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Old 08-06-2005, 05:44 PM   #1
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Water Temperature?

I seem to get mixed responses when I look for information on how hot (or cold) tank water should be for a saltwater aquarium. I eventually want to house some clownfish, firefish, snails, and maybe some smaller corals a year or so from now. When I check www.liveaquaria.com it shows that the ideal temperature for those fish is anywhere between 72-78 degrees. However, with my tank set up and running vented PC lighting 12 hours a day and with the current heatwave outside its been staying more around 80-82. Will this be a problem when it comes time to add lifeforms? Being that this is the hottest it has been in the room that the tank will stay in I don't foresee it getting any hotter. Will this ever be a problem?
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80-82 is still okay, but you should make sure it doesn't get hotter than that. Try pointing a fan at the tank.
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Is there a limit to how hot it can get or how long it can stay that hot? Again, I'm experiencing a heatwave where I am right now. It is an unusually hot summer. I just don't want to hurt the fish by the time they are in my established tank by the time next summer rolls around.
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The only problem is that you wont be able to keep some snails at that temp. When I had my 55 it would keep mine at 82 and my snails kept dying. There are some that will tolerate higher temps but I do not know which. Now in my 125 temp stays around 76. No problem with the snails now.
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Yeah my problem is that I live on the top floor and my A/C unit is probably too small for the large area that it is trying to cool. I'm going to try to blow a fan over the top of the tank and see if that helps. I definitely don't want to resort to a chiller, though.
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my 125 reef runs from 78-83 in the summer and all is fine.. I think that if you hit the 85+ mark for a long period then you will have problems..
Some snails will die off in the heat, the margarita(sp) do not handle the heat well from what I have read..
I have a fan in front of my AC and it blows the cool air right at the tank with the stand doors open on hot days..
Like you a chiller for my fish tank is not an option...
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