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Old 02-03-2014, 08:09 PM   #1 
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Aqueon 2.5 Minibow Question

I just bought this tank for my betta, and I think it's pretty good besides the filter being too strong, but that's fixable. My question is, does anyone else who has this tank have issues with the light heating up the water too much? With my heater and the light on, the water jumped up to 88 degrees. So I unplugged my heater and watched the thermometer. It dropped to 82 degrees without the heater. (My poor betta) On a hunch I moved the thermometer closer to the bottom of the tank and sure enough it was way cooler than the water at the top of the tank. So now I have moved my heater to the bottom of the tank and it seems to keep the water closer. I plan to run out to PetSmart tomorrow to get some sponge to baffle the filter with, would the movement of the water fix this problem or should I just try not to use the light?
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:58 AM   #2 
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I have the tank that you have, what I did was run to Lowe's or Home Depot and picked up a 6500K 25watt swirly bulb for the hood instead. This one is a lot cooler, and even reveals clearer colors in your fish. The brand was"Sylvania" if you care, and only about five dollars. Just remove the hood, unscrew the bulb, and replace it, make sure to keep the old one, and make sure that the new bulb will fit the socket.

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Old 02-04-2014, 11:14 AM   #3 
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I have the same tank, and had no problem with the filter that came with it. It wasn't too strong. My betta played in it constantly. Since then I've bought a Aquatop PF15-UV HOB fitler. He loves playing in the water fall with that one.
I also have a Cobalt Neo-Therm 25 watt heater in there that keeps the temp constant no matter what. I keep my light on no more than six hours a day, and it never has affected the temp.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:49 AM   #4 
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Odd, my betta was blown against the side of the tank with the filter anytime he was caught in the direct current. I'm going to PetSmart later to get some Fluval sponge to fix that. Maybe it's my heater that's my problem. It's a 7 watt that is actually made for 1 to 1 and a half gallon tanks, but I decided to try it anyway and it holds the water at 80 degrees.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:11 PM   #5 
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Odd, my betta was blown against the side of the tank with the filter anytime he was caught in the direct current. I'm going to PetSmart later to get some Fluval sponge to fix that. Maybe it's my heater that's my problem. It's a 7 watt that is actually made for 1 to 1 and a half gallon tanks, but I decided to try it anyway and it holds the water at 80 degrees.
Is your Betta small?
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:34 PM   #6 
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No, he's normal size. But this is the first time he's been in a tank with a filter, so I don't know. Perhaps I should have left it on a bit longer to see what happened, but I slightly panicked when I saw him being blown against the side of the tank, lol.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:20 PM   #7 
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If you need to baffle the fulter, tying a peice of womens pantyhose around the intake settles the water down well
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:57 PM   #8 
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Oh, well that's a nice tip to remember for future reference. I already ordered the sponge, so.. lol.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:09 PM   #9 
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lovee1795..I have 5g version of this...have you baffled the filter, then how? can you post some pics?
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:01 PM   #10 
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I have this tank and my main problem is that the water dissolves so quickly. Probably from the light, but I have too be constantly pouring more water in or the water falls too far and the current becomes too much for my girl Vapor. When I can keep it filled she is fine.
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