Thanks for the advice, Sakura!
I'm going to wrap his little tank in a towel for the evening and keep the air in my apartment up this evening. Luckily, it's still not terribly cold here in Florida.
I've set the tank up with heater and cold water in it. I set the heater to 80 and will see what the temp is in the morning, to make sure it works properly and then I'm going to dump the water I have in, out and check it for any funky smells. I figure if it's going to leech, it'll leech after a night of working. I personally have a 50 Watt Top Fin heater in the 5.5gallon with Bowie, and haven't had any problems with it, but it never hurts to be careful. I wouldn't have chosen Top Fin right off the bat, but it was the lowest watt, adjustable heater I could find in my area. (I visited two stores and called three more to check). Hopefully this will be Remedio's last night in the ICU tank.
The 1 Gallon has an awkward top with the heater and no filter, but it's a nice size, just in case I still need to treat him with something, while still giving him more room to swim around.
I didn't mention it, but I've moved him out of the laundry room yesterday morning, He's now in my living room, on a table right beside me; I figured he was ready for a little stimulation. Also, he still hasn't passed anything, hopefully feeding him will help with that. And now I'm rambling, so I should end this here. lol
Originally Posted by Sakura8
:) I can understand why he'd be a happy guy. He's finally got someone who loves him and will take good care of him.
I wouldn't worry about the wattage of your heater in a small tank - I use 25w heaters in tanks as small as 1 gallon. I just make sure to monitor the water and make sure the temp is right and the heater is malfunctioning. I haven't used Top Fin heaters but I do know someone who has and who experienced a problem with her heater leeching some kind of rubbery smell into the water, making her fish sick. Keep an eye on it is all I can advise and yank it out if you smell any kind of chemical smell.
I think washing your hands in between feeding Bowie and Remedio should be enough to prevent any contamination but if you feel like that may not be enough, you can always do something like try to balance the pellets on a plastic spoon just under the surface of the water.