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Old 12-31-2003, 12:36 AM   #11
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Always ran at 81 and 1.026. If it's not broke don't fix it!

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Old 12-31-2003, 05:37 PM   #12
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Your right fishfreak I have a 250 Watt. The store had none in stock so we got the 250 Watt heater instead. So far I am increasing the heater very slowly and always monitoring the temp. I will bring it to 79 - 80 mark since most people keep talking about it. As for my salinity I have it at 1.022. I hope that is good.

They should just make one standard and everyone should follow it. It is driving me bananas as to what temp is the best.

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Old 12-31-2003, 06:15 PM   #13
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IMO here's the story. On a natrual reef it sometimes does get into the low 70's right, so why shouldn't our tanks, but maybe not fluctuating constantly like you have. i think stability is more important than temerpature, as long as it is below 83 and above 60. the reason for a higher temp. like 80-82 would be for faster metabolism and therefore growth rate, but faster metabolism requires more food, and with more food, more waste. Fastest growth isn't always the healtiest. Hot water also carries less oxygen than cold and fish with faster metabolism need more oxygen than fish with a slower metabolism.

As for salt- when there was only fish and no inverts it was better to have low salt. inside the body of a fish the fluids actually have less salt than in the water surrounding it. fish urinate salts out to keep this salinity. and if thier body fluids get too fresh they absorb water through thier skin. Therefore fish expend less energy when the salt is a bit below sea water. however invertabrates cannot control the salenity of thier body fluids in thier body, so they need the salenity of natraul sea water.

its really all about your opinions and what you want to keep.
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Old 12-31-2003, 06:31 PM   #14
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oops!, i meant 70, sorry

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