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Old 11-27-2013, 08:20 PM   #1 
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Keeping water warm during winter

The temperature has been dropping very low lately and I am finding it difficult to keep a consistent warm temperature on all of my fish. I have turned to bringing a portable heater into my room and setting it next to my fish, which has actually been working for the fish closest to the heater (tonight it is very cold, but he is at 76). I only have one heater, for my 5 gallon with one fish in it. The lowest I see them drop is about 68 at night, and that is for the ones not directly getting heat from the heater. Anyone know ofways to keep multiple fish tanks warm with the very cold midwest winter weather? I don't really have the money to buy 3 or 4 more heaters.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #2 
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You can get affordable heaters on amazon and ebay.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:51 PM   #3 
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You really only have two choices, heat the tanks or heat the room.

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Old 11-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #4 
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I'm already heating the room, but I am not heating it enough. Certain parts of the house you can actually see your breath it's that cold. It's more of a problem during the night time than daytime lately. I can keep their tanks at 74 (lowest during day time), hate to see it when the snow starts rolling in though. (It's 25 out right now)

Any recommendations for heaters for 1 gallon tanks?

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:14 PM   #5 
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maybe line up your tanks and cover them in a blanket at night. or wrap them in a heating pad. don't put a heating pad under a tank, they are too heavy and can damage the pad.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:14 PM   #6 
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You could get a larger tank (usually pretty cheap on craiglist) and divide it into sections using plastic canvas (again, pretty cheap). It will cost you less than buying multiple heaters, water changes will be a bit easier because it'll just be one tank instead of multiple, and all your fishes stay warm =)
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:16 PM   #7 
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maybe line up your tanks and cover them in a blanket at night. or wrap them in a heating pad. don't put a heating pad under a tank, they are too heavy and can damage the pad.

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The blanket trick works well. But you shouldn't rely on it long term because the temperature of the water will probably still drop quite a bit and it'll take a toll on your fishes.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:55 PM   #8 
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What about the goose neck lamp and red bulb I heard someone say they used on here. Would that work?
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Place it next to a big fridge where at the back of it releases heat. :P
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Are you using stick on Liquid Crystal Thermometer?
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