buying a stealth. Far too many stories just like yours.


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Old 11/14/2010, 06:54 PM   #17
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I think 90% of heater stories on here involve a stealth. Even if they have fixed the problem, I wouldn't risk one for anything. Sorry to hear about the loss, but for anyone still running them and reading this, it is a known problem, so continue at your own risk.
Those heaters need to be black listed.


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Old 11/14/2010, 07:39 PM   #18
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Holy crap, that's scary. I had one old style stick on in my 30G saltwater mixing container and nearly boiled the water. I thought they were better now and have had 2 in my sump of my 90G. But I run them off my RKE with separate thermostat, so I don't depend on the Stealth thermostats. Think I will change them to be safe.

What are the best heaters out there these days? I also remember when the Ebo Jagers were rock solid for years, but I don't think that's the same anymore.


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Old 11/14/2010, 07:44 PM   #19
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sorry to hear about your problem.
mine works like a champ for months now.
i guess i am lucky. i never had a heater issue and i have tried many brands over
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Old 11/14/2010, 07:51 PM   #20
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Not cool at all I got zapped by one so I've used Titanium heaters ever since. The only downfall to those is if ur heater is ever exposed to air, it'll blow the fuse in the controller. Ur incident so so unfortunate!


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Old 11/14/2010, 08:17 PM   #21
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Was this the plastic one or glass?
I had a glass one explode so I switched to the plastic one.
I'm getting nervous now.
What else is everyone using that's suppose to be the best?


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Old 11/14/2010, 08:28 PM   #22
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I have had 3 stealth all went bad in less then 6 months from purchase. I will never buy another one again


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Old 11/14/2010, 08:28 PM   #23
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marineland heaters = pure junk ... sorry for your misfortune


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Old 11/14/2010, 08:30 PM   #24
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Was this the plastic one or glass?
I had a glass one explode so I switched to the plastic one.
I'm getting nervous now.
What else is everyone using that's suppose to be the best?
from what i understand there is no best. each and every manufacturer has horror
stories if you do a search.

the people who have had bad events happen before normally get a controller
to handle "odd" situations like getting stuck on or failing to turn on.

blowing up.. well this is the first i have heard of that!
edited to add: blowing up while fully submerged.. naturally i know of heaters
blowing up when people let the water get too low.. heater gets really hot.. and
then water hits it. that never ends well.



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Old 11/14/2010, 09:58 PM   #25
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I bought one but luckily before I had the chance to use it in my sump I came across one of those horror stories here on RC. I researched them and decided not to use it on my reef.

I use mine for a day at a time when I make a new batch of saltwater. Even if it over heats the water or explodes not a whole lot of harm done in mixing bucket.


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