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Old 07-28-2011, 11:12 AM   #1 
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heater?

Sorry for asking stupid questions but I am new to betta fish. I have Mugzy at home and Prince at my job. I have been reading posts about heaters. I do not have a heater for either one. Is it good to have a heater or can I leave their tanks without? Thanks!
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:29 AM   #2 
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Sorry for asking stupid questions but I am new to betta fish. I have Mugzy at home and Prince at my job. I have been reading posts about heaters. I do not have a heater for either one. Is it good to have a heater or can I leave their tanks without? Thanks!
Bettas are tropical fish which require warmer waters...77-80 degrees.Depending on where you live you may or may not need a heater. Usually if you are running an A/c though you will need one. I would start off by getting a thermometer to determine what temperature your tank is without a heater. What size tank are they in? Maybe I can recommend some nice heaters.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:27 PM   #3 
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You can get thermometers from the fish section in walmart for about 1 dollar, and they're very accurate. :)

The size of the tank will determine what sort of heater and wattage you need, but heating smaller (less than 2 gallons) tanks will be difficult to heat and will probably require an upgrade.
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Prince is in a 2 gallon and Mugzy is in a small bowl at the moment. I just set up his new 2 gallon. I will be moving him in it tomorrow. I wanted it to run with the filter and let the water adjust to the temperature.
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I have heard good things about these heaters for smaller tanks.
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Submersi...1897674&sr=8-1
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So I went out and bought a thermometer and the water is ranging between 72-76. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:59 PM   #7 
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I have a heater, but I dont use it anymore. Instead, I leave the light on during the day and turn it off at night. It keeps the temp in my 10 gal between 75 and 79 at all times.
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I have heard good things about these heaters for smaller tanks.
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Submersi...1897674&sr=8-1
I use these, very handy and cheap.
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I have a heater, but I dont use it anymore. Instead, I leave the light on during the day and turn it off at night. It keeps the temp in my 10 gal between 75 and 79 at all times.
Just out of curiosity wouldnt the tank cool down significantly at night?
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