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I have recently purchased three betta fish. One is in a plant vase and the other two are each in a betta hex box.  

The temperture in my house is slowly dropping and I am concerned about keeping the water tempeture comfortable for them.
My inquiries to the store where I purchased the fish bring nothing but shrugs from the employees.

I have tempeture gauges on each of the bowls but I know it isn't healthy if the tempeture drops below 65.  Any suggestions as to how to keep the tempeture at an even level? I live in Connecticut.
Thanks for your help.  

Reply. Hello Lynn. Click here for information about keeping Bettas, where it states that Bettas need to be kept between 65 and 80-degrees F.

So Bettas should not be in water that is cooler than 65-degrees F., as you mentioned in your email.

I have several Bettas in 1.5-gallon fish bowls in my home, and although I live in warm San Diego, California, the temperature is now dropping.

My wonderful 82-year old mother lives with me, and she doesn't like it, when the house is colder than about 68-degrees, so I set the thermostat on our furnace at 68, and the water in my fish bowls does not drop below 65.

In fact last winter I never saw the water temperature on the thermometers in my fish bowls below 70.

But I don't know how to solve your problem, even though I acknowledge that you have a problem. Here are some radical ideas.

Some folks keep their Bettas in their warm water aquariums during cold weather. You can keep each male Betta in an Aquarium Net Breeder, that's set inside the aquarium.

Net Breeders are usually used to isolate pregnant female fish and their babies. Click here for more information about an Aquarium Net Breeder.

Actually you may be able to let one male Betta swim freely in your aquarium. It depends on what kind of fish you have in the aquarium, then put each of your other two Bettas in a separate Net Breeder.

Sometime males Bettas will get along together in a large aquarium. Usually they won't get along in the same aquarium.

You can also float fish bowls inside a warm water aquarium, and this arrangement will keep the water in the fish bowl warm, but this is a rather precarious arrangement.

If the fish bowls are made of glass, they may bump on the side of aquarium and crack the bowl or crack the aquarium. A plastic fish bowl would not cause this problem, but a plastic bowl still might sink, if it's bumped.

Here is, what I would call, a radical idea. I recently saw some very low wattage coffee cup heaters in a pharmacy, and seeing the coffee warmers reminded me of a friend named Kim, who I knew many years ago.

Kim put fish bowls with water but no fish on top of similar coffee warmers and checked the temperature, after a few hours, and the temperature was always too high.

So Kim put enough pieces of non-flammable insulation between each coffee warmer and the bowl that sat on top of the warmer, until the temperature in the bowl was just right. Then Kim replaced the test bowl with a similar bowl that contained a Betta.

I'd visit Kim's fish room and see these fish bowls precariously stacked on top of several pieces of insulation on top of the coffee warmers. This could not not possibly have been a safe arrangement, and I don't recommend it.

If you think of a better and safer way to keep your Bettas warm this winter, send me a report, and I'll post it here on, so everyone can benefit.


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I was reading the email from Lynn in Connecticut and had another option for her. I was looking at the aquariums on Ebay the other day and I saw what I believe is a 10-gallon fish tank with glass seperaters in .. it had 4 individual areas where she could keep each betta add a heater and they should be plenty warm this winter. Anyway hope this helps,
Thanks for your very imformative website,
Reply. Hello Melissa. I'm glad you reminded me. I've seen these aquariums too. One such aquarium that I saw was called a Betta Barracks.

It was about 24" wide, 6" tall, and maybe 4" from front to back, with about four glass dividers making five separated Betta containers, which each end up being about 5" x 6" x 4", which is rather small for a Betta.

I'm guessing it would be difficult to fit an aquarium heater into this aquarium, but it might be possible.

If you had an aquarium heater in one of the five separated containers, you'd need to circulate the water to the other four containers, or one Betta would be too hot and the others too cold.

So to make this project work we still need a small aquarium heater and some way to circulate the water.

My brother says he has a simpler method. He puts his plastic Betta bowl on top of his refrigerator during the coldest months. It's warm on top of his refrigerator, because his refrigerator produces heat on the outside, as it cools on the inside.

I just checked my refrigerator, and it's not warm on top, but it is warm on the sides. I could put my Betta bowl on the counter beside my refrigerator, and the water would probably be a few degrees warmer than it is now.

Thank you, Melissa, for your complimentary comment about

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