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Does a betta need a heater...?

Hey guys, i currently have a 10 gallon that is housing one male betta. Somewhere else on this forum, it was suggested to me i could bung him in a 1-2 gallon bowl/tank. I have a filter for it and i suppose an overhead lamp for it. Do i need a heater?
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To the best of my knowledge, they don't require a heater, but you may want to keep it in an area that doesn't get severe temp. changes (i.e. Bowl gets sunlight in the AM, and room gets cold at night)

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whats your room temp? they should be kept in tropical conditions
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The water in the bowl currently is around 70 - 72 F
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My understanding is they do fine in the low 70s, but prefer temps as high as 80.
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Yes they do need a heater. They survive in low 70s but are much healthier and long lived when kept between 78 to 82F.
In the low 70s they are usually very inactive and lethargic - one of the reasons why people think they "do fine" in a small cup or bowl - cause they "dont move much anyways".
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I have noticed a difference in activity and temp, though they always seem active if they have the space to move around. I have 2 that are kept at 80 and they are very active.
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