How can i warm my fish bowl?
I have no money at all. Got fired from my job but still trying to make ends meet. I don't have the money to go out and buy stuff for my fish bowl. The water is so cold and one of my fish died already. Is there anyway to heat up the bowl with out spending money? I don't what him to die so i need to to it in a day or so :cry:
i should warn you that you dont want to pour hot water in your fish bowl or on your fish, only warm water
I actually knew someone that ran into a similar problem. She actually put a cheep heating pad she had lying around the house under it (with a towel between) and left it on low. Kept them going until she could get a heater. You have to keep a close eye on it though to keep it from over heating. Hers never did, but still...
Edit: Be sure to guard against shock. When you need to do a pwc, unplug the heating pad and take the bowl off it to prevent sloshing some of the water on it.
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What kind of fish do you have and how big is the bowl ?
Not sure what kind of fish you have, but I hope your bowl is made out of GLASS.
Plastic/acrylic tanks can melt with this method.
A visual of what I'm talking about.
I have a OTT Lite desk lamp that uses a 4 bar 26W CFL tube, once it's on for over 30 minutes the surface of the light gets to about 110-115 degrees.
The problem with using a light is, it is not on the entire day, and the night is usually when a house is the coldest. Large daily temperature swings are not good for fish. Using warm water from the stove has the same problem, but even more temperature swings throughout the day (assuming your adding warm water more than once).
Unfortnatly there is no 'free' way to create heat, you'll be paying for it in one form or another (electricity).
I assume this is a Betta, as that's usually the only fish people subject to small bowls? Perhaps find a friend who keeps their house in the 70's willing to watch it for a time until you can get a heater. Ideally someone with a wood stove or fireplace as the area around those is usually several degrees warmer than the rest of the house. When you can, combine it with some other small things you need for the house and you can get one off Amazon for less than $7.50 with free shipping. Free shipping can take up to two weeks though.
I believe my friend had a glass one...
Anyway, could it be possible that the melted ones were placed directly on the heating pad? If so, wouldn't the problem be fixed by placing a nice thick towel folded several times between the pad and the bowl?
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Well, it's only a 25W light bulb. I would leave the lamp ON all through the night.
Compared to a space heater that uses 700W or a 1500W. 25W is NOTHING. It's worth wasting a incandescent bulb if it keeps the water warm enough to keep the fish alive.
Certain types of betta fish are hard to replace.
Leaving your fish with someone who lives in a well insulated stuffy concrete apartment building will work too.
I know a light builb won't break the bank usually in electricity cost (25W = ~$2.50/month). But 24/7 light is also extreamly stressful for fish which can lead to death (decreased lifespan, or susceptable to disease).
You can use the desk lamp to heat the glass bowl from the BOTTOM then.
Either way you can use the light to generate heat temporarily. Just have to be craftier about it.
If the fish is going to FREEZE anyway, why not try?
Also if you have a NICE cave/coffee mug, the fish might ACTUALLY use it for shelter now to escape the light.
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