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Old 11-06-2011, 07:54 PM   #1 
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Inconsistent Heater...

When I bought my 10gal tank it came with this awesome heater (100w I know it's too much but I keep it low and it maintains a steady 80 degrees)....Except, I left for the weekend and it's getting cool out so my house was cold about 50 degrees so when I checked my thermometer the heater was only keeping it at about 71.5 degrees. I know this temp. is still ok but I would like it to stay at 80 is there anything i can do to keep it a steady temp?

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal divded
What temperature is your tank? Usually 80
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Other Betta

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Bite Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 Pellets/ twice a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 25% + vacuum weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime by Seachem

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:5
pH: =~8
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? It hasn't
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? A Few months
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:02 AM   #2 
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is it a tetra brand heater from walmart?
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:43 PM   #3 
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Is it adjustable as in "Hi Med Low" or does it have an actual thermostat? If it's just former then it will be difficult to keep it stable, because it only heats a certain number of degrees above room temperature. If it is the latter, which has the actual temperatures you can set it to, then the internal thermostat is probably broken.

Also, if it is one of those "plug and play" ones where there is nothing to adjust, then it's the same reason as the Hi-Med-Low heaters. It will only heat a certain number of degrees above the current room temperature.

At least this is my personal experience with them.
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is it a tetra brand heater from walmart?
No, it's a set-able heater
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:00 PM   #5 
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Is it adjustable as in "Hi Med Low" or does it have an actual thermostat? If it's just former then it will be difficult to keep it stable, because it only heats a certain number of degrees above room temperature. If it is the latter, which has the actual temperatures you can set it to, then the internal thermostat is probably broken.

Also, if it is one of those "plug and play" ones where there is nothing to adjust, then it's the same reason as the Hi-Med-Low heaters. It will only heat a certain number of degrees above the current room temperature.

At least this is my personal experience with them.
It has the thermostat.....And it does work, because when my house is warm it keeps my tank a steady 80 degrees so It just seems that it can't keep up when my house gets really cold???
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:40 PM   #6 
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Is it in a relatively flow-less area? Sometimes they turn off when the heater just heats up a small pocket of the water surrounding itself, causing it to turn off prematurely. I generally stick heaters next to the filter in/outtake and put the thermometer as far away as possible to get an accurate reading.
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Is it in a relatively flow-less area? Sometimes they turn off when the heater just heats up a small pocket of the water surrounding itself, causing it to turn off prematurely. I generally stick heaters next to the filter in/outtake and put the thermometer as far away as possible to get an accurate reading.
Yes but even then. beofre that I have had to set it lower than what I want because it's a 100 watt in only a 10 gal. but so long as my house is decently warm it stays at the same temp regardless of where the heater is the only problem is when my house goes about to 50 degrees. Other than that it works great!
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:18 AM   #8 
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cold room temperature will cause tank temps to drop a little .. even with a heater .. since your room get's sooo cold .. you can set the temp higher on the heater .. and monitor it to make sure it doesn't get too hot .. then calibrate your heater from there to balance the tank temps and room temps
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