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Old 11-05-2012, 04:11 AM   #1 
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Should I heat up the tank slow or fast?

I haven't had a heater until now. Recently the temperature dropped and this morning it was 73 deg so I went out and bought an adjustable heater.

My question:
Should I increase the temperature slowly,( say, to 77 today and then to 80 tomorrow) or can I just set the heater to 80 deg and plug it hin?

I don't want to shock my betta, who has been on 73 for a couple of days now.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:45 AM   #2 
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The heater will heat it up slowly, depending on it's size and the tank....so I would plug it in and turn it on.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #3 
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Agree.. I've always just let the heater do it's thing on it's own. They are pretty well designed not to go too quickly to cause stress/shock.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:34 AM   #4 
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Great! It's in now. Will pay attention to the temperature for a while, just in case.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:07 AM   #5 
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So, I put the heater in and it took about 9 hours to go from 73 to 80 degrees.
This morning, the tank was at 80, but fishy was completely clamped and didn't look good. Since the only thing I changed was the temperature, I turned it back to 77. The tank is cooling down at the moment, and I hope fishy will look better once I come back home from work.

..slightly worried...
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