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Old 06-12-2006, 11:28 PM   #11
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I keep mine around 76 but as Mrs Hara said find what is reasonable and maintain it. Sounds like good advice
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Here's yet another opinion to complicate matters. Eric Borneman's book says the average temperature of reefs around the world is 82 and that's what you should try to keep your reef at. The higher temperature increases the metabolism of animals from what I have understood. Of course, where your inhabitants come from is also an important matter.

Regardless, I think stability is probably the most important factor.
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Regardless, I think stability is probably the most important factor.
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Think of the ocean. It generally has a range of temps, in direct sunlight, morining, noon, night, rain, clouds, winds and such. If you keep them within a certain acceptable range (you don't want to cook them or get them too cold), they should be fine. If you have a larger tank, the change in temp will be less gradual.
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:45 PM   #15
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Mine stays between 78-81 from night to miday. I think that most livestock after acclimated to one temp range will be fine even though that temp range may be alot different from others. I have plenty of sps, lps, etc.. that are growing great at this temp, and it is alot easier to maintain especially without a chiller.
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OK, i tried setting my heater higher (82) for easier maintaining and it seems like it's kicking up the algae growth. I now set my heater at 77. Let see what will happen.
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anything from 77 - 82 should be ok, for the most part. I have had shrimp die at the temps higher than 82. I read somewhere that temps higher than 80 are bad for them.

Disolved oxygen in the water is effected by temp. The lower the temp, the more disolved oxygen the water is able to carry. I would guess that not only did the high temp stress your animals, but the drop in oxygen did as well. Temp will also effect other aspects of water chemistry as well.

If you have a deep water reef tank - low light corals, etc I would cheat it lower, to about 77. For high light corals that live real close to the water's surface in the wild, 80 should be ok, but I would avoid much higher than that. Stable temp is more important, a few degrees swing is fine, but you don't want it 83 during the day and 70 at night.
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Yea, from a book i read, anything above 80 is bad for a reef tank. I dont know how come some people on this forum is keeping their temp at 82. I guess the book is old XD
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I dont know how come some people on this forum is keeping their temp at 82.
Quite simply, because it works for us. You asked our thoughts, we gave it and now your implication is that we have no clue as to what we are talking about because we dont do it by your books method. When you have some experience, you will understand that there is more than just one "right way" to do things.
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My tank stays at 82 and has for the last 4yrs. This is the temp I am able to maintain during the summer months so that's where I keep it. I've seen no ill effects.
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