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Old 11-23-2012, 05:51 AM   #1 
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best heater for a 5 gallon tank

Hi! I have a fluval chi cycling as we speak. Fred was sitting by the bottom of his half gallon --but still active..just sleeping there sort of. When I called him, he swam up eagerly. I checked the temp and it was 77.4, it usually stays about 78.9.
77.4 is too cold for my comfort. I'd like to get a heater for the 5gal just to ensure that the temperature will stay constant.

What's the best heater for my 5gal? It can't be too big :) preferably one that I can pick up at petco.

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:25 PM   #2 
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Now would be a good time to search for reviews online, such as amazon.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:32 PM   #3 
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There are tons of very small ones you can get although some aren't too adjustable.

http://www.petco.com/product/113622/...ed-_-Product_2

I have this for one of my tanks that's housing a baby pleco. It seems like it's doing a great job and I love Aqueon. Not necessarily the cheapest thing but you're going for long term I assume so it's worth the investment.
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Awesome, thanks! The 5gal is pretty small but at least I have an idea now of what to get. Do the heaters with the circle dial stay consistent?
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #5 
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I have the Elite adjustable 50 watt for me tank and its going great ! I got mine on Amazon they have the best prices I can find.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:46 PM   #6 
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I use a Fluval E-Series 50 watt heater.
http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Fluval-E...luval+E+heater

I used to have a Fluval M-Series, but my betta would see a mild reflection on the chrome like coloration in the glass of it and fight it day end and day out! That's why I got the E. It also has a thermostat that lights up which was nice.

77.4 F is not bad at all for a betta. I like to keep my bettas at 78-80F. They seem to enjoy the heat though.

My recommendation might not be all that cheap though. I really only use cheap heaters in my temporary QT tanks. I've never seen these at Petco - I only ever see their brand, tetra, or aqueon. I use the smallest aqueon in my bookshelf tank (6.6G).
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #7 
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I'm using the 50 watt Eheim Jager with the adjustable dial that can also be calibrated depending on tank size. It's awesome. Super consistent. I have a 5.5 gal
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