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Old 01-12-2010, 08:49 PM   #1 
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Unobtrusive heater?

So I think I'm going to go for my second Betta. I want to try it on a smaller scale this time. Something around 2 gallons. I know, it's pretty small, but I figure if the fish is getting sick a lot, looking not awesome, or seeming stressed, I'll just break down and give him a full size tank.

My only question is if anybody knows of
1. ANY heater that would be suitable for such a small place
2. A heater that wouldn't be super ugly and obtrusive in such a small space, especially when I'm going for more of a zen look.

Any other tips would be greatly appreciated as I've never tried a Better in a vase/bowl/whatever I decide to put it in.

Oh yeah. What do you use to get stubborn algae off glass with out scratching the glass? If i work on it enough with the rbber scraper it comes, but it takes HOURS. IS there some kind of cloth that is safe on glass and works?

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:16 PM   #2 
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I've been looking at the reviews for this http://www.petco.com/product/102429/...0Heater-102429 , and it seems pretty good. In fact, I'm most likely going to purchase that heater for my 1.5 gallon.

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:28 PM   #3 
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Thanks. It sounds perfect, acually. Now I just have to pick out a nice tank/bowl/thingy. I have a gorgeous hand blown vase that's around 1.5 gallons, but the top is a little narrow for cleaning and the cord of the heater owuld look funny since it would basically just be hanging down the center... Eww.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:01 PM   #4 
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Hydor Mini. It's flat form should maximise space in a smaller tank.

I strongly recommend you just get a square vase. Shouldn't be hard to come by at Michaels and it would make the wiring far less awkward,

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Old 01-12-2010, 11:26 PM   #5 
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the hydor mini heater is great, and you can bury it under the gravel too.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:29 PM   #6 
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I may have to get me one of those!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:20 AM   #7 
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just to let you guys know, i have that heater and it only keeps your water about 3 degrees warmer than the air temp
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:30 PM   #8 
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I strongly recommend you just get a square vase. Shouldn't be hard to come by at Michaels and it would make the wiring far less awkward,
I think you're right about that. I love the look of the cylindrical vases, but it will just be too hard to work the heater in with out totally ruining the look I'm going for.
If i can find a REALLY large, short, squat one, with a really wide open mouth, I might use it and do a bamboo garden that grows out of it, but otherwise I'll probably go for something squarish. I'll just see what turns up.
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:31 PM   #9 
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just to let you guys know, i have that heater and it only keeps your water about 3 degrees warmer than the air temp
Crap. How large of a tank? That probably won't be warm enough in the winter at my house.

But i guess if it doesn't work out, I can just temporarily put a divider in my 5 gallon and have the new one live with my old one. Haha. The old one might not be too psyched about that, though. :p
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Old 01-13-2010, 12:42 PM   #10 
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I think it raises 3 degrees in 5 gallons, and 5 degrees with a 2-2.5 gallon.

If you keep your house below 70 degrees, then it might not do the trick.
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