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Hello everyone, this is my first post here. I am in the planning stages for an 8 gallon planted betta bowl. I will be using a small canister filter and I am trying to decide on a heater. My concern is the fact that the tank is a bowl, so I'm not sure about adhering a standard heater to the side of it. And of course it is small so I don't want to take up too much space. I have considered an in-line heater; I haven't used one before and I'm not sure about using one on a nano. I have a small undergravel heater but I do want to heavily plant so that doesn't seem like the best solution. Anyone have any suggestions for a bowl heater?
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I have an 8g jumbo bubble bowl on my desk and have run a 50 watt hydro theo (most commonly recommended heater by betta owners). Suction cupped to the side has caused no issues, been running well over 18 months.
I don't trust any under gravel heaters-most small ones are also sold as 'betta heaters' and have a very bad habit of over heating and cooking fish.

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Thank you for the reply. I guess I won't have a problem sticking a heater to the side of the bowl. I am considering the Aqueon 50 W heater, which is a preset 78 degrees. It's a little over an inch smaller than that one and I think I'll be OK sticking to that temperature for a betta bowl.
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I have an 8g jumbo bubble bowl on my desk and have run a 50 watt hydro theo (most commonly recommended heater by betta owners). Suction cupped to the side has caused no issues, been running well over 18 months.
I don't trust any under gravel heaters-most small ones are also sold as 'betta heaters' and have a very bad habit of over heating and cooking fish.
The other issue is that those 'heaters' have no thermostat control and they are generally very limited wattage, about 7 to 15 watts for most. The old school AquaClear A series 25 and 50 watt heaters are small, and very reliable.

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