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Old 09-02-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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What temp do you keep ur reef tanks with coral? Was told by lfs that 78 was to high and th bring it down to 73. Any advice?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:20 AM   #2
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I've always run my reefs between 78 and 80. What were there reasons for such a low temp?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #3
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I'm between 79-81 depending on the tank, My cube runs hot no matter what I do. lol
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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"Because the ocean doesn't get that warm...." He's from Colorado, I'm from Florida... I told him I've swam in a warm ocean! It has warm and cool currents. But giving him the benefit of the doubt and him having a 180 gal personal tank for 8 yrs, I took his advice.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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I'm at 80-81 - mainly because I don't want a chiller, and my tank seems to stay at that temp with the windows open and 65F outside or 85 degree day with the windows open. I keep my A/C at 74. I live in Michigan.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:39 AM   #6
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Wow.. Mine is at 75 right now... Think I'll slowly bring it up.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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The advice I'd been given was a range from 78-83, but a constant temperature in that range was the most important. Reduce temp swings if at all possible.

I was also told that if you do experience a swing, you should try to avoid keeping the temp at 78 or 83 because you may dip too low, or climb too high.
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Mine stays at a constant 78 degrees. Your LFS is wrong. 78-82 will be OK.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:00 PM   #9
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Mine swings from 78 to 78.5 when the lights come on LOL pretty minor.
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My temp stays around 76-77.5 in the summer it reaches 78 max, that I have seen.
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