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Old 04-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #1 
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Heaters???

I've never used a heater before, and just recently heard that bettas need warmer temps for water. Here's my tank, should i get a heater?? What size?? And lastly what IS the ideal water temp for bettas????Name:  P1070255.jpg
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #2 
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For a 2.5 gallon, I would suggest a 25 watt adjustable heater. :) It's worth spending out to get a really good quality one - it will save money in the long term as it will last longer and heat the water more efficiently.

The safe range is 76-85. Ideally, try to keep it between 78 and 82. :) I aim for 80 with my betta tanks.

Make sure you get a glass thermometer to go on the inside of the tank to make sure that the heater is doing what it says it is.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #3 
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Definitely recommend a 25 watt. I have a Cascade 25 watt and have no complaints. Be warned that any adjustable heater will NOT have a reliable temperature scale on it, so you will need to regulate the temperature until you get a feel for the way the heater works. For example, my tank is at 82, but the heater is set at 86.
I keep my tank at around 82, but that's usually considered to be on the higher side. Rosie just seemed grumpy until I notched it up.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #4 
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I have a similar question. I have a 10gal tank I'm thinking of putting a betta into. Could I use a normal heating pad thats made for people to put under the tank?
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #5 
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It's not good to use heating pads - they are harder to control and not intended for use on tanks. For a 10 gallon, a 50w heater is the way to go.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:28 PM   #6 
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Okay I just wanted to make sure before doing it and having something bad happen. It's been a long time since I've had a betta and back then I didn't care for them like I should of. I was ignorant and just had em in tiny glass vases. :/
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:37 PM   #7 
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Well, we're glad you're here to learn more! Don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #8 
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^_^ If you say so, then I do have a few more questions, hehe. For a 10gal, would a filter be better or could I just do a bubbler? And which would be better, sand or gravel?
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #9 
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Filters are generally recommended for any tank, although I'm not sure what you mean by a "bubbler".
Sand or gravel depends mostly on personal preference, I think. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
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Bubbler, like something that just produces bubbles, no filter or anything. ^^;
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