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Old 11-07-2010, 02:54 AM   #1 
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Exclamation 50 W Heater for 3 Gallon Betta Tank?

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I wanted to get a heater for my Betta but his tank is a 3 gallon one and the least wattage of heater I can get where I stay in is a 50 Watt fully submersible one. So my question is will the 50 W heater be okay for a small 3 gallon tank? I would like the water temperature to stay around the 28 degree C mark in the 2-3 months of winter we have here in Kolkata, India. Rest of the year it's nice and warm.

Please shed some light so I can buy the 50 W heater if it'll work well with my 3 gallon tank.

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:53 AM   #2 
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I'm not sure if it will or not. 50watts is a lot for a tank that size. 25 would be more ideal, have you tried ordering over the internet? If thats all you can get then you could try the 50 watt, just make sure its an adjustable one, otherwise your going to fry your betta lol
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:02 AM   #3 
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Yeah might be alot for the tank, I have a 50watt for my 10 gallon
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:17 AM   #4 
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I'm not sure if it will or not. 50watts is a lot for a tank that size. 25 would be more ideal, have you tried ordering over the internet? If thats all you can get then you could try the 50 watt, just make sure its an adjustable one, otherwise your going to fry your betta lol
That's the part I'm worried about, frying my Betta accidentally! The 50 W heater I'm talking about does come with a thermostat and is adjustable (chinese made from a company called SOBO). Should I try it or will the Betta be fine without the heating?
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:36 AM   #5 
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i'd say around 10-15 watts would be enough, as this 10 watt heater from petsmart says "for up to 3 gallons" http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=3792732
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^^ I wish I could get that 10 watt heater from Petsmart but I'm from India so can't be shipped here. Looks like I'm going to have to change the tank to a 10 gallon one so I could get a nice 50W heater then, only way out for me.
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As long as it is adjustable it should be okay. I have a hydor 50 watt in a 2-3 gallon and it keeps it around 79 on a lower setting.
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As long as it is adjustable it should be okay. I have a hydor 50 watt in a 2-3 gallon and it keeps it around 79 on a lower setting.
Thanks, then I'll get the 50 W heater for the tank and keep it at the 26 C mark. Goody
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Yupp. I've used 50 W heaters with my smaller tanks with no apparent problem. But be sure to monitor the temperature so the bettas don'y fry. :)
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Yupp. I've used 50 W heaters with my smaller tanks with no apparent problem. But be sure to monitor the temperature so the bettas don'y fry. :)
I'll get the 50W heater in a day or two. The temperature here in Kolkata is still warm, around the 27 C mark. Many thanks for helping me.
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