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Old 02-13-2011, 02:39 PM   #11 
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Don't use a lamp- they aren't too efficient and usually heat only around the top of the water.

Stealth Heaters (by Marineland I think) are great. Elite heaters are good as well.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:41 PM   #12 
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Lamps can heat unevenly, it's really hard to regulate the temperature without a heater, and bettas can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations. .

Adjustable/programmable heaters are really nice, but they are more expensive. The Hydor Mini Heater is decent for a 2-5 gallon, and is pretty cheap. It just raises the temperature by a few degrees, so if your room temp changes or is on the chilly side, this isn't a great option.

http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-HEATER-A.../dp/B0006JLPFE

I have a Tetra Whisper for 2-15 gallon tanks in my 2.5 minibow, and it keeps my water temperature at an even 78...the only problem is, if I need to raise the temperature to deal with illness/parasites, it won't get any higher than 78.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Heater-1-ct/10291808



With any heater, make sure you have a thermometer (they're super cheap, like two or three dollars) so you know the heater is working properly.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:48 PM   #13 
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heaters are expensive, but way worth it. :d

also, about the peas. i blanch them, by popping one in a bowl with enough water to fully cover the pea, and microwaving it for 10 seconds. :d then, chop it up into betta-bite-sized pieces and squishing it, so it moves a little. :d
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:11 PM   #14 
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cool!! Im trying to save my money till i get my fish so im looking for an evenly priced heater any ideas!!??
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:12 PM   #15 
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yay peas!!
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:22 PM   #16 
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Do You have a certain size tank in mind? The heater depends on the size.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #17 
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well im not to sure im hoping for a 2 gallon but it prabaly going to be a 1.5 gallon....
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