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Old 03-15-2010, 02:01 AM   #31 
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oo okay thanks for the tips.
oh by the way.. if anyone wants to know, my 10w heater keeps my 3 gallon tank at around 82-84 degrees. and with the light on, its around 84-86.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:19 PM   #32 
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Really?? Is there anyway to lower that down though? I think temps. too high still have an effect on bettas, believe it or not. Just not as bad as colder waters. And def. don't turn on the light if it gets that hot. That kind of temperature is only for sick temps, I beileve...
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i cant think of any way to lower the temp. but im doing what you said and keeping the light off.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #34 
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Get a 24 hr, 15 min interval mechanical timer. About $6 at walmart. ( the kind of timer with the dip pins, not the other slide pin type. ) This timer can be turned on and off many times per day.

Set the timer to be on or 45 mins and off for 15.

That effectivly cuts the power by 1/4th. And since the heater is such a low wattage the temp flecuations should be less than .5 degrees.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:18 PM   #35 
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do you think you could link me to the timer on walmart's website or something? im still not exactly sure what kind of timer to look for.
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http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/v...cm_ite=V117625


I can't find the actuall timer from walmart, it's by brinks. It lookes like the one in the link above.

The one from walmart is also 3 prong, don't get the 2 prong, because it can only cycle on and off once per day.

Any timer that has the timer pins built into the housing with a pin for each 15 minutes will work.
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looks like that one too. As you can see there are 4 pins for each hour you can flip on and off.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #38 
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okay so i did what you said and set the heater on a timer. 45 on, 15 off.
but the temperature didnt really drop. its still around the same as before. maybe a tiny bit lower. should i set the timer for 60 on, 30 off? or would that make the temperature fluctuate too much?
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Why is it so hot? What kind of heater is it? Is it preset or adjustable? Do you live in a generally warm area (southern states)? Etc. Go ahead and try that.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:35 PM   #40 
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preset. marineland 10w heater. 3 gallon tank. its not that hot here.. southern california

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