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Old 02-05-2010, 02:45 PM   #1 
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heater question

this might be a stupid question, so i apologize ahead of time

i have a 5 gallon tank for my betta and there is a heater in it. i think i have the heater that is made for 2-5 gallons. i don't have a thermometer on the tank (i am getting one tomorrow). my betta, rooster, swims around and he's pretty healthy i think, but he spends a lot of time huddled up under the heater (especially since it's been colder the last few weeks). should i get a different heater? is the rest of the water too cold maybe? maybe i should get a heater for the 5-10 gallon size? thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #2 
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Not dumb at all.

If the temperature in your room is going to fluctate more than 10 degrees frequently, use a heater that has 4 or 5 watts per gallon of tank.

If the room's temperature does not fluctuate more than 10 degrees, using a heater that is 2.5 to 3 watts per gallon of tank is fine.

Hope that helps.

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Old 02-05-2010, 03:00 PM   #3 
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yes, that helps!! thanks! his tank is near a window, so the temp over there probably fluctuates more than in the rest of the house. i'm going to get him a better heater and i'll think he'll be happier! :)
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