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Old 03-29-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Tank temp, what's your tank running at?

After reading MANY articles and surfing the Internet for days and days and doing more research, reading more and more....

I don't find a solid answer. Saltwater aquarium, what is the recommended temp?

After much research I'm finding there is NO definitive answer?

Some say depends on corals, where they come from and also where the fish come from. Also I read many other factors come into play as far as what temp to keep your saltwater tank at although every article I've read did mention stability is more important, of course you don't want your tank too high.

The reason I'm asking is mainly because I'm just curious, does it boil down the fish and corals?

My tank BC 29 runs at about 80-81 during the day and at night it will cool down a bit maybe to 78-79. That's not exactly stable now is it? Some articles say that many people actually do this to try and mimic nature and the sun up heating the water and the sundown cooling effect on the ocean.

Just curious is there any other articles or evidence to back up what the ideal tank temp should be.

I've read in other forums and in articles that some people keep there tanks 82+. Some below 78, seems there is a array of answers and opinions.

Thanks
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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temperatures in the ocean vary greatly, as does salinity and current...ect, so I wouldn't be too worried about sticking exactly to 79.456 degrees. Just watch out for signs of stress, keep the tank oxygenated, and in extreme cases, say your ac goes out and your tank gets up to 90+, turn your lights out and run them at night
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Mines at 80 and everything seems happy. The internet is a wacky place, on one site you'll get one answer and on another site something different. Most sites give range for temp, salinity, calcium, Ph... If you are in the range you should be ok so i personnally try to split the difference most pf the time and so far my tank os happy. If your lights hear your tank to 81 why not just set you heat to 80 so it only drops a degree at night? Thats what i would do but remember im just a guy on the internet
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I keep my tank at 80. I use the info here and from LiveAquaria on what is needed for a specimen and if it is compatible for what is going on in your tank.
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temperatures in the ocean vary greatly, as does salinity and current...ect, so I wouldn't be too worried about sticking exactly to 79.456 degrees. Just watch out for signs of stress, keep the tank oxygenated, and in extreme cases, say your ac goes out and your tank gets up to 90+, turn your lights out and run them at night
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Mines at 80 and everything seems happy. The internet is a wacky place, on one site you'll get one answer and on another site something different. Most sites give range for temp, salinity, calcium, Ph... If you are in the range you should be ok so i personnally try to split the difference most pf the time and so far my tank os happy. If your lights hear your tank to 81 why not just set you heat to 80 so it only drops a degree at night? Thats what i would do but remember im just a guy on the internet
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I keep my tank at 80. I use the info here and from LiveAquaria on what is needed for a specimen and if it is compatible for what is going on in your tank.
Thanks everyone. Sounds like I'm doing just fine. I'll see when the wife cranks the AC in the summer. She's always cold and I'm use to the heat so it doesn't bother me. A ceiling fan does the job for me.
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Mine varies between 78.5 and 80.
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It varies depending on the region of the ocean and currents. I have always been told that 76 is too cold and above 83-85 trouble can begin. I think consistency is more important...no big fast temp swings and you should be fine.
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I have almost identical temps and swings as you (OP) and haven't ran into a problem at all 80-80.5 during day and drops to 77.5-77 at night..anything more then a 3 degree swing though is start looking into correcting it but prefferably imo a 0-1 degree swing would be best
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I keep my tanks at 79 except for my biocube which runs at a consistent 81 degrees.
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I keep my tanks at 79 except for my biocube which runs at a consistent 81 degrees.
Same. Even with my LED upgrade it still runs hot.
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