Thank God Petsmart let me take the faulty one back!
I was using a Top Fin 25 watt heater in Tiny Tina's tank. Patriot has one too, but no problems with his. Tiny Tina's made the water smell like rubber and it was cloudy, even after a week of constant water changes. I returned it for a full refund of store credit, so I bought an Aqueon heater instead. However, this one is 100 watts.
I'll be getting a 10 gallon later this week, I hope, so I got the 100 watt in preparation, while it's still on sale. Right now, I have it in Tiny Tina's tank. I did a water change to get rid of the rubber smell and the cloudiness, and put in the new heater. I have it set at 75 right now, so hopefully it'll be okay.
There was a chart on the back of the box that had recommendations for what sizes to get. It said for a 10 gallon, to get a 50 watt, if you want the water to be easily heated 5 to 10 degrees above room temperature. It said to get a 100 watt for 15 degrees above room temperature. My room is usually pretty chilly, since our house heater is kinda not functioning properly. So I thought maybe the 100 would be the best idea. Hopefully it won't cook her though! It's in a 3 gallon right now, so I'm going to monitor it today, to make sure it stays at what I set it to. For now, Tina's floating in Patriot's tank.
It seems to be working so far. I filled it with cold water, so right now it's heating it. I'm just going to keep an eye on it and make sure it does what it's supposed to, so I don't have to bring it back.
Anyway, now time for the story! I called Petsmart and asked if they would take the heater back, and they said sure. So I brought it in, got my store credit, and went off to the heater section to find a new one that isn't Top Fin brand.
The MANAGER came up to me and asked if she could help me, and I was like "I'm looking for a heater. The one I had was nasty and upset my fish, so I want to get a different brand. It's between the 50 watt or the 100 watt, but the 100 watt is cheaper than the 50 watt, so I think I'll just get this one. Besides, it says for 15 degrees above room temperature, to get a 100 watt. I usually keep my tanks at 82 degrees, so I think it might be best." She said that the temperature was way too high, and then asked what kind of fish it was. I told her it was a betta, and she said that they don't really need heaters! I was just like "Yeah, they do. I'll just get this one. It's cheaper," and thanked her for her "help" before going to the cashier to buy the heater.
I kinda expected someone to say they didn't need heaters, but oh well. I got what I wanted anyway. I WAS going to get some Seachem Flourish and maybe pick up a plant or two, then go to Walmart to get a light bulb, but I didn't have enough money after I bought the heater. I was thinking about maybe getting the Betta Buffet pellets, but they only had the flakes. :( They like the marine pellets anyway. Patriot nearly attacks me for them, and Tina's starting to like them more. She's a little picky, but she's been eating them lately. I sneak one or two in after I feed her one of the AquaCulture ones. x3 Sneaky sneaky. She doesn't suspect a thing.
I'm hoping I can get the 10 gallon soon! I'm going to attempt making a divider, and then I'll get working on cycling the tank. I still need more money. Dx I wanna get plants and I need a test kit... I hate being so broke and being a college bound student. No moneys for the fishiessssss.