So this is partly the fault of a defective thermometer.... just got hit with a doublewhammy I guess.
A weekish ago I bought a heater for my 2 gall tank. It didn't turn on. I went back to petsmart. I decided to pay the extra and just get a marienland heater for smaller tanks. It said it was preset to 74 and would heat up to 3 gallons of water.The fish I had in with it was unhappy, but I figured that was mostly due to the bare-bottom QT2 gallon tank.
Anyway, I get my lovely new 2.5. I set it up. Put in the heater. Several hours later my fish is lethargic, starting to list, and goign belly up. I cup him, and realize his water is kinda warm. I feel my 10 gallon. Deff warmer than my 10 gallon which I keep at 80. My thermomiter in the 2.5 is showing like 70something degrees. appropriate range. I pluck the thermomiter from inside the 10 gallon.
NINETY. DEGREES. NINETY! 90!!! No wonder my fish was doing horribly! I got him in some cooler water and he's perking right up and swimming around again. ugh. One heater that doesn't work, and one that fries my tank!