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Old 10-13-2011, 08:44 PM   #1 
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Question Is a heater REALLY necessary ?

Title states the question. :D Is a heater REALLY necessary ?
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:49 PM   #2 
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Well no, not if you like a lethargic, low immune system (so easily sick), often bloated because his metabolism is slower, clamped, stressed betta.
I personally like a healthy, happy betta =)

Otherwise, yes. Unless you can guarantee that his temp will be constant between 78-82, and not flux up or down. And that is pretty much impossible without a heater since house temps change rather often, and especially at night.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #3 
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well, if you live in a fairly tropical local (80+) and no ac to cool the place off.

But really they need warm temps, unless you can keep them in the 75-80 range, you need a heater
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:58 PM   #4 
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Unless you live in a tropical climate all year around, yes. Period.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:29 PM   #5 
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Erm, yes. You'd need to live in a tropical area like where Bettas are from (Malaysia, Thailand, etc) where it's not required to have a heater since it's always hot and humid there.

I'm guessing you don't live there, so yes a heater is needed for your Betta. It's like shoving you in into a freezer and telling you to live there naked. I don't think you'd be able to survive.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:22 PM   #6 
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We keep our house thermostat pretty warm...it is usually 76-77 degrees...and my tanks still need heaters because without them the water stays around 73 degrees..which is cold for betta fish. Bettas like their water around 76-80 degrees. A heater is necessary unless you live somewhere that is pretty warm and you can keep the water temperature between 76-80 degrees. The best thing you can do is get a thermometer to determine how cold or warm your water is...That will help determine if it is necessary for you or not. Cold bettas are more likely to become ill and lethargic.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:27 AM   #7 
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Im getting a heater through amazon currently. What temp should the water be?
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:00 AM   #8 
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Get an adjustable one if you can.

78-80 is pretty good for a betta. just make sure it's co.nstant. tempeture fluctuations are bad for the immune system
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