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    Some one on PlantedTank has made one without the Heyco Cord Grip. He just siliconed the heater into a PVC reducing coupling and then used PVC cement glue to bond the coupling to the PVC tubing Tee piece. He had no issues with it leaking.
    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=1929481

    I am very tempted as the black body section of the Eheim Jager heater (the bit between the dial and the thermostat) fits snuggly into a Holman 40 x 32mm PVC Reducing Coupling from Bunnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    Some one on PlantedTank has made one without the Heyco Cord Grip. He just siliconed the heater into a PVC reducing coupling and then used PVC cement glue to bond the coupling to the PVC tubing Tee piece. He had no issues with it leaking.
    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?p=1929481

    I am very tempted as the black body section of the Eheim Jager heater (the bit between the dial and the thermostat) fits snuggly into a Holman 40 x 32mm PVC Reducing Coupling from Bunnings.
    Looks like it would work. Would just be a pain in the a$$ to open back up if you get something stuck in there or have any issues. Is there a reason you don't want to use a cordgrip? They are quite cheap and gives you the option of taking the heater out at any point. Haven't had any leaks at all with mine. They are very well designed.
    My 80cm Cube - http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/53552-Zanes-High-Tech-80cm-Cube-Build

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    It adds too much to the overall length. The heater is 506mm long so if you add the cord grip, Tee piece and the inlet attachments, it would be over 700mm which is too tall for my cabinet. My CO2 reactor just fits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    It adds too much to the overall length. The heater is 506mm long so if you add the cord grip, Tee piece and the inlet attachments, it would be over 700mm which is too tall for my cabinet. My CO2 reactor just fits.
    You can make the enclosure so it only adds a few mm to the total length of the heater. You make it with an elbow at the bottom and the body of the chamber long enough so the rounded end of the heater almost touches the outside curve of the elbow which is the bottom end of the chamber. At the top end it doesnt matter whether the cable gland is around the glass tube or whether you sink the heater in up to its control dial as the heater itself is protruding from the top in both cases.

    Like this with the bottom of the heater almost touching the end (and I would probably use slightly bigger diameter pipe to reduce internal resistance).
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    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    It adds too much to the overall length. The heater is 506mm long so if you add the cord grip, Tee piece and the inlet attachments, it would be over 700mm which is too tall for my cabinet. My CO2 reactor just fits.
    As grubs just mentioned you can let the end of the heater come down into the corner fitting. I did this on mine and it doesn't make the heater much longer than it is without the enclosure. You could always mount the heater on an angle inside your cabinet if there is still space issues?
    My 80cm Cube - http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/53552-Zanes-High-Tech-80cm-Cube-Build

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    Hmmm. Anyone SA member care to lend me a 150-200W heater while I experiment with my Eheim?

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    I think I'm going to try this out ! I wonder if your Eheim Jager heater is the size of my heater Vlad (no sexual pun intended) so I can get that Holman 40 x 32mm PVC Reducing coupling from Bunnings is there a replacement 'cordgrip' thing that isnt made by heyco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheese View Post
    I think I'm going to try this out ! I wonder if your Eheim Jager heater is the size of my heater Vlad (no sexual pun intended) so I can get that Holman 40 x 32mm PVC Reducing coupling from Bunnings is there a replacement 'cordgrip' thing that isnt made by heyco?
    Apparently you can get the Cord grip from Middy's.

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    There is another local seller (NPA) in Adelaide which sells them for $13.76 which what they charge for private and trades people. Middy's charge heaps if you are not in the trade. $80 for a length of clear PVC as opposed to $5.

    Chees, all Eheim Jager heaters have the same diameter but different length depending on wattage. If yours is a 300W then it should be the same size as mine.

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    My H2Pro 300w heater is just under 8cm in diameter (just the glass bit) The black bit with the stick knobby would stay out of the pvc coupling right? (this black bit where it joins the glass has a thread on it? I dont understand why though).

    Ebay shipping is mega expensive to Aussie. If middys prices are so expensive I might try my local water irrigation specialists and see if they have anything similar...

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    If good old Adelaide has a seller of heyco production s, I am sure Melbourne should. Go to heyco and search for distributors/sellers in Vic. I don't think that bit is a thread, just for looks like the Fluval heaters. Also in no way is that heater 8cm in diameter. Do you mean 8mm in radius? Finally that heater is not suitable for inline job as you won't be able to see the temp readings/scale. The new Aqua One thermo safe, fluval and eheim jager are pretty much the only ones with top mounted dial.

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    Heyco still offer the free sample...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangcla View Post
    Heyco still offer the free sample...
    They do??!!! How??? Tell us!!!!!!

    Vlad - I had no idea why I typed in 8cm?? its diameter is around 2.4cm...(maybe I multiplied it for some reason?)

    I found this... is it the same thing?
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/40mm-Blac...8ed63de&_uhb=1

    Do i really need to see the dial? I assume I can just set the temperature I like and adjust it slowly and if I still have problems I can just take it out and adjust as it should be easy with the that cordgrip thingy right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheese View Post
    They do??!!! How??? Tell us!!!!!!
    Heyco website - then sample request

    Direct URL: http://sales.heyco.com/hpiweb/OBW0112R.PGM

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    Thanks!! Arnt they going to wonder why all of a sudden people in Aussie want some samples??

    It says US mail? will that ship to Australia? what is EAU? and which cordgrip did I want? there's stacks!!!!!

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