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post #81 of 106 (permalink) Old 10-13-2017, 04:30 AM Thread Starter
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So, have the tank and everything set up since probably 9 pm. It is now 4:30 am, and temp still is at 68 degrees. The thermometer is a bit hard to read, even with glasses on, but it is between 68 and 70. It should be a bit warmer by now, no?

So, might complain to Chewy, see what they offer. Maybe its defective. Maybe I didn't give it time to get used to the water before plugging it in. Last few times, including right now, the light is off on the heater.
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It's probably not working correctly. Every time I've started up a new heater, the temp rose a 2 or 3 degrees within an hour at least. Definitely complain and try to get a refund. Some better heaters for you are one of these two:

Hydor Theo -- I own 2 of these. They're actually relatively small, so if you wanted you could get the 50 watt model of this, keep it adjusted low, and use it safely in your 3g. That way, if you ever wanted to use it on a larger tank, you wouldn't need to buy a more powerful heater. An admin on this site, @RussellTheShihTzu , uses 50 watt Hydors in her 2.5 gallon tanks with no problem.

Aquarium Heaters: Hydor Theo Heater

Marina adjustable 25-watt -- I own one of these (as well as the enormous 50-watt version that would never fit in a small tank), and I've been using it daily in my old 3g for two years now with no problem. It's main drawback is that it doesn't have temperature labels, so you just have to crank it up and watch where the thermometer lands. Keep an eye on it for 24 hours to see where it peaks at, and if it's too high, turn it down slightly.

Marina 25 Watt Mini Submersible Aquarium Heater | eBay

The big thing about adjustable heaters vs. pre-set (which is what you have), is that for adjustables, upwards wattage doesn't matter at all (I once saw someone put a 100 watt adjustable in a 5g), because you can make it go to any temp you want within its capabilities. With pre-set, it's putting out the same amount of heat always, so if it's too hot or too cold for your tank, there's nothing you can do.
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Gonna get the Theo 50 w, and adjust low. I am also ordering a few of the plants you linked before, but the ones I really like are out of stock till middle of November. Thanks, again. Maybe Chewy will just do a credit for my next purchase or something.

Gonna look for an easier thermometer to read too. Tiny tiny numbers.
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For thermometers, I prefer to use these on my tanks because they give very fast and accurate readouts:

3 pcs LCD Digital Fish Aquarium Thermometer Water Black FREE Extra Batteries | eBay

One of these I have has been running every day for 2 years and the battery is still going strong. Works great. I dunno if it would still be too small for you or not though.

Only the temperature-sensing probe and the cord is submersible, though. The body of the thermometer has to stay on the outside of the tank. It comes with a suction cup to hang it on the outside of the tank.
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You said no metal inside right? So this one is out?



Plastic one is out of stock at Drs.
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For thermometers, I prefer to use these on my tanks because they give very fast and accurate readouts:

3 pcs LCD Digital Fish Aquarium Thermometer Water Black FREE Extra Batteries | eBay

One of these I have has been running every day for 2 years and the battery is still going strong. Works great. I dunno if it would still be too small for you or not though.

Only the temperature-sensing probe and the cord is submersible, though. The body of the thermometer has to stay on the outside of the tank. It comes with a suction cup to hang it on the outside of the tank.
Okay, thanks.

Should not be too small.

The one I got, is this: https://www.chewy.com/marina-floatin...tion/dp/131461

I just cannot read it. Way smaller than their picture shows.
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Here's a pic I took of one of mine just now, with a quarter for reference. And Emperor's big red head on the bottom right. He came over to see what I was doing...

The numbers are decently big.
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Done, ordered the digital thermometer, Theo heater, 4 plants. Good to go for now.

Will wait a week or 2 or 3 before deciding on 10 gallon tank. I really have one, my son has his lizard in it right now, but I have a 40 or 50 I want him to put the lizard in, but we do not have a lid for the 40 or 50. Not sure if the 10 has a crack either, the way my son takes care of things, plus I would want a fresh sterile one.
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Be careful with using reptile tanks as fish tanks. Depending on what it was designed for, it may not even hold water. If it was sold as a reptile tank, it may not be water-tight even if it isn't cracked. Last thing anybody wants is to have a tank burst. That's every aquarist's nightmare.

Walmart sells 10gs made for fish for only $14. That's where I got all of mine.
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Ugh the more I work with this tank, the more I hate it. So, it came with this thing that gives off bubbles and changes the color of the lights. I have no gravel so the thing will not stay where I put it and it just keeps floating around. I am about to take it out and have no light in there other than the room light. But, wanted to ask first, do Betta's like the bubbles. The bubble stream can be adjusted, and I have it going pretty high now, but he seems to keep going over there to get some bubbles, it seems.

Then, every time I put my arm in there to make something stay down, water comes out the top. This is not an easy feat, because I have to stand on my desk to reach it.

I thought I had the heater figured out. It was seeming the bubble/light thingy was causing it to think its hot, I don't know, shutting it off. When I moved it, it turned back on. But I cannot get the bubble thingy/light to stay down anywhere cept using the bottom of the heater and wedging it under there. Temp is still around 68 in there.

If the bubles are not necessary and the weird changing light is not necessary, I am going to take it out.

Little stinker he is. I decided to try to feed him pellets again because I read they are better for him. I fed him 3. He takes one, spits it out. Goes to the next one, takes it in, spits it out. Did the same thing to all 3, and did it numerous times. In front of my face. So, took them out and gave him flakes. I have to get some shrimp in a can and try that too. I put my finger in there just still. He came up and tasted me, then ran away. He is so cute.
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