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  1. I just got these - whatever Grahamling needs, he gets! He was too cold - so we got him a thermometer! And the tropis will need very warms tank, too! What on earth did we do last winter...? http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/F7...7/Itemdy00.aspx http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/F7...8/Itemdy00.aspx The giant one is for the GF tank - it is great - wherever I look I can see the tank temperature - as an added bonus, I can see the room temperature! And, with high and low alert settings, I will know if the tank gets too cold right away - works in reverse in the summer! This stands upright or can be mounted on a wall (comes with brackets and screws - oh yeah - comes with a battery, too)! The little thermometer comes with all the same features it just displays one at a time, a switch on the side flips from room temp. to tank/water temp. in an instant. It also has sticky pads so the thermometer can be mounted anywhere. (also comes with battery)! I was carful not to place the probe too close to the heater - any advice on the best place to put it? mid-level inthe tank, bottom, or closer to the surface, away sorm air bubbler? I guess I will experiement while it is not too cold... BTW - I was using the plain old traditional thermometer and it really works just fine! But, the numbers were very small and hard to read as often as I wanted to! I think they are very fine gadgets and I have used them elsewhere in the house - this is just a nice upgrade I am very pleased with that I thoguht worth mentioning.
  2. Check this out: http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/F4...6/Itemdy00.aspx I have one in my 3g Betta tank and two in my 12g Killisfish tank - only been one week - I will add a flollow-up review once I have used them longer: I like that these are flat heating elements - I had a molly once, Spartacus, who died by wedging himself between the heater the tank wall - it was awful! I never want to see a fish burned by a glass tube heater again! This fits flush agaisnt whatever surface you put it against so no fish can get stuck! Also, during a water change, if the heater is not turned off, the glass can shetter! Let's not even think about that one! This heater functions safely in or out of water (althoug it is intended for underwater use and it is not recommended to operate in dry environments -it will be perfectly safe for the amount time it takes to do a WC). Also, low heat output means it is safe for aquarium animals and plants. And, not nearly as important, but aesthetically, this is a nicer option - it can even be placed on the floor under the gravel! For bare-bottom tanks, it can be placed anywhere you might be able to camo. it - like behind some plants! And, it is perfect for people with black backgrounds (like me)! The price is great! For this prive, if the heat is not enough, I can just add another one! Besides, it is actually hard to find the right heater for small tanks - most are for minimum 10g tanks - so this gives some nice alternatives - like Betta tanks! The only drawback is that the heat is not adjustable - you have to keep an eye on your thermometer and plug-in or unplug as needed - that said, look at the price! I am very pleased with these so far! Anyone ever used them?!
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