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Old 10-13-2013, 07:50 PM   #1 
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Brands of tank heater for 3gal.

I'm looking for a good reasonable priced heater for my 3gal tank. I've looked at these up for ideas and review.

tetra submersible heater 50w 2-10gallon auto adjustable temp $13ish w.out shipping

Hydor MINI HEATER Aquarium Heater 7.5W for Tanks 2-5gal auto adjustable temp $14.99 free ship

Bettastick deep blue professional 7.5w up to 3gal auto adjustable $11.95 w.ship
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:57 PM   #2 
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I believe the tetra heater you posted is the one I have in all three of my tanks (5.5, 1.5, and a 3 gallon). I have had no problems with them and have found them to keep the temperature very reliably at 78 degrees. I have had no issues and am very satisfied with their performance so far.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:09 PM   #3 
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I wouldn't get any of those - go for one that you can adjust yourself and not one that is pre-set. The Hydor Theo 25W heater is in that price range and would be perfect for a 3 gallon tank. You can find them at the following links :)

This site is $15.59, and usually about $5 shipping, free shipping for orders over $25 though: http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-25W-Subm...r+theo+25+watt

This site is $15.00 and also about $5 shipping: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=11368

This one is $18.98 but has free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hydor-25W-Su...item485b304bad

It really is worth the extra couple of dollars to have an adjustable heater :)
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #4 
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:10 AM   #5 
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Ok, I have another question why go with an adjustable vs auto one?
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #6 
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I think a lot of people like being in full control of the temperature and like being able to adjust it; I think this also becomes useful in treating certain illnesses if they arise and adjusting the temperature if need be. I haven't needed to do any of this yet, and so haven't bothered with getting an adjustable heater when I already have auto-adjusted ones that work perfectly well.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:17 AM   #7 
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With an adjustable heater there are many perks:

-Less temperature swings, from the pre-set ones I've had I know that the temperature fluctuates, sometimes up to 8 degrees if it got really cold at night. Stable temperatures are good for bettas.

-If your betta gets sick and you need to do a treatment, but need to either lower or raise the water temperature - you can't do that with a pre-set heater. It's pretty much stuck at one setting that you can't control.

-Sometimes they just may not be very effective. I've used a couple of heaters that say they work for tanks 2-5 gallons in size... So I stuck it in a 2 gallon and it won't get above 74 degrees, but then it overheats if it's in a 1 gallon.

-With the weather changes the temperature in your house changes as well, even if it's minor. In the summer you might need a heater to raise the temperature just a couple of degrees, but in the winter you might need to raise it about 5+ degrees. An adjustable heater will allow you to have the heater in your tank year-round and it will only turn on if the temperature goes below whatever it's set at.

Hope that helps clarify some for you :)
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:27 AM   #8 
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It seems to me that, in general, adjustable heaters are better quality than pre-set. It's only a few dollars difference. You don't want to skimp on heaters.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:52 PM   #9 
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Adjustable heaters also require less guesswork. When I used a preset one (which worked for less than a week), I found myself constantly checking the temperature. With my adjustable, I only check it every now and again.
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It seems to me that, in general, adjustable heaters are better quality than pre-set. It's only a few dollars difference. You don't want to skimp on heaters.
Spend a few dollars, you will be much happier in the long run.

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