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Old 01-10-2012, 09:30 PM   #11 
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I'm not sure if this helps, but I found that the cheapest heater at my local pet store was designed for 2-10 gallons and goes under the gravel. It was about 10 dollars canadian and keeps the temperature at a constant 25 celcius (not sure what that is in fahrenheit). I've owned a few bettas in the past and never had a heater. It didn't seem to be a huge issue but my new guy is definitely more active than the other fish i've owned, and I am guessing its because he's a little warmer.

If it's going down to 9 degrees you should try to get one. Another trick is to wrap the fish bowl with a towel over night, this helps keep heat in.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:01 PM   #12 
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Keep in mind he said 9-12* Celsius.... which equates to 48-54* F. So, here's the jerk post of the night from me.

Get a freakin heater dude.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:48 AM   #13 
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I'm not sure who i will believe its kinda confusing some say i should buy one and some say i shouldn't. well i think i will try both and see which is better for them
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:55 AM   #14 
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I'm not sure who i will believe its kinda confusing some say i should buy one and some say i shouldn't. well i think i will try both and see which is better for them
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it comes down to whether the water temp in the tank is at a betta safe level on its own or not. If its too low, you need a heater.
I live in Dallas, TX and its hot a lot here. but during the winter and even the summer since I use air conditioning, I use heaters because without, the water would be too cold.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:25 PM   #15 
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It's really a simple yes or no answer. If you maintain tank temps 78*F or higher, then no, a heater is not a necessity. If you don't, get a heater.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:49 PM   #16 
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There is not a yes or no answer as of yet..

Get a thermometer 1st & put it in the tank.. Watch it for a couple days & see how low the temp goes.

I can tell you that where I am we are much colder then you are & I keep my house at a steady 72 Fahrenheit. 2 of my tanks do not have heaters & the temp is at 76-80 all the time.

Unlike others I believe that a little temperature fluctuation is good. The same thing happens in the wild when the sun goes down, especially in standing water such as a rice paddy.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #17 
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The trouble is a rice paddy is quite a large body of water, and while shallow, is usually many miles long.

Fluctuations would happen much more slowly in a rice paddy than in a small aquarium. It is how fast the fluctuations occur, and how big the swing is, which makes them stressful to fish.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:09 AM   #18 
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Hey all. I am a college student who was just given a beautiful Red Betta. I've had him a week and have fallen hard. However, I live in a dorm and only have room for the gallon tank he arrived in. Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a small, adjustable heater? All I've heard of is one from Hydor, but it changes according to room temp and I don't really trust it...
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:58 AM   #19 
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The one from Hydor is supposed to heat the tank a few degrees higher than the surrounding area. I have that one; the Hydor Mini Heater. It's in my two-gallon tank, and it keeps the temperature steady. =] It may also help that I have a glass tank, not plastic or acrylic, which holds heat in better. I also have a cover for the top (the plastic bag that my fish came in), and it also seems to help hold in heat and contribute to maintaining humidity for my fish. I put a very thin layer of substrate in the tank, put the little heater in, and cover it will another layer of substrate, and it works just fine. =] Of course, I still keep a thermometer in there and check it periodically. I, too, am paranoid.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:09 AM   #20 
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I have the mini Hydor heater attached to the back wall of my glass 2.5 gallon tank for Shruikan and it keeps the tank in the upper 70's. It fluctuates a little but we've been having a strange winter on the east coast and it has been getting colder then warmer so I attribute that to the change in temp in the tank. My divided ten gallon has a cascade adjustable heater rated for a ten gallon tank and I set it to just above 80 degrees and it keeps the water at 78-80 degrees on both sides of the divider. I have it placed on the back wall, vertically on one side of the tank and both sides hold the same exact temp steadily. I think heaters are a good thing to have on hand even if you don't need to use one in the tank all the time. Just a good thing to have in case the fish gets sick and you have to raise the temp to help with the treatments. I would look online for places that ship to you that might have fish accessories for less than the local stores.
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