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#1 BigOlePappy

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 07:23 PM

I would think not, because where bettas are from its super hot.

I am having a hard time getting my heater to cool down, so I was wondering.

My heater is a Hydor 50W. The tank is a 5gallon semi-hex. I had the heater on 73-74ish degrees. I turned it down to the minimum 71 degrees to see if that works I have actually heard some enthusiasts say bettas do better in 85-90 if you can do that. But I am skeptical without asking around.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:33 PM

It's fine for the short term if it's staying stable. But you should get a better heater!

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:43 PM

It's fine for the short term if it's staying stable. But you should get a better heater!


Well, its not a bad heater. Its very high quality. The problem is that is heats too much. Its stable, but very hot.

I turned the settings down to the minimum and its staying at 82 now.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 08:41 AM

Is it actually turning on or is your light heating the water up?

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:51 PM

Is it actually turning on or is your light heating the water up?


Where i have it I can't really see it, so I'm not sure.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:03 PM

So can you turn it or move it so you can see it?

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:41 PM

Sounds a bit high for the long-run.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:58 PM

If you have a bad thermostat. 85 can turn into 100 plus very suddenly.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:24 AM

Well, its not a bad heater. Its very high quality. The problem is that is heats too much. Its stable, but very hot.


Even a heater made by a great brand can be faulty. You should be able to exchange it.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:17 PM

Well, its the heater's thermostat. During the winter when my room is 40-50 degrees my tank's water is around 84 degrees. I don't think that can happen just by the light.

The control variable being turning down my heater to its lowest setting as also made my temperature lower consistently as well. Unfortunately I think the lowest my heater will let my tank get to is 81-82 degrees. 50W is designed for a bigger tank--I think.

But in conclusion, the thermostat is fine as long as keeping a stable temp. Its been moved to where I can monitor whether it comes on or not, but I still havn't seen it be very active. Its hard to see the heating light when the aquarium light is on. When the aquarium light is off, I'm asleep.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:37 PM

Well, its the heater's thermostat. During the winter when my room is 40-50 degrees my tank's water is around 84 degrees. I don't think that can happen just by the light.

The tank light can make a HUGE difference! Try leaving the tank light off for a day and checking the temperature then.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 06:50 PM

The tank light can make a HUGE difference! Try leaving the tank light off for a day and checking the temperature then.


Its possible, but the math doesn't add up. If my tank light is heating my tank 30-40+ degrees during the winter then during the summer my tank should be not in the 80's but in the 110-120 range.




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