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Old 06-11-2006, 10:07 AM   #1
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The "perfect" Temperature

I have been trying to find the ideal temperature for a SW tank but from dif. sources, i get dif. suggestion of a "perfect" temperature.

From a LFS, the owner told me temp. should be 77F
From another LFS, the worker told me temp. should be 79F
From a book, the temp should be 74 - 76 and 80+ is not suitable for a SW tank.
From a few ppls on this and other forums, the temp. can be 82 so maintaining it can be easier.

So, what is the "perfect" temp?
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Old 06-11-2006, 10:44 AM   #2
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There is no "perfect" temp...perfect is what you can maintain in a reasonable manner. Studies being done show the oceans are warming continually.
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I agree with Hara. I keep my tank heater set at 80F. It flucuates between 79 and 81, and I've had no problems.
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mine fluctuates almost the same as devilishturtles.
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I just wanted to know how to set my heater. So what's the advantage of keeping the temp around 80 instead of say 77
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Hmm...none?

None that I know of.
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The advantage is this, IF your tank hovers around 80 degrees with the lights on....then by setting your heater at 80, you will not have a variance in temperature when the lights go off.
Whereas, if you set your thermometer at 77, the temp will be allowed to drop to 76 before the heater turns on, therefore allowing a 4 degree temp difference. That is why I said pick a temp that is reasonable to maintain instead of fighting it.
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I see. Alright, thanks
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As long as yoru coalr is happy the temperature is ok.
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Wow, temp almost killed my BTA yesterday... All this time trying to find the "perfect" temp... UGH

Yesterday, it was 98 outside and my A/C was somehow set to 90. My tank was around 83, but i didn't even notice. I went out and bought 5G of SW to peform a WC (battling cyano), and it sat in the car for like 1.5 hours cuz i had to go somewhere else. So the 5G got really hot, but i didn't notice either. When i finished WC, my tank's temp was 86 and my BTA started to "melt" down. All other livestocks show no sign of illness. I didn't know what was happening. I thought the BTA was just doing its thing. About an hour later, i look at the temp and freaked out. I added ice, turned off everything except for 1 pump...

I tried to find the perfect temp while temp almost crashed my tank XD
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