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Old 08-26-2010, 09:19 AM   #1 
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Heaters?

Could any one please refer a good heater that is not to costy for a 3 gallon tank?


Also, my betta is 2 yrs. old and his top fin tip is curled a bit, is this a concern?
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:04 AM   #2 
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A good heater for that size would be the hydor mini heater. It doesn't have a set temp, but it raises the temperature to around 5 degrees and if you keep it on all the time, it works great. :)
But if you want one that has a set temp and stays that way, you could get the tetra whisper heater for 5-15 watt.
The Marineland visi therm heater is good if you want to adjust the temp yourself. This helps because it's easier to change if you need to make the water warmer when your fish is sick (ich, or other problems.)
I think it's small enough.

The only thing I can say about your bettas tail is just check the water quality and see if there is a problem there. Watch him to see if he is showing any signs of an illness too.

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:22 AM   #3 
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Thank you, I'll take a look at those heaters.

For the curling, over all his health is great. He still acts normal. I was not sure if it could be a health problem or other. I have read on another site that age can also make the fins curl a bit. I just do not know what is considered "old age" for a betta.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:11 PM   #4 
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Your welcome! :)
I think bettas can live up to 7 years the most, but that might be a little off.
If he's his full size, then it probably is because he's older, since he is okay otherwise.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:58 PM   #5 
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Seven YEARS????

I was always under the impression that two years is the average.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:01 PM   #6 
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Yeah he is full size, almost 3 inches long. The oldest betta I know of personaly is my boyfriends dad's, it lived to being 5 years old.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:29 AM   #7 
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Seven YEARS????

I was always under the impression that two years is the average.
I have heard up to 6 years with good care techniques. But as you and many others have said, a betta could be like 1-2 years old at the pet store, so if purchased there, and it lives for 2 years, its technically about 4-5 years old. Which makes a little bit more sense.
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I heard the same...I'm just guessing he is 2 since I got him from a petstore a year ago.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:52 PM   #9 
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The life span for a properly cared for betta is 3-5 years. Unfortunately most fish don't live that long because of miscare and leading stressed lives.

As for the heater I would suggest getting a nice heater. Instead of trying to save money on one that will crap out in a year or two just shell out the extra cash and buy a marineland visitherm or reina smart heater. Even the topfin brand at petsmart is decent. I would avoid stealth's because I've heard they have a design flaw that causes some to explode.

I would get a 25w heater for a 3 gallon.
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:24 AM   #10 
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Well actually I just upgraded my betta to a 7 gallon tank. :)
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