And my fish is acting really weird.
I came home after work to realize that the heat in my building had been turned off and Chester's (my fish) temperature
had dropped to 68 degrees (it is normally 78 degrees. I keep my apartment really warm, so I didn't have an aquarium heater). Chester was moving really slowly (not really swimming. More like floating), so I freaked out and went to Petsmart and picked up the first heater I saw. I purchased a 25 watt Top Fin Aquarium Heater (I have a 5 gallon tank. I followed the directions, but it doesn't seem to be working (the temperature is now 72 degrees even though it is set to 78). It's been 5 hours since I turned it on, so I think it might be broken.
I've been reading alot of horror stories about malfunctioning heaters, and I'm scared to go to sleep with the heater plugged in. I know I can't leave Chester heater-less as long as the heat in the building is off.
Is there anything I can do? Like keep a lamp on him all night until I can pick up a space heater in the morning or place a heating pad around his tank.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.