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Old 02-12-2011, 10:33 AM   #1 
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Exclamation I think I made a terrible mistake!!

So, my heater broke two days ago so as a result, I ended up going to Petsmart to buy a new heater. I got the Top Fin 25 watt which says it's suitable for up to 5 gallon tanks as I have a 3 gallon. I don't know if I made the mistake of getting a 25 watt, but I rinsed the heater, placed it in the tank (& added water conditioner incase there was some chlorine or chemicals lurking on the heater) & it isn't preset, you can adjust the temperature.
So I adjusted it to about 78 and within 2 hours the heater automatically shut off meaning the water was now 78. It is now the next day and my betta is acting a little funny.
Did I shock him? Did the water temperature change too fast?
Help!!
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:03 AM   #2 
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Anyone ?!?!?! Help !!
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:54 AM   #3 
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Not sure which heather that is, do you have a picture?
It doesn't matter what tank size you have or what type of heater ALWAYS monitor the temperature with a thermometer.
This is what allows you to have a strong heater in a small tank or a low watt heather in a big tank... you adjust accordingly.
How did you adjust your fish to the new water?
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:55 PM   #4 
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Sadly, Gilbert passed away today.
Thank you so much for responding to my post though and for trying to help.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:21 PM   #5 
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Aww, I'm sorry for your loss!! I have a 25 watt Marineland stealth in a 2.5 critter keeper and have never had a problem with it. It's set at 78.
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