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Old 08-27-2012, 11:18 PM   #21 
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86 is actually a fine temperature believe it or not. As long as it is consistant... 70 is tow low, the lowest I would say for a betta is 76. That is where they are still comfortable, yet they won't become lethargic.

He will have a shorter life span as the warmer it is the faster they grow.

so 86 is happy tempature :)????!?!?!


shouold i do timer where it goes on for 2 hours shuts off for 30 and repeats
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:19 PM   #22 
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Whoa I didn't know higher temperatures cut their life spans
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #23 
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The answer here is: purchase an adjustable heater. Set it to 78.

If it won't fit your tank - purchase a larger tank. ;)

Bettas can cope with 86 for a while (at least the OP's fish won't get ich! ), but it's really too hot for long term.

I really wouldn't be messing around with timers, turning the heater off periodically, etc, - just find a way to keep it stable. If it's stable at 86, fine -- just aim to get an adjustable heater as soon as you can.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:26 PM   #24 
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Those fish in the doctor office pretty old. But i have no control to it. I just change the water 100% 2x week.
I thought 86 kind of worm. But i am glad it fine. I guess if betta active and eating then it fine.

For 2.5 gall 1-50% and 1-100% water changes recommended. But i would do more with that warmer water.

Posted at the same time:)
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:26 PM   #25 
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The Hydor Theo heater will definitely fit in a std. 2.5 gallon. That is adjustable.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #26 
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The Hydor Theo heater will definitely fit in a std. 2.5 gallon. That is adjustable.
can you post link for cheap one :/ i guess ill order one just for jaws
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #27 
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I have heaters in my 2.5 tanks in the winter time. I just paranoid and check it all the time to make sure it not malfunctioned,since i had this problem before. And i would also recommend to check heater . One time i put new heater in and it malfunctioned.

Make sure you acclimate your betta when you change the water. Don't shock him with the temperature difference. When you change him always make sure new water is approximately the same as his water.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #28 
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are you in the U.S.? If so here:

http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-THEO-Sub...rds=hydor+theo
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:33 PM   #29 
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hydor-THEO-A...ht_2065wt_1111
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:34 PM   #30 
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This was the one I bought, check craigslist. That site usually has very cheap stuff, good quality if not used.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hydor-THEO-A...#ht_2196wt_822
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