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Old 03-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #1 
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Heater for 2.5g

What type of heater (brand, wattage) is good for only a 2.5 gallon acrylic tank?
Also, do i have to pre-heat the water that would be going in to the tank at water changes? (I do 50% at a time).

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Old 03-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #2 
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I am happy with my Top fin flat heater from Petsmart. You might try a 7.5 watt with a 2.5 gallon. I like that it can be buried under the gravel and the cord can be hidden with plants. I am using a 15 watt for a 5 gallon. In the cooler room it stays at 82 degrees and in the warmer room it stays at 84 degrees. I figure since you have half the water a 7.5 should be good.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #3 
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I like this little heater that I picked up at petsmart. It heats rather well

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=12315584
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:08 PM   #4 
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I use these: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=21322 in 25w

A tank of this size should get twice weekly changes - one 50% and one 100%.

The 50% changes the betta can be kept in the bowl and use a turkey baster to remove half the water and as much of the debris as possible. For the 100% you need to remove him - scoop him out with a plastic solo type cup and set aside while you thoroughly rinse the bowl and gravel to remove the debris. Then he should be acclimated to the new water by floating for an hour while you slowly add a couple tablespoons of new water to the cup every 10 minutes. When you release him, try to let as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible.

All water changes should use same temp water, matched to running tap using the in tank thermometer and the water needs to be premixed with conditioner before adding it to the betta tank. If you don't already have anything, you can use gallon water jugs from the grocery store - rinsed thoroughly in hot water but no chems.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #5 
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I personally use the Aqueon 10W Mini Heater in my 2.5 Gallon tank. It's smaller than the Marina mini heater. It's nice and thin and not too long. I have had it for a couple of months now and I have had no problems with it. It keeps the temperature at a stable 27-28 Celsius. It was relatively cheap too. I picked it up at a petsmart for something like $15 CAD.

http://www.aqueonproducts.com/products/mini-heater.htm#
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #6 
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Here is the petsmart link for the Aqueon 10W Mini Heater:

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInCA%2FNo

As for the water changes I advise to preheat the water before pouring it in the tank with the fish. If the water is too cold or too hot compared to the one in the tank already your fish might get "temperature shock" and swim erratically for a bit before the temperature stabilizes. I usually pour water from my sink to be a couple of degrees hotter than the one in the tank and I let it sit for at least an hour in a separate container with conditioner added in. With this method I have never had any problems and my fish has remained healthy with no visible discomfort.

I hope my advice helps.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #7 
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I use a 25W Hydor submersible heater. It keeps the water warm enough, but not overheated. I usually set it at 79 degrees F.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:58 AM   #8 
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I have a Hydor theo 25W and the Archaea Mini 25w (tiny) and both do a great job. The Archaea is really small, and has an external temperature control unit, which is nice. The Theo was cheaper.
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Thanks, i was thinking of that one.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:11 AM   #10 
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Also, how would i add the heater at this point. I've had the betta for about 10 days now in the 2.5g tank with filter. Do I just take him out and put the heater in the tank and then acclimate him?
I'm a newbie here.
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