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Old 10-04-2011, 10:58 PM   #1 
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Heating a bowl...

Seeing the review thread made me think of this question. My betta is in a 1gallon bowl, and I'm searching for a heater. What would you all reccommend I use?
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:05 PM   #2 
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Unfortunately it is very, very difficult to safely heat something as tiny as 1 gallons. I would recommend you upgrade to a tank of 3-5 gallons, then you could get a 25 watt heater.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:11 PM   #3 
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I would recommend maybe getting a 3 gal critter keeper, it's not expensive and it easy to maintain like a bowl. I've been using the Hagen Elite 25W heater and it works great (can buy it on amazon)... Pretty simple setup but still keeps the guys happy :)
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:32 PM   #4 
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unfortunately small heaters that are made for 1g bowls aren't very stable or safe .. because most of them are pre-set temps .. you can't control .. and more times then not i've heard stories of over heat and cook ur fishie ..

for my qt tanks (which are 2.5 filled to 1g) i use a pocket warmer pouch and put it against the glass and cover it with a towel to keep fishie warm .. also you can use a hair dryer and blow heat at the tank (monitor this every few hrs) .. or .. use electric blanket and wrap it around .. or use one of those portable room heaters .. temps should not heat too fast too drastically in 24 hr period (1-2 deg is generally safer to prevent shocks) ..
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:58 PM   #5 
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Thanks all :) I wasn't sure, which is why I've held off so long on heater purchases.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:00 AM   #6 
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Thanks all :) I wasn't sure, which is why I've held off so long on heater purchases.
uk me ive one 1gal and the 3gal
I use hydor mini heaters for them both

http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-HEATER-A.../dp/B0006JLPFE
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:29 AM   #7 
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I've been able to heat a small container of .8 gal and about 1.5 gal with this http://www.amazon.com/Marina-C10-Sub...7997739&sr=1-3
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:29 AM   #8 
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When I upgrade to 2.5 gallons for my boys, I will be getting a drum (I know, lame) and you can just keep a lamp that gets hot by them, if it is plastic. If it is glass, there really isn't anything you can do. Glass doesn't heat up well.

Thats how I heat mine now. I have a lamp that stays on all day, and it keeps their water at about 82 degrees.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:34 AM   #9 
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i have a 2.5 gallon and i use the under gravel heater..it works great keeps the water 80-82.
i got it at petco
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:26 PM   #10 
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What do you do a night with the lamp? I think its good to have a light/dark cycle for any animal.


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When I upgrade to 2.5 gallons for my boys, I will be getting a drum (I know, lame) and you can just keep a lamp that gets hot by them, if it is plastic. If it is glass, there really isn't anything you can do. Glass doesn't heat up well.

Thats how I heat mine now. I have a lamp that stays on all day, and it keeps their water at about 82 degrees.
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