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Old 03-18-2011, 09:31 PM   #11 
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My heater is right next to the intake filter. My house is natually cold, but it seems my heater stops at 78 and allows to drop to 72 or so before it turns bak on. It's not a big problem for my betta it seems, he's swimming eating and react to me entering the bedroom
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:50 PM   #12 
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I have the marina 10w heater, it's looks nice and sleek. It has a target temp but mine always falls just a bit short on the target temp, it always hits 74 give or take 2 degrees. I still like and recommend.
Edit: I have 5 gal tank
74 is not okay for bettas. They need a 76 degrees at least, preferably 78.



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My heater is right next to the intake filter. My house is natually cold, but it seems my heater stops at 78 and allows to drop to 72 or so before it turns bak on. It's not a big problem for my betta it seems, he's swimming eating and react to me entering the bedroom
He may not seem to mind but large temp fluctuations are not okay, especially if it goes down to 72. 72 is not acceptable for a betta ever. I highly recommend you get a new heater, yours doesn't seem to be working.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:11 AM   #13 
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This is what I was looking at with dividers

You have plenty of aquarium filtration capacity.

Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 152%.

Recommended water change schedule: 13% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 45%.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:04 AM   #14 
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I have those heaters and use them for my QT tanks. You're right, they only warm the water to a few degrees above room temp, but for temporary use, I think they are okay. A tank bigger than 1 gallon, you should get a different heater.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:15 AM   #15 
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Ok thank you because I want my betta to have the best life ever I plan on saving him from petsmart or walmart not sure yet.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #16 
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You have to read the fine print on non adjustable heaters. They usually all say they raise the temp usually somewhere between 2-5 degrees above ambient temperature. So if your house is naturally cold (like mine is).. they usually don't do much.

That said, the tetra heaters sold at walmart have kept my 1 gallon tanks at a decent 76* steady... even with my house being kept at 65-67*F.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:16 AM   #17 
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Thanks for all of your help
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:54 AM   #18 
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I have those heaters in my smaller tanks. They heat to around 5-10 degrees above the ambient air temp so it really depends on what temp your room is. Mine stay around 78-80 degrees which is perfect but that may not be the case for you.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:20 PM   #19 
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ya my house is kinda cold.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #20 
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ya my house is kinda cold.
Then definitely go with an adjustable heater.
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