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Old 08-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #1 
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How Can I Better Heat My Tank?

I have a divided 5 gallon tank, and my Tetra 2-15 heater isn't heating the water well enough. Before I divided the tank, it kept the water at a constant 76 degrees. Now, it struggles to keep the water above 72 and constantly stays around 74.

Can two heaters be used? Should I invest in a better heater?

Any help is appreciated. My tank is divided using plastic mesh, so I really do not know why the water isn't circulating well. It fills up evenly with no blockages.

You can see in this picture that the heater is located in the center of the tank, and my thermometer is on the far left (not visible.).

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:03 PM   #2 
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If you have a baffled filter, which you probably should for bettas, then that might be causing the heat to not circulate well. Or do you not have a filter at all? I can't see one in the picture. As I posted in your other topic, mine heats fairly evenly, but I do have a filter. It is a Hagen Aquaclear 30. It is baffled so much that the surface of the water is perfectly still, but my guess is that it is why I don't have any problems with heat. It also makes maintenance a dream.
So I would suggest either getting a good filter. I am not sure if 2 heaters would be safe. Someone else should weigh in on that...
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If you have a baffled filter, which you probably should for bettas, then that might be causing the heat to not circulate well. Or do you not have a filter at all? I can't see one in the picture. As I posted in your other topic, mine heats fairly evenly, but I do have a filter. It is a Hagen Aquaclear 30. It is baffled so much that the surface of the water is perfectly still, but my guess is that it is why I don't have any problems with heat. It also makes maintenance a dream.
So I would suggest either getting a good filter. I am not sure if 2 heaters would be safe. Someone else should weigh in on that...
I have a filter but I've never used it. I've always felt the tank is easier to clean once a week.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:09 PM   #4 
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:o i have that exact heater and it does me just fine, but TWO heaters would be dangerous, it could over heat and kill your fish.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:12 PM   #5 
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I wonder if it isn't heating well because it is at the top of the water. I use to place it horizontally along the bottom of the tank. I placed it in the top-middle this time hoping it would equally heat both halves.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:23 PM   #6 
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its better to put it on the bottom of the tank, that way it heats better!
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:24 PM   #7 
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Well if you don't have a filter going do keep in mind that the only water movement is going to come from your fish moving around. Like I said before, mine is baffled so my fish hardly even know it is there. I don't use carbon, only sponges and ceramics, so I only need to take them out every other week and give them a squeeze in old tank water (still do weekly water changes of 25-40%). Once the cycle is up and running it really is a breeze, imo.
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