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Old 05-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #11 
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Oh you such a good parent , i am glad that you though to check it first. I am glad it helping. Now i know what to recommend to other people who has the same problem:)
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #12 
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how it going. I don't know if it sound right or silly but i just thought you can not put any thing on the heater because it can burn it. I think it can be very hot while it heating the tank?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #13 
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i dont know the size of your tank but what about getting those non adjustable black heaters (they look at black plastic rectangle shaped some are circular), they can be stuck into the gravel/substrate, it'll heat up your tank and be hidden from view of your betta. i mention the size of your tank because these heater are typically for smaller tanks/bowls.

heres some examples: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #14 
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No, putting things on the heaters are fine, I have life plants near and touching mine all the time and none are ever burnt. If you think about it, we're on a average of 98.6 degrees F right? And most heaters are 78-80 so if we don't burn things at our temperature then neither will the heaters :) We can be burned by things like the stove and stuff but that's much hotter than 80 degrees so it's fine to put this on it, around it or near it. It's even safe for your Betta's and other inhabitants to touch it. I had snails once that loved sitting on the heater and they didn't die from it :)

EDIT: that problem with those Itsuki is that you can't change the temperature or anything which is ideal for Betta tanks since most do like the 80 degrees. Also most of those only keep the tank X amount of degrees above room temperature, I know for me my room is a steady 65 pretty much year around and I know my Betta's would not appreciate 70 degree water :)
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:46 PM   #15 
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im sorry taeanna i didnt see it the 1st time but u have a 2 gallon tank. i think there are pros and cons for each kind of heate rand for small tanks these should easily heat up 75 plus degrees fahrenheit. 2 pros being the cheaper price and her fish cant get to it plus if it was in view it doesnt give off a reflection. another factor is region if you live somewhere warm like i do there isnt a need to crank up the temperature.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #16 
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True that they are cheaper and 75 degrees is the minimum you want to keep a betta at otherwise they will get lathargic and may even die if it drops lower.

Sure it would be nice to live somewhere warm like you do, I sure wouldn't mind! But unfortunately I don't :/ And I don't know exactly where Newcastle, Australia is except that it's in Aussie lol so I can't exactly speculate on how the temperature is down there. But the other thing with those heaters is that they really aren't reliable and you basically can't tell when they have died or anything since they don't have the lights. They also don't turn off so they are constantly heating the tank but it fluctuates.

Half of deaths (okay well I probably exaggerate, but there are some deaths that) are caused by temperature fluctuations when a temp is kept at a steady temperature it can cause stress for the fish which can lead to so many other diseases. It's worth it to buy a good heater than you can change the temperature on and avoid having to buy obscene amounts of medicines and stuff, you see?

I'm sure my logic doesn't make much sense, it did in my head before I said it though >< Anywho, yeah....that's all for now :)
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #17 
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I understand all these and went looking for my heater carefully. Glass is considered far more sensitive to plastic thanks to its thermoconductivity, since its a small tank that was important to me because it needs to be vigilant to hold steady. (I do live in australia so temp drops take a while longer to reach unsafe temperatures, but winter is coming on and I don't want to risk it)
I went to a specialist fish store to find the one I have that was priced decently with a long warranty (I am a uni student so buying anything extra is right out for me :( Probably good in its own way or I would be buying things every day I didn't have room for).
I also made sure the stocking was a mesh one so the water flow isn't restricted too much and nullifying the heating of the tank, to check I have the thermometer at the opposite end of the tank to the heater just in case.

And the good news? No flaring since the new heater sheath has gone on. He still checks that corner often for the other fish but it seems to be just a passing interest now instead of his life's meaning. He is even eating again, a worry for me as he never ever ever turns down food.
As I speak he is inspecting my open mollecular biology book. Likely correcting my homework.
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Ahaha that's great! that must be one smart fish lol

(I still find it so weird that you guys are entering winter while we're just coming onto Summer! Amazing how opposites work lol)
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:58 PM   #19 
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I am wondering what is the temperature during the winter? And if it very warm now why you even need to use a heater. I take all my heaters out during the summer. Heaters is such a pain for me. I have a few malfunctioned before and now i am paranoid . I am constantly checking them to make sure they don't overheat my bettas .
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