Keeping a small tank warm?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by PythonTheBetta, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. PythonTheBettaValued MemberMember

    Python is currently in a 0.7 gallon tank. She was not a planed "rescue" and my first fish. This is an upgrade from the small hex tank she came to me in. I have a 10 gallon but it's not set up yet as I don't have the appropriate piece of furniture to put it on yet. I know this isn't an ideal set up but it's only temporary so please don't go on a long rant about proper betta care.

    My question is how can I keep the tank a little warmer? It usually stays at about 78-82F and occasionally 84, since that's the temperature of the house. But the last few days have been chilly(in July?! crazy, I know) and the tank is dropping down to 74-76(which is warmer than the house is) I've been keeping the light above the tank on but is there anything else I can do?
    (doing a fish-in cycle right now is not possible and something I'm not comfortable doing even if it was possible to do currently)
  2. BettaChuckValued MemberMember

    I honestly can't think of a way to keep a tank that small SAFELY heated. Is there any chance you can get the cheapest 2.5 gallon available tank? Not some set with hood, light, filter etc, just a plain ol' 2-2.5 maybe 3 gallon tank like  . That one you could safely heat with a 25 w adjustable heater. Until you get the 10 gal up and running. This is what I would do at least. Good luck!
  3. PythonTheBettaValued MemberMember

    Unfortunately I don't think my mom would go for buying yet another tank. I was afraid that would be the only option. But thank you for the idea! Would a 25 watt be enough for a 10 gallon as well? I do plan on buying a heater for the big tank
  4. Subha92Valued MemberMember

    The only thing i would suggest you to make an external DIY airpump powerd filter that works like a Canister. Put that external filter into a heater with thermostat to make the temperature under control. That is the only way to make the temperature a little bit hight with a controlled manner in such a small aquarium.
    Try to search for making DIY canister filter powered by a air pump.
    Best of Luck
  5. BettaChuckValued MemberMember

    For a 10 gal I would honestly go with a 50w heater(of course adjustable one, always get an adjustable one). I have a 25w in my 7gal and I can see it "struggling" at times and plan on switching to a 50w one. See what others have to say too though.
  6. PythonTheBettaValued MemberMember

    The instruction manual with the 10g said 50w but it also said to put 2 goldfish or 2 plecos or 1 goldfish 1 pleco in a 5 gallon tank. so I figured I'd double check on the heater

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