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Old 10-21-2010, 02:57 PM   #11 
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I don't use non-adjustable heaters--they are unreliable, and if the ambient temperature of the room is low, around 70-72 degrees, they won't heat the water enough, if the room is 78-80 degrees, it will overheat the water. I only recommend heaters that have an adjustable temperature dial--they are a few dollars more, but I believe it is worth the investment. After all it is a higher quality product that will last longer and will provide you with more security, stability, and control. If you have some other supplies you want to order, you could save a ton of money by ordering your heater and other products online.

I use and recommend these--as you can see, the 25 watt is quite reasonably priced: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...8&pcatid=11368

I have seen these in pet stores for as much as $27, so what you save more than makes up for the cost of shipping. If you order a few more items, you'll save even more.

I 100% agree with Adastra - adjustable is the way to go, IMO/E.

I have two Jebo adjustable, fully submersible 25 watt heaters purchased on Ebay and even though Jebo is not a "name" brand, per se, they have worked FLAWLESSLY!!! Total in the door was $15.49 ($9.50 for the heater & 5.99 shipping) and shipping was FAST!!!

Have posted the link before, but will do so again (and, yes, this is the seller I got the heaters from):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_3025wt_987

Good heaters at a good price with good customer service - can't beat it, IMO!
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:48 PM   #12 
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Thanks, y'all, for your help. I got frustrated because it's just not supposed to be such a hardship to keep bettas. I'm going to try to borrow some stuff. If I can't do that, someone gave me another idea.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #13 
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Well, since I had to separate my boys from their divided tank immediately, and since these were on clearance, I went ahead and got a couple of 2-5 gal size heaters for some separate containers. They have kept the 3 gal containers at a steady 79-80 degrees for several days now, but I keep a close eye on them every day. I have thick gravel and I put them under the top layer so they don't touch anything like plants and so the fish (who are extremely curious) can't touch them.

I had to weigh my options, go with what I can afford right now. (It was either that or rehome my little guys) This has completely eliminated stress on my little guys parts (and mine!). They're like totally different fish! I can save up for adjustable heaters down the road knowing that they're okay.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:21 PM   #14 
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I can save up for adjustable heaters down the road knowing that they're okay.
Hey, maybe when you save enough money to buy adjustable ones, you can even sell the ones you have to make some of your money back :)
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Exactly!
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