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Old 01-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #1 
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Is a 50 watt heater too strong for a 3 gallon tank?

I need to know this before I install the heater into my fishtank. I bought an aqueon 50w adjustable heater to help prevent my betta from getting fin rot again, and I asked 2 different people if the size of the heater would be safe. both said yes, but looking at other threads I'm not so sure. Help me, please? I don't want to fry my poor boy!
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:26 PM   #2 
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i'd say a 25w would be better but wait till other people post too
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #3 
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i'd say a 25w would be better but wait till other people post too
Alright, thank you. I really couldn't find a 25w, but if I run the 50w at a lower temperature and monitor it closely, would it still be safe? I just want the water at a warm temperature without it boiling the fish alive.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #4 
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well you can try it and see how it goes, just make sure to have your thermometer with you just in case and just dont rely on the heater, goodluck! (:
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well you can try it and see how it goes, just make sure to have your thermometer with you just in case and just dont rely on the heater, goodluck! (:
I'll take a gamble at it then while my fish is in his sick tank :D Thank you for the help though, I want the best for my boy!
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:40 PM   #6 
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You should be fine. Just make sure you do a fishless test run and keep a thermometer in at all times. You'll most definitely need to keep it at a lower temp than you actually want in it. run it for a few days and see how it goes before adding any fish to it and you'll be good to go! :)
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You should be fine. Just make sure you do a fishless test run and keep a thermometer in at all times. You'll most definitely need to keep it at a lower temp than you actually want in it. run it for a few days and see how it goes before adding any fish to it and you'll be good to go! :)
Alright, thank you :D
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No problem! Let me know how it goes!
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Old 01-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #9 
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I'm pretty sure it will be okay. Since it is adjustable. I prefer the adjustable heaters over the automatic ones. (I have two auto)
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