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Old 09-03-2013, 10:20 PM   #1 
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Do I need a heater?

My betta is housed in a 1.5 gallon filtered aquarium. I was told a while back when he was sick [though he recovered and is completely fine now] I should get a heater because of how warm their water needs to be. I live in Florida, where the temperature is relatively in the high 70's to the low 80's almost all the time.

His tank is usually around the 80 degree mark at room temperature. My house is the warmest in the house.

Wouldn't getting a heater for him just fry him?

Here is a picture of his tank that I am using. Though this was taken quite a while back. Setup is still the same.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #2 
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The temp is fine, but the main benefit a heater would give you is stability... Which is almost as important as warmth.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:29 PM   #3 
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You do have a point about the stability but I am afraid because his water is at 80 or sometimes even a tiny bit warmer that a heater will just cause his water to boil.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #4 
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The preset Tetra heater at Wal-mart won't heat the tank so high and is good for that size tank. I use it for my same exact tank and it stays at 78, that's as high as it heats.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:46 PM   #5 
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You do have a point about the stability but I am afraid because his water is at 80 or sometimes even a tiny bit warmer that a heater will just cause his water to boil.
Heaters only come on when the temperature falls below the designated degree. You could have 5 heaters in the tank and it wouldn't matter so long as you don't set it higher than the temperature you want the tank to be. What that means is barring a malfunction, if the heater cooks your fish its your fault because you did not set it properly. If you don't want to cook your fish, don't set the heater to 100 degrees.... But really, just because you set a heater to a temp doesn't mean that that is the temp to which it will bring the water. It's important to spend time checking a new heater to make sure that its calibration is not too far off or that it's not broken out of the box.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #6 
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The preset Tetra heater at Wal-mart won't heat the tank so high and is good for that size tank. I use it for my same exact tank and it stays at 78, that's as high as it heats.

I have 3 of these and love them!
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