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Ways to heat 4.5g nano?

All of my heaters are too big for my 4.5g tank. I'm using a HOB filter so no way to run an in-line heater. Not thrilled with the idea of a heater inside the tank but I'm not aware of any other options. If I do need to go with an in-tank heater, then what size should I get? Any specific models you fine TPT members have used?
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There are flat little heaters that might work.
Hydor Mini is one.
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Depending on the size of the filter you might be able to get a small one that fits in the hob


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Thank you both for your replies. I ended up getting a via aqua 50w so that I can adjust the temp. The "always on" models scare me since I live in a desert and my house could get to 90 degrees + if I'm not home with the air on in the summer.
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I have used the 'always on' type, but on a timer.
When the light is on the tank stays warm enough, or too warm.
At night I would set the timer for the heater to come on.
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I have used the 'always on' type, but on a timer.
When the light is on the tank stays warm enough, or too warm.
At night I would set the timer for the heater to come on.
Wow!? Thought this was exactly the opposite of how it says to use EVERY heater on EVERY safety manual? I wouldn't do this but "to each their own" right?

Id be more worried about the temps rising in the tank if you get such hot temps. Mini tanks will overheat quicker obviously.
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I would not trust a 50W for that small but look to heat from outside the vase. Perhaps a reptile heater for underneath paired with a temperature controller like the $15 auction site type?
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maybe use a Cobalt Aquatics 10-Watt heater.
btw.. nice tank picture on ROAK post.
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maybe use a Cobalt Aquatics 10-Watt heater.
btw.. nice tank picture on ROAK post.

Yeah I looked at those but I didn't want to risk using an always-on model.

Thanks for the compliment Lucas. Your ROAK with the hydrocotyle/blyxa inspired me to give back.
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I was in same boat and just went with an eheim jager 50w, as its same size as the 25w..

hide it behind plants, or just get used to it.. my biggest problem is remembering to power it off and let it cool down before doing water changes in a verticle position, but its been going strong even with my lack of discipline


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