Any way to heat a 1.5 gallon tank safely?

Worryrock2007
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I bought a 1.5 gallon tank for my Betta about a month and a half ago. I have read that you can't heat a tank that small without killing the fish, is this true?
 
sirdarksol
  • #2
Many people have had bad experiences with the smaller heaters. I'm not sure one way or another about them.
The best way to heat such a small tank would be to keep the room the tank is at the proper temp. Unfortunately, this is usually difficult.
 
TheEssigs
  • #3
I don't know if this will answer your question or not, but I bought a 2.5 gallon eclipse tank, and found that just having the light on made the water soooo warm you don't need a heater. It actually read 85 degrees one day. I now limit the amout of time the light is on in order to keep the fish at a comfortable temp.
 
Worryrock2007
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
thanks for the advice
 
Worryrock2007
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Many people have had bad experiences with the smaller heaters. I'm not sure one way or another about them.
The best way to heat such a small tank would be to keep the room the tank is at the proper temp. Unfortunately, this is usually difficult.
Yeah, that's what I have read.
 
Alia1074
  • #6
I also have a small tank and was thinking of getting a heater for it. However, most of the heaters I've seen in the store are too big for the tank. I was thinking of using a light for heat but I don't know how well that will really work.
 
Worryrock2007
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jsalemi
  • #8
Something like this might work for you:
 
sgould
  • #9
I wonder if you could set it on a heating pad, like you would use for sore muscles, and keep it on a low setting? Never tried it...just brainstorming.
 
sirdarksol
  • #10
Those things aren't made to run constantly.

Wondering, though, if you could use a reptile's heating rock near the tank, or perhaps a reptile's heat lamp. It can't be a normal light, because the fish need a "night" cycle, but a heat lamp might work.
However, this will require a lot of "monkeying" until you find out exactly where the lamp/rock needs to go.
 
Worryrock2007
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  • #11
Something like this might work for you:

looks like it might, but my tank is not 2 gallons, its only 1.5.
 

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