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Old 05-17-2006, 06:30 PM   #11
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If the new water is not close to the temperature of the existing tank water then this could be quite stressful when it is added to the tank. 1) anything in the path of the sudden rush of cooler water may be stressed. 2) if the tank temperature itself is reduced quickly it may stress everybody. If the difference is nominal (1 degree or less) then I wouldn't be too overly concerned.
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heaters are cheap you really need to get a heater. when I had Fresh water tanks and was new I used cold water for the water changes and my fish ended up getting Ich.
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ok, I will get one picked up. Do you think until then it would work better if I used warm (not hot) tap water when making my water so it is not so cold.
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I had a heater nightmare during a recent surge in hot weather here. My temperature inside the house soared and I wasn't watching the thermometer in the tank. I reached in to adjust a rock and was amazed when I noticed how hot the tank was - almost 95F! Oddly enough nothing died, and I was in a bit of a panic to lower the temperature as quickly as I could. I didn't have a clue how much you could lower the temperature without stressing the fish, so it's taken me a few days to get it down to 80F. I had to add a block of ice to lower the temperature down 2F at a time (I didn't feel comfortable lowering it more than that) and the fish were huddling up to the iceberg as it thawed out. They don't even get that close together at feeding time...it was a really bad sign that I was neglecting my tank and I felt like a complete tool for not considering my fish during the heat wave. I had to turn my heater right down and turn off my MH lights for two days to get the temperature under control. Time to invest in a chiller.

Lesson learned folks - heat wave + heater + metal halides = hot tub. Thank god everyone was ok!
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ok, I will get one picked up. Do you think until then it would work better if I used warm (not hot) tap water when making my water so it is not so cold.
I mix mine in a big bucket, others use a plastic trashcan. I start by getting the temp of my tap water close to what I want, drop in my heater and PH, and start mixing my water. I only mix it for about 24 hours, some suggest 24-36 for good areation. I make sure the temp is close to my tank's temp and then do my PWC.
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By you saying get your tap water close to what you want then you add the heater, are you using warm tap water to mix your salt in?
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By you saying get your tap water close to what you want then you add the heater, are you using warm tap water to mix your salt in?
Yep, add the heater and let it sit before plugging in (so the heater "acclimates" to the temp in the bucket) about 15 mins or so, otherwise it might crack, from the quick change in temp. I also warm up the tap, even though I mix for 24hours, so the salt will dissolve a little faster. Otherwise I have to wait for the water to heat up and will get inaccurate salinity readings until the water becomes the correct temp.
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