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Old 03-24-2011, 06:51 PM   #1 
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Adding A Second Heater?

I have a ten gallon divided in 3 with one 25 watt heater. I live in the mountains of NC where it gets cold very easily. The temperature in my tank varies from 70-72 on most occasions. I have another 25 watt heater from where I had my boys in separate 1 gallon tanks. Should I add the second heater to the tank to warm it up?
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:28 PM   #2 
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I think I would - that seems pretty chilly to me for bettas.

Just make sure you monitor the tank temp for a few days to make sure everything is A-OK.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:38 PM   #3 
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Yeah, and put them (obvs) on opposite ends of the tank, that way they wont interfere with eachother.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:02 PM   #4 
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Personally, I would get a 50w heater and put that in the tank on the opposite end. The 25w would make a good supplemental heater to the 50w.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:36 PM   #5 
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I can't really afford to buy anything right now and I'd have to put the heaters in the right and center sections because the filter is on the left section and that's the only section it'll fit in.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:51 PM   #6 
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That should be fine. Adding the second heater will help take pressure off the first heater helping it to not have to run so often. This will help to keep your heater from dying due to overuse.
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I don't know what's going on. I have the second heater in there but I guess it doesn't work anymore because it's not lighting up or anything.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:09 PM   #8 
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I would put it in a different container with cold water and see if it lights up. It would be the easiest way to check if it is still working. If it is, that section of the tank may just be warm enough that the thermostat doesn't get triggered.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:36 AM   #9 
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I saw it on yesterday so the heaters seem to be switching which one is doing the heating. Even with both heaters in there it gets to 70 during the day since I have to keep the door closed to keep the cats out and around 73 when I'm home.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:04 AM   #10 
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You may want to invest in a stronger heater then. If they seem to be doing fine, then no rush is necessary. I had a healthy Betta in a bowl with no heater for a while, until I had the funds to buy a small tank, filter, and heater. Now he thrives even more in 78-80 degrees, his colors are fantastic, and he enjoys himself a lot.
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