Has Anyone Used A Heat Mat To Heat A Small Aquarium?

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I'm looking for experiences, good and bad - cracked aquarium? heat spots?
This is for my betta tank, I know about junior heaters, so I'm now interested in the prospect for heat mats - what wattage to what size tank etc
 

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don't do it.

heat mats should not be used for long term heating of any objects and should also not be subjected to heavy weights. you should also never use any heat source for an aquarium unless it is being controlled by a thermostat.
 

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Are you talking about heat mats for reptiles or some other type? If it's heat mats used for reptiles I wouldn't suggest it because of the weight of the tank. You would have to elevate it with little things on each corner and I don't suggest that with water. Plus it's not a controlled heat. Not sure how hot they get exactly but we only used one when we had a gecko and that was with about 4 inches of sand.

I'd say stick with a heater ment for aquarium use.
 

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you can buy thermostats for these heaters anyway and im going to go out on a limb and say this tank is small yes? if so i personally wouldnt see any issues as even full its probably small enough to lift and fairly light.

but an aquarium heater is still alot cheaper by far maybe try and find one of the smaller brands. visitherm do a very good line i have a 50w heater that is only 8" or 200mm long and the 25w is even smaller, might be worth your while looking into them instead :good:
 

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I know this is a bit of an old post, but I thought I'd add an opinion. Now at home, being the green fingered type, I have a propergator for plants (which consists of two large trays approx. 3ft x 2ft with a single large heatmat sandwiched between them...and no this is not my own dodgy design lol) . Now I noticed a while back that it got awfully humid, yet not hot. So I decided to do a little test and put a 12L tank inside of it, closed it up and left it on.

Now granted that it took about 4 hours to heat the tank up, but it did eventually do it and kept it stable at about 25 degrees C.
Unfortunately there was one flaw. Once you took the lid off the propergator the temperature of the tank dropped within 10 mins or so (not good if you did a water change). But I believe that this showed that the right sort of heat mats could be used, if in an suitable enviroment.

It might be an idea to recreate a larger version of the propergator and see if that would work. Getting around the having to take the lid off might be as simple as rigging up a two way water system to do water changes. I wouldn't rule out heat mats completely. Although most of not designed to take the weight of a tank, it might be an investment if specialist heat mats were created for aquaria (if they haven't already been created). Although if one were to go down the route of making a larger version of the propergator design, but for aquatic use. Then I can only dream of the possibilities for breeding gouramis, bettas etc seeing as the propergator I have at home kept the air soo warm and humid that labrynths would have no problem developing at fry stage.

If anyone would like to add any thoughts, this could be a very interesting discussion on future aqua heating design.
 

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I'm looking for experiences, good and bad - cracked aquarium? heat spots?
This is for my betta tank, I know about junior heaters, so I'm now interested in the prospect for heat mats - what wattage to what size tank etc
I use a small heat pad covered with cloth. Works perfect for my small Beta bowl 1/2 gal. keeps the temp at 74°F. To change out some water just place some on corner of the pad for 1 day to bring up to temp.
 

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