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o i just brought home a badis and a killi after a 4 hour drive home. I put them in a premade 2.5 gallon and I think the marina C10 preset heater is over heating the tank. The fish were hiding like they usually would in a new tank, but then they started to freak out. The water seemed too warm so i took the heater out. I don't have another heater and my thermostat broke.


Not sure if i should try the heater again or leave it out. I dont want these guys to die...

What should I do?
 

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Your fish may still do well without the heater depending as to where the tank is located. if it is in a heated space that has the same or at least close to their temperature requirements they should do ok while you get yourself a replacement heater.
 

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If you don't live near a pet store, it might be worth ordering a thermometer online. I have free shipping with Amazon and could get you one in two days if you PM me your address and real name (no charge). You can also look up the information about your fish on Seriously Fish to see what kind of temps they like.

The badis may have been jumpy just being in with the killi in a new tank. They can be timid.

I have found all my marina c10s to be reliable, but if yours is a death machine it is better to have no heater than a broken one.

Good luck!
 

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As April said, in a pinch you could just add a desk lamp for the time being and that should bring your temps up enough to where the fish are not in any danger. I did that for a while for my kids' bettas as I noticed my kitchen was getting pretty cold at night.
 

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Do you have a thermometer or a way of measuring the temperature. I am sure you know a thermostatic setting on a heater is not the same as a thermometer. I would not rely on what my heater is set at to indicate temperature for a number of reasons.
 

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A week in readings are now:

Nitrate 10ppm
Nitrite .5ppm
75 hardness
Alkalinity 180
Ph 8

Water change every few days to keep nitrites down. Also added more plants to help stabilize things.
You should cycle the tank next time before adding fish, but in this case right now just keep doing what you're doing. What is your ammonia levels at? If you have Seachem Prime water condition it helps a lot with fish-in cycle as it detoxifies ammonia and nitrites.
 

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You should cycle the tank next time before adding fish, but in this case right now just keep doing what you're doing. What is your ammonia levels at? If you have Seachem Prime water condition it helps a lot with fish-in cycle as it detoxifies ammonia and nitrites.
He NEEDS to be using Prime, or something; Victoria uses chloramine.
 
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