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Old 02-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #1 
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50 watt tank heater in a .5 gallon tank.......

My fish had a 50 watt submersible heater in his 1.5 gallon tank and I had to move him to a .5 gallon tank because that's what he will be living in this summer but because of how stressed the move was i decided to put the heater in the 1/2...I don't know how else I can keep the water warm... our house is heated by wood and im in the middle of Massachusetts so the temp isnt stable.... what else can I do other the risk boiling my fish alive? he loves the heater and hes used to it in the bigger tank but i dont want to cook my fish.... any ideas?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:48 PM   #2 
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Is it adjustable...?

You can't cook your fish as long as the temperature isn't incredibly high. I would use a submersible thermometer to watch the temp, but try it and see how it works. If not, you can go to pet smart (or order) a non adjustable heater online. Though I don't personally recommend them, seeing as they usually can't keep as stable of a temperature as an adjustable one.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:52 PM   #3 
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it is not adjustable...
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #4 
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Well, you could try it. It would be better than no heat. Can you push it under gravel?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:05 PM   #5 
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Heating a half gallon cup (can't call that a tank really) is extremely dangerous and you should not do it. Besides the fact that a half gallon is already really low, the heater will displace even more water, and if it gets out of control it will happen so fast you won't have time to catch it.

If you absolutely need the heater and can't move him to a better tank, please test it without him in it for a few days at least. Even if that works, I still wouldn't trust it long term or even when not in the same room staring at the cup.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #6 
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+1 to tekkguy. I'd avoid it at all costs. I cant even heat my 1 gallons with only 7.5 watt heaters reliably, I can only imagine 50w in a .5
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:00 AM   #7 
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You need an adjustable heater, no doubt about it!
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #8 
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get a 7.5 - 15 watt heater for your tank. the 50 may easily create a mishap leading to death if left unattended for a few hours.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:57 AM   #9 
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I'm trying to picture how to FIT a 50w heater in .5 gallons of water...
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:17 PM   #10 
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i think u a better off trying to heat the water with a desk lamp =<
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