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Old 06-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #1 
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Can i put my heater under the gravel?

I have a marina betta mini heater in one of my 2.5 gallon bowls, i was wondering if it would be safe to keep it underneath the gravel, thats what ive been doing, but today i noticed some white stuff forming on it and the gravel itself, i have no clue where it came from, i was wondering if what im doing is safe?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:53 PM   #2 
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If the heater stands up on the side of the bowl, I suggest putting it there. I have a 3 gallon tank and don't have any problems heating water with the heater on the side of the tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:57 PM   #3 
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it has a suction cup on it but dosent stick to anywhere else but the very bottom because the bowl is a perfect sphere but with a flat bottom, just checked my water parameters are perfect
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #4 
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I had my heater on the bottom with the gravel, but it was a different kind. I found it hard to adjust the temperature so I moved it to stand in the side. While it was in the gravel it was only partially covered though, but I never had any problem. Just hard to adjust. I did not originally think I would have to do that as often as I do.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:19 AM   #5 
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I'd read your instructions and/or contact the manufacturer.
My heater is different brand but it says to NOT let it even touch the gravel. Not sure why but the way it was written seemed important.

Your might need to go get a tank.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #6 
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Its not safe. That heater was not built for that. If it does not say under-the-gravel heater do not use it. If you do your putting your betta and yourself at risk for being electrocuted by using it for a purpose for which it was not intended.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:47 AM   #7 
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can i just have it sitting on top of the gravel then?
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I don't think that would be a problem... it would be a good solution till you can contact the manufacturer and ask about it for sure.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #9 
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can i just have it sitting on top of the gravel then?
Mine said in the instructions to not allow the bottom of the heater to touch the gravel. If I were you I'd contact the manufacturer ASAP.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #10 
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you know, you guys are making me really appreciate my heater. under gravel was one of the suggested setting, this thing can go anywhere. I love it. I had no idea there was so much trouble with heaters.
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