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Old 01-29-2011, 11:47 AM   #11 
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Yep. I just bought it for my 1 gal tank and it works well if your room isn't horribly cold. I keep my room in the 60's, and the heater keeps the 1 gal at a stable 75/76 degrees.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:07 PM   #12 
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That sounds good, is it inexpensive?
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:06 PM   #13 
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I paid about $18 for mine. The plus is that it's undergravel (so you can't see it and it doesn't take up room) and the perfect shape for a bowl.

The Tetra pre-set heaters at walmart are cheaper (around $11) and work really well in smaller tanks. The con is that it's hard to fit if you have a bowl, and it takes up a bit of space in a smaller tank.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:25 PM   #14 
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Welcome! I am using a pre-set Tetra 2-15 gallon heater (50watt) in my one gallon tank, and it does a wonderful job keeping the water at 78-80F (room temp: 65F). It couldn't keep up with my 5 gallon, though, once the room temp got to 60F.

Above a one gallon, I'd go with Marineland heaters. The shock resistant '30' (a replacement for the underperforming Tetra) is adjustable and my fish in the 5 gallon love it! When they want to be warm and cozy, I find them perching on it or snuggled under it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:53 PM   #15 
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Thanks everyone! I have an update:

Went to Petsmart today and forgot to bring my coupon that I wanted to use (facepalm!) They said I can bring it back with the receipt though, so I will next time I go. I got a bottle of water conditioner/de-chlorinator that said it was meant for bettas. That's what the coupon was for.

I also bought a mini siphon vacuum thing. I am going to try to do a 50% change mid-week, and a full water change over the weekend. I bought a few more fake plants- $0.99 each= :)

So I just changed both their tanks, and they are in containers floating in the tanks so the temperature will be the same. They had the zoo med heating pad for bettas, but they only had one, and it's $15. I'm hoping I can find one $10 or less. I will be on the look-out, heating does seem like a good idea for them.

Oh, I also bought a container of freeze-dried bloodworms, because I read on here they like them. I guess alternate between the pellets and the worms?
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:55 PM   #16 
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I usually give my Bettas bloodworms as a treat when I have to change their tanks. But yeah $15 is a little much for that Betta Bowel heater.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #17 
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Heaters are unfortunately pretty pricey, but they are definitely needed unless you live somewhere that's a stable warm temperature year round.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:32 PM   #18 
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:) It's good to know you're getting what you need. If you every upgrade to larger tanks, you might want to consider buying something like Prime conditioner. It only uses 2 drops per gallon, so it lasts a long time.

IMO, in a one gallon you should do maybe 2-3 100% water changes a week seeing as ammonia builds up quickly. Keep an eye on those fake plants, plastic plants often times rip betta's fins. As for heaters, you get what you pay for. I would go ahead and invest in good quality heaters, I know Marineland insures that its heaters will literally last a life time. If they break, you contact them and they'll mail you a new one. They're a bit on the expensive side (20 ish dollars) but seeing as your bettas could possibly live to about 5 years of age (and you might become addicted to bettas XD ), you'll need something that'll last long enough.

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Old 01-29-2011, 11:33 PM   #19 
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:) It's good to know you're getting what you need. If you every upgrade to larger tanks, you might want to consider buying something like Prime conditioner. It only uses 2 drops per gallon, so it lasts a long time.

IMO, in a one gallon you should do maybe 2-3 100% water changes a week seeing as ammonia builds up quickly. Keep an eye on those fake plants, plastic plants often times rip betta's fins. As for heaters, you get what you pay for. I would go ahead and invest in good quality heaters, I know Marineland insures that its heaters will literally last a life time. If they break, you contact them and they'll mail you a new one. They're a bit on the expensive side (20 ish dollars) but seeing as your bettas could possibly live to about 5 years of age (and you might become addicted to bettas XD ), you'll need something that'll last long enough.
Agreed, a heater is one thing you should really invest on, so worth it.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:34 PM   #20 
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Hi evreyone, Im new here. I had a blue betta named thomas after the tank engine. I was like 6 at the time; I fed him for a few days amnd then forgot:( Then aweek later i remembered I have a fish! So I went to go look at him and there he was floating at the top of the tank:( I FELT SICK!! But anways now ihave a 10 gallon tank with dividers and three bmale bettas in it. I also have a 1 gallon tank with a betta i found at a betta killing wal mart. So feel free to ask any questions
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