50W Heater For a 3g Tank? Overkill?

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Hey guys,
I was wondering if a 50W heater would be overkill for a 3 gallon tank. My LFS has 50W and 10W heaters. The 10W won't be enough but I feel the 50W is too much.
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They should be automatic, meaning they get to a certain temperature and then turn off. Whether it's preset or adjustable depends on the brand.
 
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Okay, so if I get a preset heater, it shouldn't boil the tank's inhabitants?
 

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AquaticQueen said:
Hey guys,
I was wondering if a 50W heater would be overkill for a 3 gallon tank. My LFS has 50W and 10W heaters. The 10W won't be enough but I feel the 50W is too much.
Thoughts?
I prefer the 50w. I have had problems with smaller microheaters than standard 50watt.
 
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