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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Can I safely heat a .5?

I'm sick of floating my assassins in a small cup in the tank, it gets so clumped with algae being so close to the light. SO while I took an hour scrubbing every inch of my tank I thought, maybe I'll keep the assassins in the .5 g with sand and a plant for aesthetics. Well, can I heat it safely with a 10 w heater??

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10 sounds a little high to me and what do you mean by floating them?
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Well, that's why I am asking.
I used to float them in a small betta cup in the 5 gallon but I got sick of cleaning the algae. SO, like how you float a betta?? That's how I was keeping the snails.

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Have you looked up their needs? They might even be fine at room temperature. Snails are pretty adaptable.
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They seem to come to life in the heated tank. I kept them room temp before when they wouldn't eat pond snails. They only ate/hunted in warm water.
ate pond snails, I mean. They will eat bloodworms in any temp of water :)

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Why not keep them in the regular tank and Olympia Assassin snails are tropical I keep them too another two died in temperate and my two tropical are very active also they eat flakes too.

P.S. An unheated .5 gallon will have tank Temp changes too much.
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Bc my bettas would starve them.. They did before. I had these assassins sine early summer; they lived in temperate (could be why half of them died off bc I did have 7), then they lived in the betta tank, then in betta cups temperate, then betta cups in the heated water (where they did best bc I could actually feed them) and now the unheated .5.
They're used to moving around!! lol

And according to TFK profiles, they like 74-80F so I will dig out the 10w pre-set and hope for the best tomorrow in terms of not boiling them to death.

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not sure about preset heaters. but any adjustable will heat a half gallon pretty accurately. your problem would be whether they fit in the 1/2 gallon.

The hagen elite 25ws on Amazon will do the job. it's really not about wattage. rather I think it's about ... quality and accuracy.

proof...
This Jar was is under .5g. I kept a newcomer in there for a few days wholst hunting for a new home. it was tall enough to fit the heater. that's all that mattered


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Aw that looks pretty!! Even if it is small!
I don't have a spare adjustable heater though.. If push comes to shove I'll set up the 2.5 gallon for the 10 w heater and stick something else in with it. I want adf's but I know they need a bigger home. Not another betta.. I am waiting until I find a dragon scale HMPK in either marble or mustard gas xD

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I've used the 10W in a .5 gal. Not the best fit. But keep a thermometer in there and it should work.
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