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silentlistener 10-05-2008 01:19 PM

help for heater !!
I have a 65 gallon tank. I saw a heater in the market.. that store guy was telling me that what type of heater I need is actually depend on my tank size.. he was telling me that I need 300 watt heater.. is that rue ? n I saw a thermometer too.. for just 50 bucks( indian currency)..I have 10 tiger barbs and 9 mollies in my 65 gallon tank with dark black gravel and rock decorations.. is my tank overstocked..... asking this because... all my tiger barbs stay at one place only.. n most of the time my tank looks empty. because barbs stay at one place only.. I found some nice mollies in some store.. is my stock is OK ? n don't have plants.. thinking of some plants... :?: :?:

Tyyrlym 10-05-2008 02:27 PM

Well lets see.

65 Gallon tank so yes, you need between 200 and 300 watts of heating. I'd highly recommend going to two heaters instead of a single one, it'll heat more evenly and you'll be able to handle a busted heater no problem. Two 100 or 150 watt heaters would be good.

Thermometer, just the simply glass kind will do. You don't need a digital one.

Your tank isn't really over stocked. If your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates are under control you're fine.

What kind of filter do you have?

willow 10-05-2008 04:14 PM

the addition of plants would be great,wether thay are real or fake.
it will help the barbs feel more secure,
as long as you leave a space in the middle of the tank for free swimming
you should find more activity with them ,they are in a nice size group,
so should keep all their agression amoungs themselves.

hello and welcome to you. :)

iamntbatman 10-06-2008 12:26 AM

I agree on what Tyyrlym said about the heaters and what willow said about the barbs.

How long have you had the barbs? Mine school tightly when they get moved around or when I rearrange the tank and tend to hide in the corners in a bunch. Give them plenty of plants and some time and they'll be more active for you.

KarlS 10-06-2008 12:49 AM

I was given the same advice about the 2 heaters also upon 1st joining this forum & having temperature issues. It's really is a great idea & worth the extra $$. I am now able to keep the temperature of the aquarium AT 25-27C (I think about 77-82 fahrenheit {pure guess from memory} ) without having to worry. As for plants even if they serve no purpose for the fish (usually not the case) they will awlays look nice in a tank.

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