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Old 08-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #1 
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Winter Breeding Considerations

I am at least 2 months out from my first spawn, but I have a big question that I want to resolve before I even start getting my supplies together because it could turn out to be a major issue.

I live in one of the coldest climates in the U.S. Winter here can easily span 5 months, with 3 of those months ranging anywhere from 10 degrees F to -35 degrees F. Heating my normal tanks isn't an issue, but I have no idea how to prepare jars for juvenile boys to be heated. It will be at most 70 degrees inside the house, so no heaters wouldn't be a good option.

Does anyone in a similar situation have suggestions? My fish room right now is my bedroom, and we have some really big linen closets, I could potentially convert one into another fish room if I need the space (it's a 3'x5' room)... but there are no outlets near those closets so I'd have to rig up some serious extension cords. Could I potentially put a space heater inside the closet? Or is there a less dangerous way to keep the heat up?
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Putting the jars in a lowly filled aquarium and heat it the heated water will heat the water in the jars or heat the room or small cheap reptile heaters.
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Bettas need 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:20 PM   #4 
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Instead of an aquarium, I use a storage tub with water warmed with an underwater heater which in turn keeps the water in my jars warm.
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That is what I was trying to explain you did it better heating the water with heated water in fact maybe some fish could live in the water.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:18 PM   #6 
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I have a closet as a heated fish room, its not a huge closet but I am able to walk in and sit and stuff. I heat the room with a space heater, I did have to do extension cords to bring light and heat into the room. I have all my juvies on shelves in this room, keep in mind I have 150 juvies, so there are long shelves, with the shelves being just enough space between them for the containers, it works perfectly for me, I also do my spawning in this room, because success rates vary on spawns I have them spawn in 5 gallon containers, and when the fry are 1 week old I move them to ten gallon aquariums in my real fish room (our finished basement) .
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #7 
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If you have a light socket in that room you can actually buy screw in pieces that will allow you to plug something and attach a lightbulb
Like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leviton-Ivor...item51a09a7144
So you would be able to connect a space heater and still have light.
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Wow, thank you all for these helpful suggestions! It looks like the closet setup will work out for me :)
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Putting the jars in a lowly filled aquarium and heat it the heated water will heat the water in the jars or heat the room or small cheap reptile heaters.
Can also use a lagre plastic tote.. added 4" water and a heater and I kept a lot of beanies in there. Kept lid on.. it was dark but kept air warm. That is why I use barracks.. the circulated water is heated.
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