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Old 01-14-2010, 04:15 PM   #1 
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Heaters are the devil

Well I have my Lunch in a 2.5 gallon Hex tank at last, and it's wonderful. I will never buy a round tank again! He seems to have a LOT more room, and doesn't bash into the sides as much as he use to. I could have used a 3 gallon round tank.. but it's one of those old fashion world globes with the continents on it and it's so.. tacky. So glad he's in the hex.

I'd been heating him, in his 3 gallon bowl and a 1 gallon temp home, and now in his 2.5 hex, with a Hydor Mini 7.5 Watt, which I am starting to hate. The temp goes up and down because our home temp goes up and down a lot. People going in and out all day, my daughter turning on her heater when she's at home, but it's off when she's at school, and I spend most of my day outside taking care of the other 30+ animals in the family, I can't check on it every 10 minutes.

So I'm thinking of splurging on a new heater and the Marineland Mini Heater 10 Watt seems ideal. A constant 78 degrees would be just perfect! But I want to know if anyone else has one of these, and how well they work. And if anyone knows of somewhere inexpensive to get them online (keep in mind I live 2 hours from the nearest pet store, and my local pet store is going out of business )

So, any ideas?
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:16 PM   #2 
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I think the Marineland mini heater sounds good. I'd like to find out how good they work so if you get one, please post how you like it. Marineland is a good brand.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:58 PM   #3 
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You could put a 25W in there. Just make sure it's a reliable heater brand, like Visitherm.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:43 PM   #4 
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The key is to get one that you can adjust the temp up or down. A lot of them come preset and then you're stuck with one temp. The Visitherms that I've bought so far all have the adjust feature. I just bought another 25w Visitherm at Big Al's online for a lot less money than my local fish store sells it for (i paid $16)

I actually have a Petco brand submersible that works like a charm too and it was about half the price of the Visitherms that they were selling. It's adjustable and it has a light indicator so you can tell it's on.

So, you have lots of options out there. Good luck!

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Old 01-15-2010, 12:14 AM   #5 
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Hmm.. that 25 watt Visitherm looks nice.. It's totally submersible, right? I like keeping my heaters low in the tank.

Too bad the petco one isn't on the website :(
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Yeah, it's totally submersible.
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ok got a Visi-threm 25 watt for 16.67. Not too bad. Thanks for the help.
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Good deal! I paid $18 for mine plus $10 shipping and handling. Ugh! But I didn't really have a choice.
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Good deal! I paid $18 for mine plus $10 shipping and handling. Ugh! But I didn't really have a choice.
That shipping and handling is crazy!!
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ok got a Visi-threm 25 watt for 16.67. Not too bad. Thanks for the help.
Excellent choice :)
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