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Nano heating?

Should I use a heater for my 5 gallon ADA mini m? I see some of you guys dont have them, whats the deal with that?
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Depends on the fish and how cold it gets at your place. Nanos are tricky because they are so small, you don't want to clutter them up with a heater!

Here are a few options:

1) Small heater. They make very small heaters around 7" which you can put horizontally to better hide them from view. like this 50w adjustable temperature heater or this 50w fixed Temperature heater.

2) Heater pad. Like this

3) External heater. This is what I did. Requires a canister filter and some DIY skills. Hide the heater outside of the tank. Here's a good thread

4) No Heater. If your place stays warm enough, just go without!

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I use a 25 watt stealth in my 5.5 AGA nano. In the winter the my house is cooler and I like to keep all my tanks' temp at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here it is and it is on sale.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113767
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Wal mart sells a little nano heater that is like $6.99. I have several and they have performed well for me.

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Chaz, do those heaters have temp settings? I was thinking about getting one cuz they were so cheap but I wanted something with specific temp settings. I ended up getting a hydor 50watt which is the smallest heater I could find. It was expensive ($22.99) but is only 6" long and is very easy to hide.
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My guess would be one of two things. Either those don't have temperature adjustment or they are not submersible. Otherwise, I got to go to Wal Mart!

I think Big Als has the submersible/small heaters for pretty cheap. ($15.99)


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These dont have a temp setting, but they maintain my nanos at a constant temp. They are a cheap alternative to the settable heater if you arent picky about a speicific temp.

Hope this helps.

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With my 5.5gl the lighting ins enough to keep it at 25* (76f). This alos goes for my amazon themed tank that houses tetras and gouramis and cories. I do not use a heater in it as the cannopy and the light keep it warm enough.


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I am using a 200w Hydor ETH on my MINI M. I haven't had it on much lately but its worked great in the past. It heats the tank very fast and shuts off before it gets too hot.

If your not going to use a cannister than I would go with the smallest one I could find. Don't ruin a great looking nano with a huge heater.


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second vote for

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...eater-56k.html

Did something similar on my tank, love it. No leaks, no problems, stable temp

-ADA mini s- 29g low tech -
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I am using a super mini heater bought from a LFS for my 2.5G Nano. http://www.up-aqua.com/00-dm-page/00...eater2-big.jpg. It is the 9cm/25W version with an external temperature control. The heater body is only 3.5 inch which is very nice for NANO tank. It also provides adequate heating to my tank.
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second vote for

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...eater-56k.html

Did something similar on my tank, love it. No leaks, no problems, stable temp
Yzmxer99, what size tank and what canister filter did you use this on?


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i guess if ur room is decently warm u could use this
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113767
^^^^do these even work good b/c i need to heat an 8" cube and thinking of putting this under my substrate.
srry just noticed it was posted already
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Yzmxer99, what size tank and what canister filter did you use this on?
ADA mini-s (about 2.5 g) tank with a ecco 2232

-ADA mini s- 29g low tech -
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Yzmxer99, how's the flow? Not too harsh on a 2.5 gal?


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