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What heater should I use for a nano?

Hi all. I just started a nano and I need some help finding a heater for it. I bought an Eclipse System 3 to use as a RCS nano. Since the tank is only 3 gallons, I can't fit a traditional heater in it. The only 'mini' heaters I have found, hang on the back like so:

http://www.aquaticmountain.com/show_...&utm_term=2534

This won't work since the Eclipse hood encloses the whole tank. Does anyone have suggestions?

edit: Has anyone had experiences growing plants in the Eclipse systems? I heard they can grow since they have about 2wpg. Do I need to upgrade the light?
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as long as the room the tank is in is over 68 deg you dont need a heater.


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Hydor and Marineland both make a mini heater. You can't really adjust the temp though (i don't think). I haven't used either of these though.

I did use a really generic mini-heater from WalMart years back and I remember hating it a great deal.

You might be able to find a really small adjustable submersible heater that will do the job. Regardless, you're going to have a cord coming out of the tank so I hope there's room for that.

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i have an eclipse 12 with no heater, anubis, different mosses, red cherry and crystal red shrimp.

my plants are all low light plants and do great.


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Tetra makes an inexpensive pre-set heater that you can also find at walmart. The 50 watt model is shorter than six inches. I have one of the bigger ones, and it seems to be working just fine. It has a solid-state thermostat, so there's a reduced risk of it malfunctioning and boiling your tank. I'm also using a 150 watt Hydor Theo heater in my 29g tank at the moment and I like it a lot. The smaller Theo models are also pretty short, and they're adjustable unlike the Tetra heaters. The 25 and 50 watt Theo heaters are just under seven inches.
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i would go with a 25 watt theo heater.
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thanks so much everyone!
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I use this one on my 5.5 and it works great:
https://www.marinedepot.com/ps_Aquar...ydor_mini.html

I actually put it underneath my substrate so its totally hidden.


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I've used both the tetra model that swylie describes and the hydor mott linked to with good results, but like bsmith mentions if the rooms fairly warm you really dont need one.


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Marineland 10w is set at 78 degrees, the Hydor 7w has no thermostat.

And since it only gets cold in Texas at night, I keep the heater on a timer w/ the moonlights.
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Marineland Visi-Therm Stealth Submersible Aquarium Heaters

This will work win your Eclipse 3 and it works great. It has excellent reviews too.
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Marineland Visi-Therm Stealth Submersible Aquarium Heaters

This will work win your Eclipse 3 and it works great. It has excellent reviews too.
I second this. It looks nice too because it is solid black, less obtrusive. I use the 50 wt in my 10" cube. I would not recommend 'NOT' using a heater in such a small tank. Too much of a chance of fluctuation. As in all tanks, stability is very important.
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The hydor^^^^^ I use does not have a thermostat but if your room temp stays steady so will the water.
For instance I keep my room temp at 70 year round my 5.5 never goes above 75
which is perfect for my shrimp.
I like this heater because it is the least obtrusive besides the inline model.


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what temp is the room?


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i actually have no clue what my room temp is. im using one of those sticker thermometers, and without a heater, its reading 78 degrees. i hope thats right. i live in NYC, so im kinda surprised that its actually that warm.
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