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Old 08-13-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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beginner aquarium heater ?

this is probably a dumb newb question, but is it necessary to buy a heater for a small 5-6 gallon tank, ie an eclipse or something, want to have a few tropical fish like platy or swordtails, if so how do i get it in the aquarium through a lid like that where there is no gap for the heater's cord to fit through the lid? thanks for the help.

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Pretty important, if only to maintain a stable temp. A small Hagen Thermal Compact or suchlike will work just fine. What sort of top do you have that has no space for a heater-cord (one assumes that you have some sort of filter that requires a space in the lid)?

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My first tank didnt have a hole in the lid, i just made one with a file but that was a plastic lid. Even if it is plastic you have to be very careful not to crack it and if its glass you'd probably better take it somewhere to get cut if you dont know how to cut glass.
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Smaller aquariums are more susceptible to temperature swings, so they may actually need it more.
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yeah a 25 watt heater would go well for your tank, smaller tanks can go from 80 during the day with the light on to 70 at night....thats a HUGE swing and isnt good for the fish

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