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Old 02-23-2011, 11:40 AM   #1 
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heater questions

I have a ten gallon set up that i used to keep some tetras an an angel fish in. I used a submersible heater that was labeled 5 - 15 gallons, and it worked fine. I got it back out to set up for my new DT, cleaned it all out (used diluted vinegar and warm water), boiled all the fake plants, bought new gravel and boiled that and rinsed off about a dozen times. I got out the old filter that I had and thought it was in bad shape from storage, so I bought a Wisper internal filter, and quickly felt it was too powerful to leave in while my betta was there.

I set the whole thing up, and added my real plants (which will hopefully start growing soon), and turned the filter on and put the heater in. 2 days later and I can't get the temperature up above 74*. I have two submersible heaters in there now, and am leaving the filter on in hopes of getting it to circulate, but still no avail. I have used these heaters before and they worked fine. They are the kind that only come on if it gets below 78*, but they are hardly ever on, and don't stay on for long. The one is brand new, and the other is 2 years old.

Other methods for keeping temp up or other suggestions for thermometers?

Thanks so much!
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:17 AM   #2 
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What brand of heaters are they? Because most non adjustable heaters aren't very good.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:22 AM   #3 
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What brand of heaters are they? Because most non adjustable heaters aren't very good.
They are "tetra" heaters. I am going to a local petstore tomorrow to see what they have, but what can I do in the mean time to make sure fishy doesn't get cold? (it is 6 below here >.< i am getting cold, too!)
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That is what I thought. Tetra sucks. When you can, I recommend an adjustable heater by Aqueon, that is what I use in all my tanks. But brands like Hagen and Marineland are also good.

For now, see if you can turn the heat up in your house. Insulate the tank with newspaper around the glass sides and then a blanket around that, so the top of the tank is still exposed. Paper is a very good insulator. Homeless people put it in their coats/ jackets in the winter. If you have a heating pad you could place it next to the tank and monitor the temp. Also you could put hot water in a bottle and float it in the tank and replace the hot water in the bottle every few hours or so. Just make sure the temp doesn't change too fast.
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