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Old 09-05-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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Heater is EXTREMELY hot...

I just got Bojangles, my better, a heater today.
It has warmed the water a bit, but when I brushed my finger against it, it was hot enough to scorch my fingers
I quickly removed Bo from the bowl in order to prevent her from getting burnt, do all heaters get very warm like this, or should I remove it ASAP?

Another question is, I've noticed that people have advised against keeping bettas in fish bowls. However, is it okay if the bowl is more than 20 gallons, or is it still bad? (It's a round sphere type, not a cylinder)
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:00 PM   #2
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Heater is EXTREMELY hot...

Every heater I've ever had got hot. The fish seem to be smart enough not to touch it. I have my Betta in a Biorb 30liter that is filtered and has lights. It's a sphere. He's done well. I suggest you add plants the break up swim paths to keep any one from race tracking compulsively.
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I'm surprised these heaters don't have some sort of grill around them with holes, so fish and humans don't touch that glass directly.
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I think I have seen some with and outer sleeve somewhere but I have to imagine that's pretty hot too. Perhaps someone will chime in with other options. An inline heater if you happen to have a canister.
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A heater guard is common..
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...guard+aquarium
IMO you would have been better to remove the heater then betta?You could have shocked him moving to different water?
Taking the heater out would have just let the water cool to where it was ?
What kind of heater?
Can you adjust it?
Do you have a thermometer?
What was the water temp?
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It was 77 Fahrenheit according to the thermometer, and the heater adjusted it to 78.
I bought it because it gets very cold in Canada during the winter (Last time, my fish actually froze to death a couple years ago during a particularly cold one)
I moved her into the cup she came in with the same water she lives in, and she was pretty cooperative and swam into the cup when she saw a pellet in there.
Not sure how to adjust the heater, or what kind it is.
Also, what should I do to warm my betta in case of a power outage during winter?
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I heard somewhere that a general rule for tank heaters is 2.5 watts per gallon.

I didn't see anywhere if you mentioned your heaters wattage, and I think I saw a tank size of 20 gallons, is that right?

If so, a 50 watt heater would probably do.

There are smaller Betta heaters out on the market s well, for smaller heaters and tanks.
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