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Old 08-09-2014, 06:05 PM   #1
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I currently do not have any heater on my 120 gallon tank. It holds about 70 to 72 degrees. Will my fish be happier at a warmer temperature or leave them be? I do have a heater but I just have never turned it on...

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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Aquarium fish are generally tropical, so are used to water that's a bit warmer than 72 degrees. I'd say your tank could use a couple of 200 watt heaters placed at opposite ends of the tank and set them for 76 degrees. Most plants will like the warmer water too. You'll need those heaters when the weather outside gets colder.

As for brands, I use hydor theo. You can get them at the local pet store for $20.00 or so a piece.

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Plus 1 - I run mine at about 76 to 80F.
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Ok. Thanks. I turned the heater on. I'll let you know if the fish seem happier. They seemed fine before but I was just wondering if the water was too cold or not.

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the channel cat might not like the higher temps they are not a tropical fish but live in lakes and streams of the USA
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Will it kill him or what will it do? I could take him to my dad's house. He has no heater on his 45 gallon tall tank if it will harm him. I figured it is hot in the water here in Texas too. Lol

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Old 08-09-2014, 09:05 PM   #7
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I'd say 74-76 degrees would be better

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