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Old 06-11-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Need Small Heater

Please recommend me a small heater (about 6" long) to heat a small (3-gal) tank. If the heater does not have an adjustable temperature set point, it must be preset at 75-80 degrees F.

It would be a plus if the heater could be bought either at PetSmart or through Amazon.com.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:34 PM   #2
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Hmmm...that's a toughy. Tetra makes a small heater, but I've never found one that worked. And besides, I think even the little tetra heater would make it too warm in a tank that small. Speaking of which, what were you thinking of keeping in a tank that small? Other than snails or shrimp I can't think of a fish that you could keep in there.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
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Other than snails or shrimp I can't think of a fish that you could keep in there.
Bingo! It's a species-only tank for red cherry shrimp.
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petsmart has a hydor mini heater. I keep my rcs at room temp.
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petsmart has a hydor mini heater. I keep my rcs at room temp.
I keep my house pretty cold - usually about 65. Isn't that too cold? Also, I thought RCS need warmer (75-80) to breed.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:59 AM   #6
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I suppose the heater could be up to 9" long if I mounted it horizontally. Does that help the recommendation any?
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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Bingo! It's a species-only tank for red cherry shrimp.
LOL! Well, there ya go then!
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:13 PM   #8
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I was thinking of the hydor miniheater as well, but as jeta said, it only raises the temp by something like 5 degrees IIRC. I've got one that I've used a few times in a tiny hospital tank, but it definitely wouldn't warm your water to 75-80 unless your house was that hot. But I don't know the first thing about rcs.
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LOL! Well, there ya go then!
Well, it was the RCS or 6 fancy goldfish like the picture on the aquarium's box showed
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from what I've read, it's supposed to bring it up to around 76. As to whether it has enough wattage to do that, it'd depend on both ambient room temp but also the volume of the tank it's going in. Since it's rated for a 5g, a tank half that size would probably get up to the desired temp much easier.

Even if it doesn't get it all the way up to 76, I think you'll be fine. I've had no problem breeding RCS in the low 70s.
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