I need to get some type of heater for the winter for
my fish? It doesn't get too cold here. Almost never
below freezing. If so what kind of heater do you
A: How tres cool, we just got our first question from Japan :)). Well Eric, welcome to the bettatalk.com family! Please have a seat in our classroom while I work my way to the blackboard. Topic of our class today: Heaters 101 :).
So today children, we are going to talk about heaters. Bettas and heaters, to be more specific. As you know bettas are tropical fish and need water temperatures in the range of 65F to 85F if they are to survive. Ideal range is 70F to 80F. From 60F to 65F the bettas will become more lethargic but they will still survive (grouchy but alive). Below 55F bettas will get hypothermia and die.
Please quiet in the back row!
;) OK, so as I was saying, for your bettas to truly flourish you will want the water temperatures to not drop below 60F. The main concern here is not so much how cold it is in your country/state etc, but how cold it gets in your home. The way I go about assessing if a tank needs a heater is with the help of a thermometer. I measure the water temps. If temps fall below 65F, I personally add a heater.
Now kids, a very important note about heaters. Heaters cannot be used on tanks smaller than 5 gal. They definitely are not an option for jars, bowls or tiny tanks. Why? Because even the smaller heaters could turn your bettas into bouillabaisse (fish soup) in less time they it took me to type this (and I am a fast typist LOL).
Mr. Betta says : "PLEASE don't turn me into soup!".
So here are pointers about how to keep water in safe range for different set-ups:
Picking a heater. Yes, I guess that kinda was your question in the first place he? Will the kid in the red shirt over there stop throwing chocolate-bar-wrappers-carefully-molded-into-deadly-balls at my forehead? Thank you.
Remember: Saving a few dollars on a heater purchase is NOT a good move because a faulty heater may KILL all your fish (as in cook them to death) or even electrocute you. So Faithyoda says: If peace of mind you want, spend the money you must.
OK kids, it's
recess time! I hope this helped and Sayonara!