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Old 01-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #1 
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Does my betta tank need a heater?

I just recently have a tank and I don't how many gallons but its about 5 buckets of water anyway i'm a lil' bit broke but does my tank need a heater
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if anyone could tell me where to buy a cheap heater
I really appreciate it
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #2 
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no, but i would HIGHLY recommend one, or at least a thermometer, i understand if you don't have enough money.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:45 PM   #3 
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Any pet store will have heaters, but a good one that will actually work for you will be anywhere from 20-30 bucks. It has to be adjustable. If you give us the dimensions of the tank, we can tell you how many gallons, which will tell us the wattage of heater you need :)
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:51 AM   #4 
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Thank you for your advice I will try to tell you the dimensions as soon as i can
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:00 AM   #5 
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Okay
Its length is 24 inches, the width is 12 inches, and the height is 13 inches high. I'm only a 12 year old kid that's why I don't know much about them. I sometimes research about them but in each websites they have a bit of differences that counter each other

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Old 01-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #6 
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do your parents have an ebay account? sometimes you can find them on there for cheap
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #7 
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So you have a 15g tank (approx) First question: Does your room stay at 80*F all the time? If no, then the answer to "do i need a heater" is yes. An adjustable heater is not an absolute. While it's very nice to have, a preset can and does work ok.

Tetra makes a preset heater that goes for around 20 bucks at walmart. Grab the Tetra 30. It's a 100w heater and would work fine for this tank.

Other than that, the hagen and eheim jeager heaters are excellent choices.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #8 
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I agree with Jodah.
If you have betta(s) or other tropical fish, they thrive in temps in the 76-82 range. A preset heater will typically heat the tank a few degrees higher than the surrounding room temp. An adjustable heater will work a little better if your room temp is lower than 73+ (which it tends to be especially in winter)
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:15 AM   #9 
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Oh so I really need a heater here in baguio(philippines).here in baguio we have approximately 9-12*C this month
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:12 AM   #10 
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I agree with Jodah.
If you have betta(s) or other tropical fish, they thrive in temps in the 76-82 range. A preset heater will typically heat the tank a few degrees higher than the surrounding room temp. An adjustable heater will work a little better if your room temp is lower than 73+ (which it tends to be especially in winter)

This is one of the biggest misconceptions I see floated around here. A preset heater SHOULD heat the water to its preset temprature, it has no idea what the outside temprature is, only what it's thermostat tells it to shut off at. An inadequate heater will only heat the water to a few degrees above the surrounding temp because its internal thermostat never makes it to the temp required to shut off.

That being said, your betta should have a heater, but he will certainly won't die without one. Also don't skimp here, you can tell your parents there is a nice Fluval 200 watt on Amazon for 18 bucks, and if they spend 25 it's eligible for free shipping. It's a very nice high quality heater, is adjustable, and will work awesome in a 10 gallon even if it's open top.

The Phillipines you say!? That changes things. I really don't now what you have available there. Are your outlets 220v?
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