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Old 12-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #7941 
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Thanks for the advise! I'll be sure to look into that. I didn't think that heaters were always needed, though...
Yes, they are tropical fish that live in 76-82 F. One day I got home from school, the heater plug somehow got moved and my water was at 65 . I got so freak out, plug the thing back in. My betta turned from bright red to white, i thought he would die but he is a survivor
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #7942 
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Thanks for the advise! I'll be sure to look into that. I didn't think that heaters were always needed, though...
Unless you're in a hot climate like Thailand, they're needed. Especially this time of year.
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #7943 
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Thanks for telling me that! I'll look into that right away!
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #7944 
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I believe most of us use the Hydro Theos and Ehiem Jagers. Expensive, but if you don't want fried or cold fish, they're the best.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #7945 
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My parents don't think that a heater is needed...my room is a fair amount warmer that the rest of the house, around 75 degrees...I don't have a water thermometer, either, so I don't know how hot the temperature is. bryanacute has nine or ten bettas, and I know that she doesn't use a heater for most of them. I'm not sure weather or not to push it...
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It's still pretty open so I might get some smaller silk plants and glue them to rocks in the background but it's making progress. One betta and one mystery snail in a 20gal leaves me with quite a large tank.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:41 PM   #7947 
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My parents don't think that a heater is needed...my room is a fair amount warmer that the rest of the house, around 75 degrees...I don't have a water thermometer, either, so I don't know how hot the temperature is. bryanacute has nine or ten bettas, and I know that she doesn't use a heater for most of them. I'm not sure weather or not to push it...
I think bryana has a fish room (or someone here has a fish room, her name just rings a bell) that is kept about 80 degrees.

I'd definitely suggest getting a cheap thermometer, even a stick on one is better than nothing.

http://www.petco.com/N_24_4294956675...s_Thermometers I have two of the suction cup glass ones and they were great.
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Your betta would be "ok" for a few days, but in a long run, it won't live long. The thing about water high specific heat is it relatively hard to change the temperature of water without outside help like a heater or a cooler. But if the temperature of water were to dropped, it also hard to raise the temp back up. Touch the side of yor glass, if it feels "warm" then your water temp is ok for now.

But definitely get a thermometer. It's like 3 dollars.
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I'll try to convince them. They'll at least let me get a thermometer. Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #7950 
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I'll try to convince them. They'll at least let me get a thermometer. Thanks for the help!
It's tough with people that don't think that some things are necessary. My husband is like that. "They don't need a heater" "they don't need plants". Eventually he changed his mind.

Sometimes showing a person the information isn't just coming from your bum but actual people who have years and years of research and experience may help.
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