I am just getting together my first fresh water tank set up and I really don't understand a lot about heaters. I want to make sure I get something correct and that can do what I need it to. I was hoping that someone could point me to what I should be looking for heater-wise... I am not even sure what info you all need to know to help me.
-I am going to try to set up a 5 gallon planted betta tank with (maybe) some rili shrimp and an apple snail.
-I have read that bettas and apple snails like 76-82F and that rili shrimp like 68-78F... which means that the tank will have to be 76-78F right?
-My house usually hovers around 65F.... sometimes a little warmer during the summer and way colder during the winter though we try to keep it 65F.
How do I know if a heater can heat it up 12 degrees? Could I find a heater that could heat up my tank to 82F in case of an Ich outbreak? (Am I being paranoid about that?)
Any thoughts and/or ideas would be much welcome. Thanks.