Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:57 PM
where can u get some<
that or pad?
Posted 23 September 2006 - 03:09 AM
what is it< It's basically the "innards" of a heat pad sandwiched between two layers of thln flexible plastic
what is it<
where can u get some<
that or pad?
how much< Price depends on width & length (clck here for website)
any good< I don't know, I just ordered mine (it better be ! LOL)
that or pad?< Depends on your needs. For me the tape could be cut to fit the shelves I keep my guys on. Pre-made pads were too short or too long. Plus tape is cheaper since you make it up yourself
I was going through the same delimma. To use a heat tape you also need a thermostat to control the temp. (with pads too) I use 1 gal jars to house my boys and I found this to be the most practical way to heat them since heaters aren't reccomended for tanks that small. This is where I got my stuff. They have heat tape in 3", 4", and 11", plus thermostats and pre-made heat pads too. Hope this helps!
Edited by They Call Me Betta Salad, 23 September 2006 - 03:36 AM.
Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:34 AM
is it only good if set on plastic, or okay on wood or metal surfaces,
what kind of therm. would be good,
also what if the housing i think might be less then 1 gallon,
what kind of housing would be good?
would glass be okay?
the previous info was very helpful,
Posted 23 September 2006 - 10:31 AM
Pkt, i honestly cant really help you because i have never used flexi watt with fish. Just herps and it was my friends set up.
Bettasalad lemmie know how it goes! I hope well ^^
Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:33 PM
is it only good if set on plastic, or okay on wood or metal surfaces, since it only reaches 90 to 100 degrees w/o thermostat, it should be safe on nearly any surface
what kind of therm. would be good, They had one at the above site that woud control up to 3 heat tapes for $30
also what if the housing i think might be less then 1 gallon, That will work, you just have to change the water more often. With 1 gal, you can do weekly water changes (as long as you don't overfeed) 1/2 gal should be changed every 3 days.
what kind of housing would be good? Personally, I wouldn't ever use anything under 1/2 gal, it's too cramped for the betta, plus you have to spend half of your time changing water (I'm lazy ) It needs a lid because bettas will jump out (anything placed over the container w/ air holes will work)
would glass be okay? I prefer glass, because it is easy to clean and don't scratch as easily as plastic
I should have my setup this week. After I get it situated and going I'll post again with my opinion of the system and how well it works!!
Edited by They Call Me Betta Salad, 23 September 2006 - 09:42 PM.
Posted 29 September 2006 - 04:12 AM
Yeaaaah! I finally did an experiment that turned out good!
Edited by They Call Me Betta Salad, 29 September 2006 - 04:19 AM.
Posted 29 September 2006 - 05:42 AM
I think we all have trouble keeping 1 gallon tanks at a stable temp and if this is cost effective in the long run, it might be something many more of us would want to look into.
Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:07 AM
On the 2 shelves w/ gal jars, I have room to add another on each shelf for a total of 11 jars heated for $75
(couldn't buy 11 heaters for that price - even if they would work on gal. jars - plus the room they would take up inside such a small space & trying to manage 11 cords. three tapes plug into thermostat = 1 cord to plug the thermostat to power) Thermostat has 1 probe that I placed in the middle jar of the middle shelf = All three rows had identical temps!
The tape is also available in 3" width for $2.10 per foot and 11" for $3.60 per ft. The 11" can only be cut @ 1 ft. increments (??) whereas the 3" & 4" can be cut anylength.
This place had some of the most reasonable prices for pre-made heating mats I've seen and are available in various lengths and widths.
Edited by They Call Me Betta Salad, 29 September 2006 - 08:56 AM.
Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:54 AM
I'm going to pin this. We are always trying to figure out the best way to heat the smaller set ups and this seems like an excellent idea if you have more than just a couple of bettas to keep warm.
Posted 29 September 2006 - 02:30 PM
thanks eudies for the pinner!
Posted 29 September 2006 - 06:23 PM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 02:36 PM
I think I'm going to get some for when I have to jar my babies...MUCH better than having 30+ heaters going all at once!
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