Light as a heater?

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lolagurl

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Hi, I have a tank, about 3 gallon, with a small molly in it (i know it'll need a bigger tank), I also have a 15 gallon tank but i put my molly by himself in this one. He is a dalmation molly, and they're so pretty!. So i obviously hve the filter the lighting, but i only have a two plug area, and i like to leave the light on. I have a extra heater, but i was wondering if mollies need heaters because the lady at the shop said they didn't. Also if I have to put the heater in, then i have to move the tank and its right beside my bed ..so an help would be much appreciated, lola
 

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you will have to turn the light off for at least 12 hours. too much light can promote algae growth. fish also need darkness so than can sleep. i have one plug behind my 4ft tank and have a 6 plug junction box running off that and i am using all six plugs(still need more as i wwant to run a moonlight.) I am led to believe mollies need some kind of temperatured water but not sure exactly what temp if you go to the "fish profiles" and type in molly this will give you the answer.

running a 4 point juntion box off your one plug will solve the problem. i know here in australia the are relatively inexpensive so i gather they would be to in the U.S

regards Dazzler
 
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yea i am gonna get one of those junction boxes, Its just bad because my heater I guess is a relatively cheap one, it was 40 dollars and i now know what temperature they should have,just it doesnt say on my heater, so I don't know if i should put the heater at low or medium, its winter here so...
thanku dazzler, you have been very helpful 
Also ok my tank has a lid, if i put my heater in the lid will not stay on, jeez so many problems. :-[
Oh, and this may sound dumb but is there any heaters out there that don't beed to be hooked up..im just trying to figue this out.
 

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you can put your heater on a 45 deg angle if it is too long. if it is the power cord thats sticking out i just used a glass cutter and cut one of the corners just enough to fit the cord in also enough room for me to feed the fish without taking the lid off! you can also get a thermometer to check the temp (the same kind as the one you put under your tongue) i have two 1 digital and a normal kind both generally read the same so i know whats going on there. my digital cost me $9 australian and my normal one cost $5.

are you with me on the glass cutter thing( might be an australian thing)

regards dazzler
 
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yes..lol i dont know if it is called a glasscutter...lol..o I found a way, under the hinging that holds the lamp part on top of the tank...I have to get a new heater anyway, this ones for a 10 gallon tank, but it will work for tonight(i just put it on a very low setting, knowing that its supposed to heat up a 10 gallon tank).....and i am efiently gettting a socket box so i can plug everything in..thankyou
 
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