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Nano Heaters?

Hey guys,

Do those of you with Nanos use heaters? I just set up a fluval EBI 8 gallon and Im not sure if I should heat. The tank remained at 74 degrees overnight with no light. Its in a basement with pretty steady temperature. No fish yet but I have glosso and Brazilian pennywort so far.

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I use heaters in my 2.5g and 5g betta tanks.
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I use a 25w heater in my 4g nano...

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Small heaters are relatively inexpensive, just an added security in maintaining tank temperature

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Living in the region you do, it's probably a good idea to get a cheap heater just in case.

I have an 200w in-line ETH on my Ebi that kicks on about once a day. Wouldn't hurt to have a small heater or some sort.


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It's important to keep the temps pretty steady - if you add lights then the temps may go up and down without a heater.
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Temperatures in the wild vary 5-6 degrees per day without a problem. Even with heaters, they can vary.

The fluctuation from lights on and lights off is fairly slow. Most critters can handle it as long as it's not extreme (like 15-20 degrees).

But a heater is a good idea.


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The fluctuation from lights on and lights off is fairly slow.
I don't completely agree with this because a nano tank can heat up quite quickly compared to a tank with a larger volume of water.

Some small tanks - Minibows for example - come with incandescent lights that heat up the water pretty fast. I switch those bulbs out for that reason, but I'm sure many people use them. The 8g the OP has may be alright, but a 2.5g can heat up quickly.
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I have tons of standard 2.5gal tanks - covered - with 26w CFLs about 1.5 inches above the water.

Ambient room temp of about 70.

Temps never get above 80 in the tanks.


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Right. I specifically said "incandescent lights" in my post above tho. They come in some of the nano kits I've purchased, and they will heat up a small tank in no time.

In any event - it seems most agree that a heater in a nano is a good idea unless you live in the tropics

There are quite a few nice heaters for nano tanks now - used to be that you had to buy a 25w and that was the only choice. Some of them are pre-set to 78 degrees so you don't even have to set them. There are also others that raise the temp 7 degrees higher than the ambient temp (this is no good tho if your ambient temp fluctuates).

I just bought this one last week and it's working great:

http://www.mopsdirect.us/heater-degr...l?currency=USD

Marineland also makes a few mini heaters that work well.
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