I just got one of my 25 watt Hydor Theo heaters in the mail today and placed it in my newest betta's tank. I have a few questions..
1: How long does it usually take to heat the tank? (It's a 5.5 gal at about 70 degree room temp)
2: How slowly should I adjust the temp? I'm raising it from about 70 to 78 degrees. (So like, 1 degree per hour or half hour)
3: I haven't taken him out of the tank. How long should I sit and monitor the temp before it's safe to go to sleep? Should I remove him from the tank? Or, should I only set it for about 74 degrees tonight to make sure it doesn't overheat? I know that the temp on the heater isn't always 100% accurate.
It's been in there for about an hour and the temp has raised about one degree (it's set at about 74), give or take, but I was wondering if it starts heating slowly and then jumps? Or does it usually raise the temp pretty gradually? I also have the heater positioned vertically beside the filter so I can reach the dial, but plan on repositioning it horizontally beneath the heater after I get the temp to where I want it.
I know it's a lot of questions but I have never dealt with a heater before and I don't want to do anything wrong.
So far, he doesn't seem to be acting strangely. He's just curious about the new heater and thermometer in his tank.