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Old 05-14-2013, 07:24 PM   #1 
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Exclamation HELP!! I need to know if I can use a 10 gallon heater in a 2 gallon ASAP!!!

Hi guys.

I was just doing 100% water changes for my fish. I was taking Merlin's 3 gallon acrylic tank (thankfully emptied of its contents) downstairs for a quick rinse. I stumbled down a step and Merlin's tank went flying out of my hands. With a big thwack, it landed at the bottom of the stairs. I went to retrieve it, and discovered that it had an enormous crack down the length of it. Uh oh.

I scrambled down to the basement and frantically searched through my spare fish stuff until I found a 2 gallon critter keeper. I ran upstairs to where I had set Merlin's heater, and placed it in the tank to see if it would fit. Thankfully it will, but it's a tight squeeze.

The heater is made for a 5-10 gallon aquarium, but can I still use it in this tank? I need to know ASAP because I don't want little Merlin to get chilled.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #2 
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is the heater adjustable? If so, should be fine just monitor the temps
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:44 PM   #3 
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Yes, the heater's adjustable. Whew! Thanks. :)
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:48 PM   #4 
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the question is, will this be long term? if not i think your betta will be
fine without the heater for a couple days, depending on environment. as long
as you have a thermometer you can regulate the temperature and shut off at
your will, but i would advise to watch closely. good luck
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:12 PM   #5 
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Thanks itzBlitz. It will only be for about a week max. (Probably more like 5 days)

I think I'll run to PetSmart in the next few days and grab a new, smaller heater, but use this one in the meantime. I really don't want to stress Merlin any more than I have to.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:01 AM   #6 
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Yeah, I'm using a 10 gallon heater in a 3 gallon tank. I have the adjustable knob way down and it still keeps the tank around 80 degrees consistently.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:58 AM   #7 
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I've had this happen too! A 3 gallon bowl I was cleaning shattered and glass went everywhere.. fish was in a cup thank God.. ended up having to put him in a large kitchen mixing bowl because I had nothing else and it was late at night!

It should be fine if you turn it WAY down.. I have a 50 watt in one of my 3 gallons but it's turned way lower than my 25 watts and it does just fine. The dial is usually set to 71-73 and keeps the temp about 80.

What I do now is bring some fresh water into the room, swish it around the tank a little and dump it into a bucket.. seems to work fine
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