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Old 05-29-2009, 08:48 AM   #1 
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Maintain temperature in a bowl

I know that a lot of members on this board have bowls of different capacities and would like to know how you maintain the optimum temperature range of 74-82 F.

I have a thermometer (the sticky type) on my betta's bowl and I get concerned when the temp falls below 74F. The heat in my apartment is set to 74F and we've kept his bowl close to the vent (but not directly below!), but it still dips below 74F. Any ideas, since having a heater for a 2 gallon bowl is out of question?
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:03 AM   #2 
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I have 6 bettas and only 2 have heaters. One is in a 4 gallon tank and has a 25 watt adjustable heater and the other one is in a 2 1/2 gallon critter keeper with a Tetra whisper non adjustable heater. Those only heat to like 76-78. All my fish are in an upstairs room that stays pretty warm all year round. My water temperature probably goes down to about 73-74 during the winter. I haven't had any problems yet. What is really bad for them is fluctuating water temperatures. A couple years ago, I only had 2 bettas and my air conditioner went out. During the process of getting it fixed, the temperature fluctuated from like 85 to about 72-74. One fish got finrot from it and the other one wasn't affected at all. You could try one of the non adjustable heaters and see how it does. Just monitor the temperature to make sure everything is ok.
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I have 6 bettas and only 2 have heaters. One is in a 4 gallon tank and has a 25 watt adjustable heater and the other one is in a 2 1/2 gallon critter keeper with a Tetra whisper non adjustable heater. Those only heat to like 76-78. All my fish are in an upstairs room that stays pretty warm all year round. My water temperature probably goes down to about 73-74 during the winter. I haven't had any problems yet. What is really bad for them is fluctuating water temperatures. A couple years ago, I only had 2 bettas and my air conditioner went out. During the process of getting it fixed, the temperature fluctuated from like 85 to about 72-74. One fish got finrot from it and the other one wasn't affected at all. You could try one of the non adjustable heaters and see how it does. Just monitor the temperature to make sure everything is ok.
awesome! great advice, thanks!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:36 AM   #4 
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I use a 2-5 gallon heater that I got at walmart, its the tetra whisper, in my 2.5 gallon and it works fine. Keeps mine at about 77-78. That should work fine in a bowl of that size. It comes with a pretty decent suction cup with which you could attach the heater horizontally near the bottom of the bowl and it would not be an eyesore.
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I use a 2-5 gallon heater that I got at walmart, its the tetra whisper, in my 2.5 gallon and it works fine. Keeps mine at about 77-78. That should work fine in a bowl of that size. It comes with a pretty decent suction cup with which you could attach the heater horizontally near the bottom of the bowl and it would not be an eyesore.
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