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Old 03-29-2007, 03:51 PM   #11
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what's the total fluctuation over 24 hours. A two degree temp variation is ok--again I agree with everyone else--its the total variation that might be a problem.
FYI the average temperature of sea water around a reef is 85%.
No one has every been able to give me a satisfactory answer why 78 became the norm for our tanks---other then it works 8) ---and experiene is the best teacher.
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I will try one crab since my fluctuation is only 2 degress. I am currently floating a bottle during the day to keep it that way though.
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Old 03-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #12
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FYI the average temperature of sea water around a reef is 85%.
True that generally reef temperatures can get seasonally higher than what we keep our tanks but with increased heat it's also harder to control other water parameters in a closed environment which isn't an issue in the vast ocean thus the reason why the majority of saltwater literature recommends temperatures in the range of 75-82 degrees.

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No one has every been able to give me a satisfactory answer why 78 became the norm for our tanks---other then it works 8)
High temperatures stress the tanks stock in several ways.

First, as the water temperature rises, less oxygen is able to stay in solution, and so the dissolved oxygen concentration in the aquarium water decreases.

Second, the increase in temperature speeds up the metabolism of all organisms present in the system, which can lead to illness and other secondary complications.

Third, if the temperature rises too high (in extreme cases), proteins that make up the cells of organisms can actually begin to denature, or "unravel", which should be inherently avoided.
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Old 03-29-2007, 05:02 PM   #13
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FWIW when things hit ~90 very bad things can start happening very fast, in aquariums at least. The ideal temp for a reef IMO is ~77-82, w/ <2 degree fluctuation daily.
What type of lighting do you have that you need to use cool water bottles already to maintain temp? Is it very warm where you are? There should be a much better option(s) for you, just need some info. Filling out the "my info" button would help us.
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:41 PM   #14
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I am from the caribbean and it gets about 82F daily. It hardly ever gets into the 90s hardly. I am just making sure that in case it gets too hot that it does not go overboard.
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Ahh, ok. I was assuming you were in the US. It must be nice to be surrounded by tropical ocean! Best of luck to you.
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Yup it is really nice, I know I have the ocean in my backyard but still wanted one in my house too.
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