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Old 05-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #1 
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Heater?

I'm in the process of finding my Betta a nice heater and thermometer, and I was just wondering what you guys would recommend? :')

I was also wondering if a gravel vacuum would be something I should look into?

Thanks!

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Old 05-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #2 
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How big is your tank?
I use a gravel sipon but only for the 5 and 10 gallon tanks. The smaller ones I just carry to the sink, dump out the water, swish around some new water to get the crap out of the gravel and then dump that water out.

for 2-5 gallons I suggest the Hagen elite 25 watt heaters. They are not as long as most others so they fit nicely. I DO NOT recommed any pre set ones by tetra. I have a 50 watt that cant even heat up a 2 gallon bowl over 73. Check out Ebay or Amazon - sometimes you can get one for under $10
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I used to do that for my old 2 gallon. Now I have a 5 gallon, which seems like too much of a hassle to dump out at the sink.

But thank you, I'll definitely look around for one :')
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #4 
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Thermometers - just get one of those $2-3 glass ones that float in the tank. They are usually marked with the "safe" range of temp in green and/or yellow and come with a suction cup. They are accurate and last for years unless you drop it.

Don't bother with the stick-on tape thermometers. They only give you a vague ball park reading.

RE heaters, I've already removed 2 pre-set heaters from my tanks for overheating so I don't recommend them. The brand I had is Aqueon 10W.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #5 
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Five gallons either a 25w or 50w heater would work. I recommend the Elite brand, thermometers get those ones that stick inside the tank, not outside.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #6 
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Alright, well as far as thermometers I think I know what I'm going for now. :')

But are pre-sets just a generally bad idea, and adjustable ones are the way to go?
Or...Because I've heard people say that their pre-set heater exploded in the tank and killed their fish and all kinds of crazy stories, and I'm just not sure.

And regarding the gravel vacuum, would that be beneficial, or more of a waste of money?
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But are pre-sets just a generally bad idea, and adjustable ones are the way to go?
Or...Because I've heard people say that their pre-set heater exploded in the tank and killed their fish and all kinds of crazy stories, and I'm just not sure.
I found my presets only worked properly when the room temp was lower than 78. They just stayed on all the time and overheated the tank. Luckily I monitor my temps daily because they nearly cooked my fish!

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And regarding the gravel vacuum, would that be beneficial, or more of a waste of money?
Gravel vacuums don't cost all that much money, so if your tank is large enough that you're not willing to carry it to the sink to do 100% water changes and in-tank gravel rinsing, then I'd get one. I have a mini one that's good for my 5 gal tanks and a bigger one for my 26 gal tank. It's important to clean your gravel and not just change your water, otherwise the gunk in the gravel just fouls your water faster.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:33 PM   #8 
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I found my presets only worked properly when the room temp was lower than 78. They just stayed on all the time and overheated the tank. Luckily I monitor my temps daily because they nearly cooked my fish!
Oh, wow. D: I think I'll look for an adjustable one then..Do you recommend anything specific, or should I just poke around?


And I suppose I'll just get a mini vacuum then. I'm fairly lazy most of the time anyway..
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:40 PM   #9 
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My presets will only heat the water X degrees, usually not many. I have to get two more heaters before the winter so I Can keep my tanks above 70.

Adjustable a must, I like Hydor Theo 25W heaters. I love Hydor, nothing but good experiences. Have heard some people complaining, but I dunno, I got what I paid for.
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